Dr. Susie Orbach pioneered the treatment of disordered eating in this country. As co-founder of The Women’s Therapy Centre she provided programmes for women and their families to address the psychology of eating and fatness. She was a Keynote Speaker at The UK Government’s Body Image Summit 2000, and at the Vienna Body Image Summit the same year. She has been a consultant at The World Bank, is advising a major beauty brand how to expand its representation of beauty and is convenor of ANYBODY, the group working with industry, government and the voluntary sector to tackle eating problems and increase body diversity.
She is the author of 4 books on Eating Problems and 3 on women’s psychology. She has also written widely on psychological and social issues.
She is Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics.
Susie Orbach, On Eating Penguin Press 2002
Susie Orbach, Hunger Strike: The Anorectic's Struggle as a Metaphor for Our Time, Norton, New York, 1986, Faber & Faber, London, 1986
Susie Orbach, Fat is a Feminist Issue II, Hamlyn, London, l982. Berkley, New York, l982
Susie Orbach, Fat is a Feminist Issue, Paddington Press, New York & London l978
Articles and Reviews
Susie Orbach, There is no such thing as a body British Journal of Psychotherapy Vol 20, No1, Autumn 2003
Susie Orbach, The Psychological Context of Nutritional Health, Diet and Health 2003: The Challenges for Public Policy Westminster Diet and Health Forum, London 2003
(1) 17-26, 2003
Susie Orbach, Plenty, a review of Petrucelli and Stuart’s (ed) Hungers and Compulsions: The Psychodynamic Treatment of Eating Disorders and Addictions, in Contemporary Psychoanalysis Vol 39 No1 Jan 2003
Susie Orbach, Whose Body in Health Promotion Journal of Australia April 200 Vol 10 no 1
Susie Orbach Psychoanalysis in a Time of Eating Problems in Consuming Passions: Food in the age of Anxiety ed Sian Griffiths and Jennifer Wallace Mandolin 1998
Susie Orbach, Forward, Eating Problems The Women's Therapy Centre Institute: Carol Bloom, Andrea Gitter, Susan Gutwill, Laura Kogel, Lela Zaphiropoulos Basic Books 1994
Susie Orbach, Forward to Why Women: Gender Issue and Eating Disorders ed Doan, B., & Gitzinger, I. Athlone 1994
Susie Orbach, A Language All Of It's Own Loaves & Wishes ed Antonio Till, Virago 1992
Susie Orbach: Wenn der Korper zur Welt wild?, Durch Dick und Dunn ed Alice Schwarzer, Sachbuch Ro, Hamburg 1986
Susie Orbach: Women's Eating Problems, The Proceedings of the British Student Health Association, London, July 1985
Susie Orbach: Visibility: Invisibility. Social Dimensions in Anorexia Nervosa. ed S. Emmett, Brunner Mazel, New York 1985
Susie Orbach: Accepting The Symptom: A Feminist Psychoanalytic Treatment Of Anorexia Nervosa. A Handbook of Psychotherapy for Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Ed D.M. Garner & P. Garfinkel, Guilford Press, New York 1984.
Susie Orbach: Food, Fatness & Femininity. The Practitioner, v.227, May 1983
Susie Orbach: The Psychotherapist & Anorexia Nervosa. British Journal of Sexual Medicine, July 1981
Susie Orbach: Compulsive Eating In Women. British Journal of Sexual Medicine, March l98l.
Susie Orbach: Social Dimensions in Compulsive Eating in Women, Psychotherapy, Theory, Research & Practice, Volume 15 #2, Summer 1978
Susie Orbach, A Plague on the Pursuit of Slenderness Daily Mail September 3 rd 2003
Susie Orbach, How We Get a Body, BBC Radio 4 February 14 th 2003
Susie Orbach. Let Them Eat Cake, Children in Scotland, November 2002
Susie Orbach, Hungry for Change, The Guardian April 3 rd 2002
Susie Orbach, The Fight For our Bodies The BBC Interactive Essay, January 2002
Susie Orbach, When it helps to be hungry The Times January 3 rd 2002
Susie Orbach, Give Us Back Our Bodies The Observer, June 24 th 2001
Susie Orbach, Body Image is a Social Issue, Emma January 2001
Susie Orbach, A Culture of Body Fascism Zest July 2000
Susie Orbach, Podium, The Independent June 22 nd 2000
Susie Orbach, Body Politics, The Guardian June 21st 2000
Susie Orbach, Eating Problems, NetDoctor June 2000
Susie Orbach, Cast off the shackle of thinness The Australian July 28th 1999
Susie Orbach The thin end of the wedge The Guardian October 23rd 1997
Susie Orbach: Full of pain, starved of the right treatment Independent May 11th 1994
Susie Orbach: Preface, The Spare Tyre Songbook, The Spare Tyre Theatre Company, Virago Press, London, 1987
Susie Orbach: A review of The Hungry Self by Kim Chernin, New Society, London June 1986
Susie Orbach: Starving for Love, Company, London May 1986
Susie Orbach: The Imperfect Image, The Sunday Times Magazine, London March 9th 1986
Susie Orbach: Why Women Deny Their Bodies, New Statesman, London 14th February 1986.
Television Documentaries, Plays & Films based on Susie Orback's work on Food and Eating
The Famine Within Canadian Broadcasting Corporation 1991
The Man Alive Debate BBC TV Nick Ross, Presenter, July 1982
How Do I Look? Spare Tyre Theatre Company, 1981
Looking in the Fridge for Feelings. A National Film School Production, Director Clare Calder-Marshall, 1980
Baring The Weight. Spare Tyre Theatre Company, 1979
Fats & Figures BBC TV Man Alive Special, Director DeeDee Glass, 1979.