Pain Behind the Smile: My Battle with Bulimia
Former Miss Tennessee Leah Hulan, currently a Lieutenant in the United States Army, chronicles her battles with a tumultuous past, including sexual abuse, rape & sexual harassment in the military & the oft-times terminal disease, bulimia. Lieutenant Hulan has held the titles of Miss Tennessee, Miss Tennessee USA & was a top five finalist in the Miss USA pageant in 1995. Hulan presents a behind- the-scenes look at beauty pageants, the sacrifices made by the contestants & the psychological & emotional toll taken on the women who participate. Hulan also addresses her eating disorder & its psychological & physiological ramifications. Her poignant, first person narrative transcends the clinical explanations of the disease & provides first-hand accounts of the torturous pain caused by bulimia. A veteran of Operation Desert Storm. Hulan's recollections paint a horrifying picture of life in the service in the isolated desert. PAIN BEHIND THE SMILE is a heart-wrenching narrative account that exposes the deep, emotional turmoil that lurks beneath the beauty queen's smile. Eggman Publishing, $12.95, ISBN 1-886371-01-6, Call (615) 327-9390 for information. 2909 Poston Avenue, Suite 203, Nashville, TN 37203.
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