Book cover for Dead Weight



04 April 2024
288 pages
Imprint: Picador


It’s a joy to read such sharply intelligent writing on a subject where critical thinking is rarely found; a consoling and enraging book in which thoughtful readers will find fellowship.
A compassionate dive into the disordered eating . . . enters the ED discourse like a red-bound blaze of light'
With fierce wit, excavating curiosity, and a heart fully surrendered to her subject, Clein writes about eating disorder culture from the inner reaches of what this culture has wrought. This book is electric with insight, and suffused with a strange, stubborn tenderness - a deep regard for what intimacy, hope and resistance might look like in a world where women are taught to devote their lives to destroying themselves.
Dead Weight is a meticulously researched and carefully told exploration of eating disorders and how they pervade our culture. Emmeline Clein has handled this volatile, complex topic with a grace and kindness that is so often missing from discussions of eating disorders. It feels like talking about recovery with a very smart friend who knows what you've been through and wants the best for you.