Well, this is an interesting book and certainly one that I could have used during my turbulent teens and twenties. Geneen Roth is a former compulsive eater turned writer and mentor who explores the relationship women have with food.
Through explorations of her own journey as well as many of the women in her workshops she not surprisingly discovers that people’s behaviours are often locked in the wounds of childhood.
The self-punishing and relentless cycle of binge eating represents the double-edged sword of momentary oblivion followed by self-hatred and recrimination. “If only I could be thin my life would be perfect.” “Once I get down to a size 10 everything will be good.” And while many will find themselves reaching these self-inflicted goals it’s often done in such an unhealthy way and without the true self-discovery needed that the cycle starts all over again.
Roth explores the idea that healthy weight loss isn’t about weight loss at all. It’s about untangling the emotional wounds of the past that prevent us from self-love . Learn to love yourself and everything else will follow seems to be the lesson from this book. Although Women, Food and God deals specifically with compulsive eating, I suspect that this book could appeal to anyone with addiction issues.