It Started with Pop Tarts: Book about Bulimia, Can You Relate?

Yesterday was Book Club day over on the Silicon Valley Moms Blogs. This month we've read It Started with Pop-Tarts by Lori Hanson, a book about how she dealt with her bulimia. I had to share this book with you here on CafeMom because it was so personal and it speaks to so many women.


I've ranted blogged about my anger over our culture's obsession with being thin and the impact this has on our daughters.

I remember the day I realized just how strong the pressure to be thin was in our culture. I was shopping for back-to-school clothes for my then 7-year-old daughter.

My daughter grabbed one of the shirts from the women's section and decided to try it on. The shirt fit her! And what was even worse---the shirt she tried on was not a fluke.  She could wear a number of the shirts made for grown women!

There is something really wrong when a 48 pound girl can wear a shirt made for an adult woman. It was on that day that I knew how tough the road ahead would be for my daughters. I made a promise to myself to advocate and fight against some of the insane stereotypes of what makes a woman beautiful. 

For example, here are a few facts about body image that we don't read much about:

  • The average woman in America weighs 140 pounds and is 5 feet, 4 inches tall.
  • The average fashion model is 5 feet, 11 inches and weighs under 115 pounds.
  • Most fashion models are thinner than 98% of American women.
  • The average American women is a size 12. 
  • The most purchased size for American women is size 14.

It is because of the gap between fantasy size zero models and the rest of us that it is important to read It Started with Pop Tarts and other books like it!  Lori Hanson's approach is unique. Lori reached out and grabbed me by my muffin top and pulled me into her story and her recovery.

We all struggle with body image as women. It's important to keep reading and to keep talking about this issue, so we keep it in perspective for our daughters.

Have you heard about this book? Have you had a weird experience like having your 48 pound daughter wear a woman's size small? Talk to me. I'm on a roll.

The bullet points listed above are from the National Eating Disorders Association, National Institute on Media,and The Washington Times 

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