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The National Center for Overcoming Overeating is an educational and training organization working to end body hatred and dieting. It was started in 1989 by Carol Munter and Jane Hirschmann, authors of Overcoming Overeating and When Women Stop Hating Their Bodies. Jane is also the co-author of Preventing Childhood Eating Problems. Carol started the first anti-dieting group for women in 1970. Both are psychotherapists in New York City who have been working with women with compulsive eating problems for more than twenty-five years.
The National Center for Overcoming Overeating launched The Women's Campaign to End Body Hatred and Dieting in March 1995 with a series of speakouts on the topic of body hatred and dieting in cities throughout the country. The time has come for us to stop the dieting that has become a life-long, life-draining preoccupation. Dieting has turned millions of us into food junkies, driven compulsive eaters who grow fatter every year. The time has come for us to enjoy our bodies in all their diversity. The time has come for us to reclaim our appetites, our bodies, and our lives.
Jane R. Hirschmann, M.S.W., (left) is a psychotherapist in private practice who specializes in treating women and children with eating problems. She was on the faculty of the New School for Social Research for more than a decade. She is the codirector of the National Center for Overcoming Overeating, and coauthor of Preventing Childhood Eating Problems (Gurze Books).
Carol H. Munter (right) is a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City. She is a member of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. She started the first anti-dieting group for women in 1970. She is the codirector of the National Center for Overcoming Overeating.