Margo Maine, Ph.D is co-founder of the Maine Weinstein Specialty Group, LLC, and a clinical psychologist who has specialized in the treatment of eating disorders for more than two decades. She is the author of several well respected books including The Body Myth: Adult Women and the Pressure to be Perfect, Treatment of Eating Disorders: Bridging the Research-Practice Gap, and Effective Clinical Practice in the Treatment of Eating Disorders. She is a clinical consultant to and former director of the Eating Disorders Program at the Institute of Living in Hartford, CT, and a Clinical Professor at the University of Connecticut Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Maine is a founder of the National Eating Disorders Association and the Academy for Eating Disorders.

Craig Johnson, Ph.D. is one of the world's foremost authorities on eating disorders.

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Father Hunger

Fathers, Daughters, and the Pursuit of Thinness

Author: Margo Maine, Ph.D.
Preface: Craig Johnson, Ph.D.


The first edition of this book added the term "father hunger" to everyday language to explain the emptiness, and resulting food and body-image disorders, experienced by women with physically or emotionally absent fathers. Based on ten years of further study, this Second Edition of Father Hunger details the origins of the syndrome and its effect on the family, with new practical solutions to help dads and daughters understand and improve their relationships.

Dr. Maine also introduces the concept of "Global Girls," which describes today's adolescents in terms of the globalization of media, corporate marketing, and body image. An expanded section for educators and therapists offers strategies and techniques for preventing impasses in treatment.


"The book offers healthy, well-balanced advice to family members and health practitioners. It is a unique book not only for its clinical insights for therapists but also for school counselors and educators as well."
— Karen H. Jones, Ph.D., The Prevention Researcher

"Fact one: Dads tend to withdraw from girls during adolescence. Fact two: Adolescent girls too often develop unhealthy eating behaviors. Put these two ideas together and you get a fascinating book called Father Hunger."
Daughters: A newsletter for parents of girls ages 8-18

"Dr. Maine does a nice job of integrating psychological and sociological research into her material. An important contribution of work in this area, suitable for community college students and up."

"Practical advice to help readers understand and improve father-daughter relationships, and helps families at multi-generational levels to reconnect."
— Betitina Wood, Healthline

"I found the book to be 'carefronting' in relationship to my own married daughter and granddaughter. . . an excellent systemic book for therapists as well. . . it has good theory, is reality based, and has practical suggestions. I enjoyed reading this book."
— Ralph Earle, Ph.D., past-President, American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy

"This powerful book clearly explains how a father's emotional or physical absence can contribute to a daughter's eating problems, body dissatisfaction, and low self-esteem."
— Lindsey Hall author of BULIMIA: A Guide to Recovery and Self-Esteem: Tools for Recovery