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Your Dieting Daughter, Second Edition
Routledge, 2013

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Your Dieting Daughter is a must-read for anyone wanting to help contribute to a young woman’s development of a healthy self- and body esteem, whether she is 13 or 30.

Costin has updated the first edition of this book to reflect her 15 additional years of expertise of dealing with the tricky issues of body image, food, and weight in a culture that places an unhealthy emphasis on being thin. From aiding a young girl to lose weight for health reasons; to encouraging a young woman to accept her natural body size; to helping detect, prevent, and understand eating disorders, this second edition is full of practical and invaluable information.

Chapters guide parents in the Dos and Don’ts that will help a daughter to accept, respect, and care for her body. Readers will learn the importance of setting a good example and the critical need to take the focus from numbers and measurements – such as scale weight, clothing size, miles run, or sit-ups accomplished – to important goals like health, body acceptance, and finding physical activity to enjoy. Whether you are interested in being a good role model for your daughter, helping girls and women who are currently suffering from an eating disorder or body image issues, or raising the next generation of girls to value the size of their heart over their body size, this is a book not to be missed.

Your Dieting Daughter: Table of Contents
Chapter 1 My Daughter Wants/Needs To Diet
Chapter 2 The Pursuit of Thinness
Chapter 3 Mothers, Daughters, and Food
Chapter 4 Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
Chapter 5 Daddy's Girl (Co-authored with Keesha Broome)
Chapter 6 Fit or Fanatic (Co-authored with Dawn Theodore)
Chapter 7 The Thin Commandments
Chapter 8 Diet to Disorder: Canaries in the Coal Mine
Chapter 9 What's Going On in There?
Chapter 10 If My Daughter Has A Problem, What Do I Do?
Chapter 11 So...You Want to Go On a Diet? (To Be Given to a Dieting Daughter)
Chapter 12 Dear Mom, and Other Letters
Appendix I Suggested Reading
Appendix II Eating Disorder Organizations and Referral Sources