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I run a weight loss course. Before you get angry and press delete, hear this: I advertise the course as a weight loss course because in today's climate that's what attracts clients - and those who are trying to lose weight are those most in need of help.

The course itself actually teaches women how to STOP dieting using cognitive behavioural therapy, it also teaches them how to stop hating their bodies, fat or thin - body dissatisfaction DRIVES overeating and ruins lives. When these women see the truth about how we're manipulated by the fashion/beauty/diet indurstries into eating ourselves to death, they do stop overeating, they stop bingeing and they stop purging. An inevitable side-effect of this is weight loss, which is what they joined the course for, but which is no longer a priority or even important.

The Food Philosophy is an anti-diet, anti-body fascist, anti-slimming industry marketing, anti-women's media, anti-opression course. It takes women who live lives of utter pain and self-hatred and turns them into independent, self-reliant radical thinkers who feel totally alive. I'd love to see an article in your Zine on The Food Philosophy.
January 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterSue Thomason
You're in good company....I do the same!

It's unfortunate that in order to attract women to the anti-diet approach we still need to use words as "weight-loss" etc, but if that's how we can spread the word around - let it be.

I also offer on-line counseling and on-line therapy groups, plus a support forum on my site ( I'm a ISMHO member).
I work with Hebrew speaking women, and I already have 1387 subscribed members on my site.

I now got permission from AnyBody to translate some materials from this English site to Hebrew with a link to the petition, and I hope hundreds of Israeli women will also sign the petition.

Be well.
March 8, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterSmadar Prager
I think it might be more useful to look at something like Susie Orbach's very reasonably priced books and the impact they've had. No offence to you, Sue, but your course is prohibitively expensive to anyone outside the middle classes. When weight watchers costs £5 a week to go, I could go for 4 years and only just get to the cost of your course... I realise you don't have to pay if it doesn't work for you, but surely that's self defeating, in the sense that anyone worried about how much it costs will spend their time on it hoping it doesn't work so they don't have to pay - surely not the mindset for a cure?!
February 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHERge
I'm afraid I can't help the cost of the programme. It takes up all of my time to help each case individually. I do put a lot more into it than I get out of it. If I could do it for free I would! I have to live, unfortunately.
February 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSue Thomason