Book Review: Fat Talk: What Girls and Their Parents Say About Dieting. Mimi Nichter, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA; 2000. 202 pp. + appendices

Book Review: Fat Talk: What Girls and Their Parents Say About Dieting. Mimi Nichter, Harvard... P1: ZBU Sex Roles [sers] PP623-sers-452347 September 13, 2002 10:45 Style file version June 3rd, 2002 ° C Sex Roles, Vol. 46, Nos. 11/12, June 2002 ( 2002) Book Review Fat Talk: What Girls and Their Parents Say about peers, in an “I’m so fat—no, you’re not” exchange. Dieting. Mimi Nichter, Harvard University Engaging in fat talk also forestalls scrutiny of behav- Press, Cambridge, MA; 2000. 202 pp. iors such as eating forbidden foods, and it serves a +appendices. bonding function between mothers and daughters as both complain about their bodily attributes. Accord- Describing body image discourse of predomi- ing to Nichter, once she identified the existence of fat nantly White adolescent girls, Mimi Nichter’s Fat Talk talk, she began to hear it everywhere. evokes vivid images of the teenage experience. This Through careful in-depth interviews and food re- small gem of an ethnography plunges readers into call evaluations, Nichter dispels the myth of teenage flashbacks of adolescence, while simultaneously em- dieting. Dieting becomes, like other aspects of adoles- phasizing the insight and agency with which Amer- cence, an experimental process in which actual caloric ican teen girls today cope with eating, body image, restriction is usually not maintained http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sex Roles Springer Journals

Book Review: Fat Talk: What Girls and Their Parents Say About Dieting. Mimi Nichter, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA; 2000. 202 pp. + appendices

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Publisher
Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © 2002 by Plenum Publishing Corporation
Subject
Psychology; Gender Studies; Sociology, general; Medicine/Public Health, general
ISSN
0360-0025
eISSN
1573-2762
D.O.I.
10.1023/A:1020421832371
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P1: ZBU Sex Roles [sers] PP623-sers-452347 September 13, 2002 10:45 Style file version June 3rd, 2002 ° C Sex Roles, Vol. 46, Nos. 11/12, June 2002 ( 2002) Book Review Fat Talk: What Girls and Their Parents Say about peers, in an “I’m so fat—no, you’re not” exchange. Dieting. Mimi Nichter, Harvard University Engaging in fat talk also forestalls scrutiny of behav- Press, Cambridge, MA; 2000. 202 pp. iors such as eating forbidden foods, and it serves a +appendices. bonding function between mothers and daughters as both complain about their bodily attributes. Accord- Describing body image discourse of predomi- ing to Nichter, once she identified the existence of fat nantly White adolescent girls, Mimi Nichter’s Fat Talk talk, she began to hear it everywhere. evokes vivid images of the teenage experience. This Through careful in-depth interviews and food re- small gem of an ethnography plunges readers into call evaluations, Nichter dispels the myth of teenage flashbacks of adolescence, while simultaneously em- dieting. Dieting becomes, like other aspects of adoles- phasizing the insight and agency with which Amer- cence, an experimental process in which actual caloric ican teen girls today cope with eating, body image, restriction is usually not maintained

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Published: Oct 13, 2004

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