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Trade Paperback
235 pages
Jul 2003
Waterbrook Press

Life Inside the "Thin" Cage

by Constance Rhodes

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“The chronic quest to achieve and maintain a certain ‘look’ or weight seems universal. Far more often than I would have liked, I heard myself whispering ‘me too...’ as these pages turned. Constance Rhodes has bravely stared down her cage and by inviting us into her closet, her refrigerator, her bedroom and her brokenness, she’s loosened the bars for the rest of us. A bravely transparent work.” -- Nichole Nordeman, Dove Award–winning songwriter and recording artist

“Middle-range eating disorders, which are much more common than clinically diagnosable anorexia or bulimia, can look so much like everyday weight control that they are often overlooked. In Life Inside the ‘Thin’ Cage, Constance Rhodes deals with these sub-clinical eating problems head-on. She does an excellent job of balancing her personal story with concrete, reliable information about the key signs, causes, and interventions related to sub-clinical eating disorders.”—Alan M. Schwitzer, Ph.D., licensed psychologist, author, and associate professor of counselor education at Old Dominion University

 “After reading Life Inside the ‘Thin’ Cage, I finally understand the issues of dieting from a mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual perspective. Constance has hit the nail on the head with her honest, transparent, and insightful truths. This topic, like no other, has had women in bondage for years. Every woman who thinks about her weight should read this book!”—Yvette Maher, vice-president of women’s ministries at Focus on the Family

“In today’s world the pressure to be thin is enormous. Failure to achieve that goal only eats at our heart and soul. Constance Rhodes has found new life. Life Inside the ‘Thin’ Cage is honest, sobering, real, helpful, and hopeful.”—Dr. Tim Clinton, president of the American Association of Christian Counselors.

“Statistics reveal how much people need the information Constance Rhodes brilliantly shares in this life-changing book. Her words can free you from the bondage of chronic dieting.”—Gregory L. Jantz, Ph.D., certified eating disorders specialist and author of Hope, Help, and Healing for Eating Disorders

 “In many ways the role of physical appearance, perceived self-worth, and practiced self-loathing are too complex to unravel on our own. In this bold and honest work, Constance Rhodes offers a loving, intimate, and hopeful way to walk out of the isolation of the ‘thin’ cage and into the truth. Readers will recognize their own mind, heart, and soul experience in these pages.”—Leanne Spencer, licensed professional counselor

“A personal, moving account of disordered eating and an invitation to new life. Constance Rhodes offers practical steps to lead us out of the prison of chronic dieting and into the freedom God desires for all of us.”—Stephanie Paulsell, author of Honoring the Body: Meditations on a Christian Practice

 “Constance Rhodes writes with honesty and grace that nourish our hearts and deepen our capacity to understand the painful and often life-long struggle with chronic dieting.  Every woman with an eating problem—dare I say every woman—needs to read this book.  Rhodes’s personal story as well as her pointed information direct the reader to discovery and recovery.”—Sharon Hersh, MA, LPC, author of Bravehearts and “Mom, I Feel Fat!”

“Constance Rhodes melds a riveting account of her own struggle with an excellent explanation of sub-clinical eating disorders. For the person who may be searching for a solution to her eating problems, Rhodes’s helpful suggestions are respectful both to the reader and to the enormous psychological and cultural obstacles that must be overcome in the road to recovery. An authoritative work.”—Dr. Harry Gwirtsman, associate professor of psychiatry, Vanderbilt University

Book Jacket:

Frustrated by the often unrealistic standards of beauty presented by today’s media, many women have become trapped in a never-ending pattern of chronic dieting. Daily they endure destructive self-talk such as “I can’t eat that or I’ll get fat” or “If I could just lose a few more pounds everything would be better.”

Chronic dieters may be any shape or size but they have one thing in common: They are often left to suffer alone with an undiagnosed “sub-clinical” eating disorder. Such sub-clinical disorders include eating habits that are unusual, even unhealthy, but do not fit the technical classifications of anorexia or bulimia.

Addressing the many dimension of “chronic dieting,” Life Inside the “Thin” Cage offers a wake-up call and practical steps to those who need healing. Readers will find personal stories, insights into their secret patterns and habits, reassurance that they are not alone, checklists, self-tests, and, best of all, a new road to emotional, physical, mental and spiritual freedom.