In this work, the author’s intent is to talk about food as an element that creates bonds, through all its social, cultural, political, personal and anthropological representations and food that becomes bond through its symbols, its intrinsic content linked to sensations, thoughts and therefore to emotions and reactions. In fact, food presents itself as a real language and the relationship that is established with it becomes a metaphor for the relationship with others, as well as with ourselves. We therefore speak of food through a perspective that allows us to grasp the emotional values ​​that lie behind the “representation” of self, one’s body and one’s tastes. In fact, food revolves so much of what is part of our daily life, for better or for worse, in pleasure and in damnation, in its cultural and spiritual aspects, in marketing and in its most macabre and dramatic representations when it fails. The origins and meanings of objects that are present in our life are also explored even when there would be no need, such as the scale, and terms also used by the medical world and which become unquestionable parameters to such an extent as to determine the use or not a nasogastric tube or a bariatric surgery. Taking inspiration from these considerations, the volume offers a profound reflection on the problems inherent in both the relationship with food and the relationship with one’s own body image, always using clear and accessible language. in marketing and in its most macabre and dramatic representations when it fails.

(In Italiano) – In questa opera l’intento dell’autrice è quello di parlare del cibo come di un elemento che crea legami, attraverso tutte le sue rappresentazioni sociali, culturali, politiche, personali e antropologiche e del cibo che diventa legame tramite le sue simbologie, il suo contenuto intrinseco legato a sensazioni, pensieri e quindi ad emozioni e reazioni. Il cibo infatti, si presenta come un vero e proprio linguaggio e il rapporto che con esso si instaura diventa metafora della relazione con gli altri, nonché con noi stessi. Si parla quindi di cibo attraverso un’ottica che permetta di cogliere le valenze emotive che stanno dietro alla “rappresentazione” di Sé, del proprio corpo e dei propri gusti. Intorno al cibo infatti ruota tanto di ciò che fa parte del nostro quotidiano, nel bene e nel male, nel piacere e nella dannazione, nei suoi aspetti culturali e spirituali, nella commercializzazione e nelle sue rappresentazioni più macabre e drammatiche quando esso viene a mancare. Vengono inoltre esplorate le origini e significati di oggetti che sono presenti nella nostra vita anche quando non ce ne sarebbe bisogno, come la bilancia, e di termini utilizzati anche dal mondo medico e che diventano parametri insindacabili a tal punto da determinare l’utilizzo o meno di un sondino nasogastrico o di un intervento di chirurgia bariatrica. Prendendo spunto da queste considerazioni il volume offre una riflessione profonda sulle problematiche inerenti sia il rapporto con il cibo sia il rapporto con la propria immagine corporea usando sempre un linguaggio chiaro ed accessibile.

Dr. Anna Scelzo is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist. She has been working in the field of eating disorder for 15 years and she is a lecturer both in Italy and abroad. She coordinates a day-practice at a local hospital for the treatment of ED and has a private practice both in Chiavari and in Genoa. She is founder of Shasta Association especially dedicated in the prevention of eating disorders and body image issues through a work in schools. She is member of BPS as well as the SISDCA, the Italian Society dedicated to the study and treatment of ED. Since 2009, she has been a member of iaedp™ and serves as the International Chapter Chair of Italy. She is author of the book “The drawing of the Souls. The use of Mandala for the treatment of eating disorders” (Zephyro, Italy).

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