11 Best Books About Eating Disorders Update 05/2022

Books About Eating Disorders

Over 70 million individuals in the globe suffer from eating disorders, according to the National Eating Disorders Association. Those numbers seem to be increasing as a result of the ever-increasing influence of media on our daily life. It’s fortunate that there are a number of books about eating disorders out there that are both uplifting and educational. Here are a few of the top books about eating disorders that are currently available.

Memoirs About Eating Disorders

not all black girls know how to eat by Stephanie Covington Armstrong

not all black girls know how to eat by Stephanie Covington Armstrong

When it comes to a woman with an eating issue, Stephanie Covington Armstrong doesn’t match the mold. She grew up in the slums of the inner city, where she was often hungry and homeless. She was raised in a foster home, where she was sexually abused and had an overwhelming sense of insecurity. Stephanie, on the other hand, is a black woman.

Armstrong tells her story in the first-person perspective of a black woman dealing with an illness that is often associated with white women. Stephanie’s self-doubt and food fixation lead her into a downward spiral of self-loathing and self-destruction. Finally, she can no longer deny that she will die if she doesn’t receive assistance, overcome her shame, and overcome her addiction to using food as a weapon against her own self-destructive behavior.

unbearable lightness: A story of loss and gain by portia de rossi

During the filming of her first starring role in Hollywood, Portia de Rossi fell and weighed just over 80 pounds. To have reached this point after working so hard as a kid model in Australia and then on one of the most popular series on American television should have been a dream come true. On the outside, she seemed gorgeous and successful due to her slim build and blond hair. She was dying on the inside.

Portia sheds a bright light on a dark issue in this fascinating and well written piece. Inspires optimism and nurtures the soul, Unbearable Lightness is an essential book for anybody who has ever felt at odds with themselves or their bodies.

brave girl eating: A Family’s Struggle with anorexia by harriet brown

Harriet Brown, a journalist, lecturer, and novelist, tells her daughter Kitty’s story in Brave Girl Eating, a record of a family’s fight with anorexia nervosa, in captivating and terrible detail. Intimate, disturbing, intriguing, and ultimately inspiring, Brave Girl Eating examines how a disease that affects more than 18 million Americans has ravaged one young woman’s body and her mind.

loud in the house of myself: memoir of a strange girl by stacy pershall

Stacy Pershall grew up in Prairie Grove, Arkansas, a small town with a population of only 1,000. After being diagnosed with bipolar illness and borderline personality disorder at the age of 13, Pershall’s biography depicts her journey through hell as she battles the mental health system.

hunger: A Memoir of (my) body by roxane gay

hunger A Memoir of (my) body by roxane gay

One of the New York Times’s most popular authors, Roxane Gay explores our common fears about pleasure, overeating, physical beauty, and health in her books, which have garnered critical acclaim. Having a physique that is “wildly undisciplined” like Roxane’s, she knows the struggle between wanting something and denying oneself it. InHunger, she examines her childhood, adolescence, and twenties with a perceptive and critical eye, including the tragic act of violence that functioned as a turning point in her young life.

When it comes to being overweight, Roxane has the bracing honesty, sensitivity, and authority that have endeared her to her generation’s most ardent admirers.

In Hunger, one of our best authors shares a highly intimate memoir that recounts a narrative that hasn’t been told but should be.

please eat…: A mother’s struggle to free her teenage son From anorexia by Bev Mattocks

Ben, a 15-year-old rugby player, was all a teenager could want to be. Ben, on the other hand, who was known for his voracious appetite, started to starve himself. In addition, his desire to work out soared. During the first several months of Ben’s anorexia nervosa, his weight dropped by one-quarter of his body weight.

Forgive me, please: A mother’s quest to liberate her teenage son from anorexia is his mother’s heart-wrenching but uplifting narrative of how she watched helplessly as her son turned into someone she didn’t recognize, both physically and psychologically. Throughout the book, we learn how Ben, with the support of his family and a therapist, slowly started to heal and rebuild his life.

the body tourist by dana lise shavin

For six years after she thought she had recovered from anorexia, Dana Lise Shavin wrote a touching and humorous book in which she shares her experiences with a mental disease that persisted long after she thought she had been “cured.”

After it comes to writing about mental health issues like depression, substance abuse, and eating disorders, many of the tales end when the person in question has recovered. There is another tale, one about how we re-enter the world and seek a life that is creative, active, and truly felt in one’s body in the years that follow the darkness of addiction, sickness, the loss of a loved one, or divorce.

how to disappear completely by kelly osgood

Having perused their autobiographies and magazine articles, she memorized the most lurid aspects of their cautionary tales—how little they ate, their lowest weights, and their harsh workout regimens—in order to understand what it would take to be the greatest anorexic. Anorexia put her in an existential bind when she was just fifteen and sent to a hospital. How could she suffer from something she had intentionally sought out? Osgood vividly depicts the scary and competitive world of inpatient hospitals filled by other teenagers, some as young as 10 years old.

By narrating her personal tale, Kelsey Osgood dispels the stereotypes surrounding anorexia, as well as the cult-like underbelly of young people with eating problems.

An honest and daring memoir, How to Disappear Completely examines the physical, psychological, and social consequences of eating disorders and challenges many commonly held beliefs about the disease and, most importantly, about the road to recovery.

lesbian crushes and bulimia: A diary on how i acquired my eating disorder by natasha holme

lesbian crushes and bulimia A diary on how i acquired my eating disorder by natasha holme

Natasha, a 19-year-old high school student, is infatuated with her previous instructor, Miss Williams, at the time. Her tattoo, which she proudly displays, makes this point. A girl her own age approaches Natasha and inquires about the tattoo. A shaky romance blossoms. Natasha’s journal is a real-life account of her anxiety about a potential lesbian relationship. While working at a chip store, she goes on a strict diet to reduce weight. The sexuality police threaten to expel Natasha from the university’s Lesbian and Homosexual Society if she doesn’t pull five lads into bed in a week to prove she’s gay. Natasha has to deal with shaven-headed lesbians, inept efforts at heterosexuality, the unpleasant repercussions of weight reduction practices, and sexual harassment at the chip store in this coming-out and love tale.

it was me all along by andie mitchell

Andie Mitchell has been a voracious eater her whole childhood. Food served as her nanny, closest friend, confidant, and haven from the chaos of her dysfunctional home. Her life was in jeopardy when the scale indicated 268 pounds on her twentieth birthday. She had to alter the way she thought about food as well as herself.

Andie goes from extremely obese to half her size, from seeking solace in everything cream-filled and two-to-a-pack to finding balance in delicious (but modest) bowls of homemade pasta in It Was Me All Along. More than just a lady who loves food and hates her body, this narrative is about a lot more than that. It’s the story of a woman who, when everything seemed hopeless, took action and found equilibrium in an unbalanced world. It is, above all, the narrative of her discovering the beauty of acceptance and coming to love herself in all her many forms.

this mean disease: growing up in the shadow of my mother’s anorexia nervosa by daniel becker

His mother, who died of anorexia, was the first person to write about her illness from a child’s perspective, and Daniel Becker’s book is a tragic account of his mother’s anorexia and her inability to sustain herself. Among his early memories of her are those of his accompanying her to the first of many hospitalizations. Daniel captures the inner world of an anorectic and her family from the perspective of that perplexed youngster all the way up to his mature sense of powerlessness. He gives a personal account of how he, his father, and his two brothers all fought to strike a balance between their devotion to their mother and the growing realization that they could only survive by separating from her. Eventually, Daniel must accept his mother’s steady decline and begin to live a life free of her illness’s influence.

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