Dr. Judi Hollis, founder of the nation's first eating disorders hospital unit, reports that in twenty years of clinical practice, she has never met a starving or binging person who wasn't raging within.
Why? What is the link between unexpressed anger and food obsession? At the root of all disordered eating is one painful truth-- our mothers passed on lies about the pain, sadness and rage of their own lives. Mothers who transmit these feelings to their daughters create a bond that makes healthy separation impossible. And when daughters cannot claim their lives, they try to sedate, control, and suppress themselves-- with food.
Dr. Hollis cautions that facing the mother-daughter wound does not mean blaming your mother; it means befriending your mother and yourself. Mothers cannot teach what they themselves were never taught.
'Fat and Furious' is not an answer book. It is a book that will teach you how to ask probing questions-- the first step to self-healing. True recovery begins with learning to face hunger and emptiness, which, far from being a vacuum, is a place filled with strange, wild, and empowering sensations. We can only find this place when we stop using food to muffle our soul's cry.
(From the inside dust-jacket) Sturdy hardcover edition.