In Like Mother, Like Daughter, Debra traces the spread of disordered eating and body dissatisfaction in each generation to more and more women and to younger and younger girls. Through the latest research, she documents the destructive cycle of dieting and overeating, and untangles the complicated web of mother-daughter food connections. Debra Waterhouse provides the skills needed to break free from this unhealthy cycle, pass on healthier eating patterns, and finally overcome our weight obsessions. Like Mother, Like Daughter will help all women to rise above society's restrictive eating rules; recognize the many direct and subtle ways that mothers, serving as society's messengers, unknowingly pass the torch of food and weight preoccupation; accept the healthy biological passage of womanhood from puberty through menopause and find a comfortable weight that's right for them; and take responsibility for their own relationship with food and become a healthier role model for the important women in their lives
Since many women are obsessed with thinness, they diet in pursuit of their ideal body image. These women learned to diet from their mothers and will, in turn, teach their daughters by example. Waterhouse (Why Women Need Chocolate), a dietitian and former anorexic, wants to break this vicious cycle by teaching women to have a healthy relationship with food so that they will be positive role models for their daughters. She advocates common-sense measures such as eating a wide variety of foods in moderation, balancing food intake with exercise, and encouraging a positive body image. She offers practical suggestions for modifying eating and exercise patterns in order to achieve a healthy lifestyle. This book deals with making behavior changes that improve both physical health and parental relationships. I wish every mother in America would read it!