Gaining: The Truth About Life After Eating Disorders

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Grand Central Publishing, Feb 22, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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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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User Review  - Amy - Goodreads

She referred to bulimics as selfish and I was never able to see past that Read full review

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An interesting book of interviews with various people (primarily women over 30) who have struggled with an recovered from eating disorders. Nothing particularly amazing. Read full review

Contents

also by Aimee
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
Acknowledgments
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About the author (2007)

Aimee Liu is the author of a groundbreaking account of anorexia nervosa, Solitaire. She has also written three highly acclaimed novels, Flash House, Cloud Mountain and Face. Liu is the former president of PEN West, and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son.

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