Gaining: The Truth About Life After Eating Disorders (Google eBook)
Aimee Liu, who wrote Solitaire, the first-ever memoir of anorexia, in 1979, returns to the subject nearly three decades later and shares her story and those of the many women in her age group of life beyond this life-altering ailment. She has extensively researched the origins and effects of both anorexia and bulimia, and dispels many commonly held myths about these diseases with the persuasive conclusion that anorexia is a result of personality.
Key revelations include: the temperament required for eating disorders,the long-term effects of eating disorders on health, brain function, relationships and career,why some individuals recover while others relapse, and why many relapse in mid-life,Which treatment approaches are most successful long-term and how parents can tell if a child will be vulnerable to eating disorders.
Using her own experience and the stories of many recovering anorexics she's interviewed, Liu weaves together a narrative that is both persuasive in argument and compelling in personal details.
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Review: Gaining: The Truth About Life After Eating DisordersUser Review - Catherine Dabasinskas - Goodreads
Very thought-provoking look at women's lives years after they raged their battles with eating disorders. The author includes both subjective and objective observations. Easy to read just a chapter or two at a time and then come back to it later. Read full review
Review: Gaining: The Truth About Life After Eating DisordersUser Review - angie - Goodreads
Dozens and dozens of books over the past thirty some years have tried to explain what anorexia and bulimia really are, but nothing quite gets it the way Gaining: The Truth About Life After Eating ... Read full review
CONNECTING THE DOTS A Genetic Link
PORTRAIT OF A HUNGER ARTIST The Face of Fear
THE LAWS OF PERFECTION Obsession and Compulsion
WANTING FOR NOTHING Avoidance
GOOD BAD GIRLS Shame
A CERTAIN SELF Identity and Independence
TERMS OF ENDEARMENT Family Dynamics
GROWING CHILDREN Parenthood
LOVE AND OTHER TERRORS Honor and Intimacy
CONSUMING PASSIONS Competing for Health
THE WISDOM OF AGE Maturity in a Youth Culture
GAINING POWER Becoming Agents for Change