This is an insightful and essential new volume for academics and professionals interested in the lived experience of those who struggle with disordered eating. Embodiment and Eating Disorders situates the complicated – and increasingly prevalent – topic of disordered eating at the crossroads of many academic disciplines, articulating a notion of embodied selfhood that rejects the separation of mind and body and calls for a feminist, existential, and sociopolitically aware approach to eating disorder treatment. Experts from a variety of backgrounds and specializations examine theories of embodiment, current empirical research, and practical examples and strategies for prevention and treatment.
"Embodiment and Eating Disorders brings together diverse scholar-clinician-advocates whose chapters connect provocative 19th- and 20th-century existential and/or feminist philosophies with a stunning array of topics, including how to do embodying research about embodiment, clinical neuroscience, family therapies, yoga, blogging as resistance to colonizing white beauty ideals, the meanings of recovery, and the limits of ‘positive body image.’ This informative, jargon-free book should become a go-to bridge between embodiment’s rich past and exciting future."
—Michael P. Levine, PhD, FAED, emeritus professor of psychology at Kenyon College
"Embodiment and Eating Disorders expands the current discourse of conceptualizing, preventing, and treating eating disorders from an intra-individual model to a much-needed embodied model that honors the dynamic interplay between the individual and the world. Qualitative studies, case studies, sample transcripts, and practice recommendations are intertwined within the chapters to illustrate how to promote embodiment in girls and women. This book should prove an invaluable resource for clinicians, researchers, and the general reader alike."
—Tracy L. Tylka, PhD, professor of psychology at The Ohio State University and editor-in-chief of Body Image: An International Journal of Research
"A wonderful book that adds an understanding of the self as an integrated embodied whole. It offers a novel and much needed existential and phenomenological perspective on eating disorders. A must-read for clinicians and students who want to learn how to work with the lived experience of the body in eating disorders."
—Leslie Greenberg, PhD, distinguished research professor emeritus of psychology at York University
"What an open and inspired view on the body, the psyche, and the spirit! This volume portrays the body as not just part of the human being, but as the graspable incorporation of humanness. This is the best preventive attitude and therapeutic view!"
—Alfried Längle, MD, PhD, founder and president of the International Society of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis
List of Contributors; Introduction I. Theoretical and Philosophical Perspectives of Embodiment and Eating Disorders 1. Embodiment and Body Image: Relating and Exploring Constructs, Hillary L. McBride 2. Understanding Disordered Eating and (Dis)embodiment through a Feminist Lens, Hillary L. McBride and Janelle L. Kwee 3. Embodiment: A Non-Dualistic and Existential Perspective on Understanding and Treating Disordered Eating, Mihaela Launeanu and Janelle L. Kwee 4. From Having a Body to Being Embodied: Phenomenological Theories on Embodiment, Barbara Weber 5. The Developmental Theory of Embodiment: Implications for Treatment and Prevention of Eating Disorders, Heather Jacobson and M. Elizabeth Lewis Hall 6. Conceptualizing and Measuring Embodiment: Lessons from a Response Processes Inquiry with Women Recovering from Anorexia Nervosa, Mihaela Launeanu, Chelsea Beyer, and Christina Bally 7. Moving Toward Embodied Research, Elizabeth Chan 8. Eating Disorders as Disorders of Embodiment and Identity: Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives, Giovanni Stanghellini, Milena Mancini, Giovanni Castellini, and Valdo Ricca II. Embodiment and Eating Disorder Research 9. Sexuality, Disordered Eating, and Embodiment, Kelsey Siemens and Janelle L. Kwee 10. Intergenerational Journeys: Mothers Raising Embodied Daughters, Hillary L. McBride and Janelle L. Kwee 11. Poems of the Past, Present, and Future: Becoming a More Embodied Self in Recovering from Anorexia Nervosa, Chelsea Beyer and Mihaela Launeanu 12. Older Women and the Embodied Experience of Weight, Laura Hurd Clarke 13. The Neuroscience of Eating Disorders and Embodiment, Jessica Moncrieff-Boyd, Ian Frampton, and Kenneth Nunn 14. Ayahuasca and the Healing of Eating Disorders, Marika Renelli, Jenna Fletcher, Anja Loizaga-Velder, Natasha Files, Kenneth Tupper, and Adele LaFrance III. Prevention and Treatment of Eating Disorders 15. ‘Fat’ as Political Disobedience: Black Women Blogging the Resistance, Andrea Shaw and Jazmyn Brown 16. Yoga as Pathway to Positive Embodiment in the Prevention and Treatment of Eating Disorders, Catherine Cook-Cottone 17. Emotion-Based Psychotherapies in the Treatment of Eating Disorders, Meris Williams and Natasha Files 18. ‘Free To Be’: An Embodiment Program for Youth, Renae Y. Regehr and Rhea L. Owens 19. Lifespan Integration Therapy for Eating Disorders: A Case Study of Anorexia Nervosa, Cindy Wuflestad and Peggy Pace 20. Bringing the Body Back into ‘Body Image’: Body-Centered Perspectives on Eating Disorders, Adrienne Ressler and Susan Kleinman 21. Practical Strategies for Promoting Embodiment in Eating Disorder Prevention and Treatment, Janelle L. Kwee and Mihaela Launeanu IV. Concluding Thoughts 22. Embodiment and Eating Disorders: An Emergent Vision for Theory, Research, and Practice, Janelle L. Kwee and Hillary L. McBride