Paperback: 272 pages
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Meet the Author
Cynthia M. Bulik, Ph.D., FAED, is the Distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she is also Professor of Nutrition in the Gillings School of Global Public Health and the Director of the UNC Eating Disorders Program. A clinical psychologist by training, Dr. Bulik has been conducting research and treating individuals with eating disorders for over two decades. She received her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. She completed internships and post-doctoral fellowships at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She developed outpatient, day patient, and inpatient services for eating disorders both in New Zealand and in the United States. Her research has included treatment, laboratory, epidemiological, twin and molecular genetic studies of eating disorders and body weight regulation. She also develops innovative means of integrating technology into treatment for eating disorders and obesity. She has active research collaborations throughout the United States and in twenty countries around the world. Dr. Bulik has written over 400 scientific papers and chapters on eating disorders and is author of Eating Disorders: Detection and Treatment (Dunmore), Runaway Eating (Rodale), Crave: Why You Binge Eat and How to Stop (Walker), and Abnormal Psychology(Prentice Hall). She is a recipient of the Eating Disorders Coalition Research Award, the Academy for Eating Disorders Leadership Award for Research, the Price Family National Eating Disorders Association Research Award, Carolina Women’s Center Women’s Advocacy Award, the Women’s Leadership Council Faculty-to-Faculty Mentorship Award, the František Faltus Award, and the Academy for Eating Disorders Meehan-Hartley Advocacy Award. She is a past president of the Academy for Eating Disorders, past Vice-President of the Eating Disorders Coalition, and past Associate Editor of the International Journal of Eating Disorders. Dr. Bulik holds the first endowed professorship in eating disorders in the United States. Her academic life is balanced by being happily married with three children and a gold medalist ice dancer.
Why I Wrote Woman in the Mirror
Women are in crisis. Our roles in the home, school, and workplace are as confused as ever. Even after decades of fighting for equal rights, we remain trapped by glass ceilings. We topple around in treacherous stilettos while our male counterparts navigate the world comfortably in soft-leathered slippers. We work and save our money not for exotic vacations or new adventures, but for plastic surgery to help us retain a youthful ideal. Our worth as humans remains inexorably intertwined with our appearance. We have few role models to help us understand how to separate our self-esteem from our body esteem. I was compelled to write this book because of the constant self-dissatisfaction I heard coming from girls and women of all ages. Whether it was a kindergarten girl hating on her protruding belly and claiming she had to go on a diet or the seventy-six year old cancer victim who was worried about which dress she was going to be laid to rest in because some of them made her look fat, the universal chatter is marked by dissatisfaction and disrespect toward the self. In Woman in the Mirror I try not only to understand why women are so down on themselves, but also to illuminate paths towards greater self-respect. The book is infused with women’s voices—sharing their struggles and their victories—helping the rest of us design our own blueprint for disentangling our self-esteem from our body esteem. Regardless of your age, race, ethnicity, financial status, education or occupation, Woman in the Mirror, contains universal themes shared by all women. My goal is to help us understand and support each other and in so doing help us understand and support ourselves. Woman in the Mirror will help you appreciate the challenges that women face from cradle to grave. I guide you through your own internal library of self-thoughts that has been developed over the years, and help you re-write the script resulting in a more respectful inner self-dialogue. My goal in writing this book was to empower women to develop respectful inner dialogue so that their self-perception becomes congruent with their unique and valuable contribution to the world.