Women and their weight
- By: Isabella Laws
The fact that many women have an obsession with being the “right” weight is hardly a revelation. But in her latest book, The Ministry of Being Thin, Emma Woolf discusses the various factors and industries that fuel our fascination with food, and our relationship with it. She says “we delay our lives, we put our happiness on hold, we tell ourselves how great everything will be when we’ve lost weight.” According to Woolf, our life choices in everything from sex to surgery are dictated by how we look, and how that in turn makes us feel. The book is able to offer a particularly personal insight into the topic, as the author had anorexia nervosa for 10 years.
One of the most important points Woolf emphasises is the misrepresentation of anorexia nervosa and other eating disorders in the media and public mindset—“they make it sound like a lifestyle choice”—going on