Diary of an Exercise Addict

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Rowman & Littlefield, Nov 5, 2008 - Health & Fitness - 208 pages
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In 2000, Peach Friedman, a college senior freshly broken up from her boyfriend, set out to beat the blues by beating herself into shape. Running ten miles a day and taking in as little as 800 calories, she fell from 146 pounds to 100 in three months and was at serious risk of cardiac arrest. What Friedman suffered from was exercise bulimia—a newly diagnosed and rapidly spreading eating disorder that affects some 400,000 American women, and which gyms and colleges across America are beginning to take seriously.

In Diary of an Exercise Addict Friedman recounts her descent into a life-threatening illness, her remarkable recovery, and the setbacks along the way. With refreshing candor she lays bare her relationships with family, friends, and lovers and the repressed desire that finally surfaced as she found her own way back to health.

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User Review  - amaraduende - LibraryThing

This was not compelling, there was no thread of self-reflection to help the reader make sense of this retrospective: she seemingly was well, then worse again, then well again for no cause (which I ... Read full review

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User Review  - trinityM82 - LibraryThing

Not as interesting as I thought it would be. She is very whiny and it is more about her anorexia, and how she uses that to hide her problems. Not very revolutionary because it comes off as too self absorbed. Read full review

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Peach Friedman, a spokesperson for the National Eating Disorders Association, is a personal fitness trainer who works with people recovering from eating disorders. She has been featured in People Magazine, has interviewed with Barbara Walters on ABC's The View, and has appeared on 20/20 and E! True Hollywood Story. She lives in Sacramento, California.

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