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Allison, David (Ed.). Handbook of Assessment Methods for Eating Behaviors and Weight-Related Problems. Thousand Oaks: Sage, 1995.

Bloom, Carol et al. (Eds). Eating Problems: A Feminist Psychoanalytic Treatment Model. New York: Basic Books, 1994.

Brown, Catrina, and Jasper, Karin (Eds.). Consuming Passions: Feminist Approaches to Weight Preoccupation and Eating Disorders. Toronto: Second Story Press, 1993.

Capaldi, Lisa (Ed.). Why We Eat What We Eat. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 1996.

Cash, Thomas, and Pruzinsky, Thomas (Eds.). Body Images: Development, Deviance, and Change. New York: Guilford, 1990.

Christian, Sandy Stewart. Working with Groups to Explore Food and Body Connections. Duluth, MN: Whole Person Associates, Inc.

Ciliska, Donna. Beyond Dieting: Psychoeducational Interventions for Chronically Obese Women. NY: Brunner-Mazel, 1990.

Fairburn, Christopher, and Wilson, Terrence (Eds.). Binge Eating. NY: Guilford, 1993.

Fallon, Patricia, Katzman, Melanie, and Wooley, Susan (Eds.). Feminist Perspectives on Eating Disorders. NY: Guilford Press, 1993.

Favazza, Armando. Bodies Under Seige: Self-Mutilation and Body Modification in Culture and Psychiatry. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996 (2nd Edition).

Friedman, Sandra.  When Girls Feel Fat.  Buffalo: Firefly Books, 2000.

Gaesser, Glenn. Big Fat Lies: The Truth about Your Weight and Your Health. New York: Ballantine, 1996.

Garner, David, and Garfinkel, Paul (Eds.). Handbook of Psychotherapy for Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia. New York: Guilford, 1985.

Harper-Giuffre, H. and MacKenzie, K.R. Group Psychotherapy for Eating Disorders. *

McFarland, Barbara. Brief Therapy and Eating Disorders. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1995.

Nichter, Mimi.  Fat Talk: What Girls and Their Parents Say about Dieting.  Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2000.

Phillips, Katharine. The Broken Mirror: Understanding and Treating Body Dysmorphic Disorder. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.

Sault, Nicole. Many Mirrors: Body Image and Social Relations. New Brunswisk, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1994.

Schwartz, Mark, and Cohn, Leigh. Sexual Abuse and Eating Disorders: A Clinical Overview. *

Thompson, J. Kevin (Ed.). Body Image, Eating Disorders and Obesity. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association, 1996.

________________ et al. Exacting Beauty: Theory, Assessment and Treatment of Body Image Disturbance. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association, 1999.

Thompson, R.A. and Sherman, Trattner (Eds.). Helping Athletes with Eating Disorders. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association, 1996.

Werne, Joellen. Treating Eating Disorders. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1996.

Yager, J., Gwirtsman, H., and Edelstein, C. Special Problems in Managing Eating Disorders. *

Yates, Alayne. Compulsive Exercise and the Eating Disorders. New York: Brunner/Mazel, 1991.

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Eating Problems in Diverse Populations

Anderson, Arnold (Ed.). Males with Eating Disorders. New York: Brunner/Mazel, 1990.

Atkins, Dawn (Ed.). Looking Queer. Binghamton, NY: The Haworth Press, Inc., 1998.

Donley, Carol, and Buckley, Sheryl (Eds.). The Tyranny of the Normal. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 1996.

Thompson, Becky. A Hunger So Wide and So Deep. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1994.

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on Non-Diet Approaches to Obesity Treatment:

Barlow, CE, et al.  "Physical fitness, mortality and obesity."  International Journal of Obesity, 1995; 19 (Supplement 4): S41-44.

Berg, Francie. "Health risks associated with weight loss and obesity treatment programs." Journal of Social Issues, 1999, 277-298.

Ciliska, D. et al.  "A review of weight loss interventions for obese people with NIDDM.: Canadian Journal of Diabetes Care, 1995; 10-15.

Cogan, Jeanine. "Re-evaluating the weight-centered approach toward health." In Sobal J. and Maurer D (eds.), Interpreting Weight: The Social Management of Fatness and Thinness. NY: Aldine de Gruyter, 1999, 229-253.

Ernsberger, Paul, and Koletsky, RJ.  "Biomedical rationale for a wellness approach toward obesity: An alternative to a focus on weight loss." Journal of Social Issues, 1999, 221-260.

Gaesser, Glenn.  "Thinness and weight loss: Beneficial or detrimental to longevity?" Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 1999; 31: 1118-1128.

Garner, David, and Wooley, Susan. "Confronting the failure of behavioral and dietary treatments for obesity."  Clinical Psychology Review, 1991, 729-780.

Johannes, Laura, and Stecklow, Steve. "Dire warnings about obesity rely on slippery statistic." Wall Street Journal, 2/9/98, B1.

Kassirer, Jerome, and Angell, Marcia. "Losing weight: An ill-fated New Year's resolution."  New England Journal of Medicine, 1998; 338:52.

Lyons, Pat, and Miller, Wayne.  "Effective health promotion and clinical care for large people." Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 1999; 31: 1141-1146.

McFarlane, T., Polivy, J., McCabe, R.  "Help not harm: Psychological foundation for a non-diet approach toward health."  Journal of Social Issues, 1999, 261-276.

Miller, Wayne, et al. "Cardiovascular risk reduction in a self-taught, self-administered weight loss program called the nondiet diet." Medicine, Exercise, Nutrition and Health, 1993; 2: 218-223.

Miller, Wayne. "Fitness and fatness in relation to health: Implications for a paradigm shift." Journal of Social Issues, 1999, 207-220.

Miller, Wayne.  "How effective are traditional dietary and exercise interventions for weight loss?" Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 1999; 31:1129-1134.

Stunkard, A., et al. "The body mass index of twins who have been reared apart." New England Journal of Medicine, 1990; 1483-1487.

Tremblay, A., et al. "Normalization of the metabolic profile in obese women by exercise and a low fat diet."  Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 1991; 23: 1326-1331.

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