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A Victim of Anorexia [Kindle Edition]

Claire Harris
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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A concise account of the insight into the life of a victim of anorexia and their supporting family. The book aims to provide some understanding on the entire heart ache and torment for the anorexic’s family. It also enlightens people to the twisted, yet frustrated turmoil of the thoughts and emotions of the anorexic’s muddled brain.

Looking back over those frustrating years it is hard to accept that something that most people find enjoyable, sociable as well as being essential for the survival of the human well-being could be so traumatic to an individual. The restrictions that an individual inflicts upon themselves, not only affects their own well-being but the interactions of social behaviour in almost all aspects of their life.

This can be associated with family voids for those families eating together at meal times, to family meal social events. It does not stop there, but has a knock on effect with all those individuals that surround you through every day life such as school, work and university. As the anorexic becomes more obsessed with their eating disorder, the quicker the rumours begin to spread about how the individual is not eating as much as normal. Those individuals dearest to the individual begin to observe the change in mood swings, the constant self distraction, vagueness and self isolation of the anorexic from the environment. The comments or murmurs about weight loss, which are all too true, the anorexic chooses to ignore.

I would hope that this account will provide some encouragement for all concerned, both the anorexic and all of the individuals associated with the anorexic. Hopefully, it will prove that with some determination, positive attitude and self belief from the individual anorexic, that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

I almost feel terribly embarrassed to share with others this explicit account, to the extent that I have thought on several occasions as to whether I should include all of the very explanatory text that I have done in this account of my journey through anorexia. However, I have included all of the graphic details on everything that I did during those terrible years, as I feel that only a true understanding of inside an anorexic’s head can be achieved in this way.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative 15 April 2011
By Jenny
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This is a very short book but definitely worth a read. I found it very informative about the psychological disease of anorexia and the author expresses her experiences very clearly. I particularly liked the way the mind games, the compulsions and obsessions with foods, weight control, calorie counting and exercising were detailed and also how her illness affected her family. Also, to note, is the way the problem was overcome by focusing on more important issues in her life.

It is very well written and I would recommend it to anyone, whether or not they have or know someone with anorexia and I would imagine that it would be of benefit to those trying to overcome similar obsessions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bit disappointing 8 July 2012
By Myupan
I was disappointed in this title. The narrative runs helter-skelter and there is little in the way of meaningful insight or reflection on the causes of the eating disorder. The author clearly has an interesting story to tell but the book is let down by the writing style, which isn't really mature or serious enough. I felt like I was reading an email from a relative or a creative writing exercise for school.

There are also a few basic proofreading errors which really should have been caught. Overall, I can't recommend this or claim that it was worth the time and money I spent on it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great read 22 Feb. 2011
provides a true and honest account of a suffer and tells of the many things we want others to know but are too afraid or embarrassed to say.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Must read!! 27 Dec. 2012
By Amelia
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After dealing with a friend who has severe anorexia and is in and out of hospital regularly this book has really helped me understand and "get inside" the head of an anorexic! I believe everyone should read this book, to spread the awareness of anorexia and eating disorders and try to demolish the taboo subject. This book also helps dispel myths and untruths linked with anorexia. Congratulations on both the book & the baby xx
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 5 Mar. 2013
By Wilkojo
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I thought the book have me good insight into the life of an anorexic person but I think that it could have been edited better. It is repetitive with some words being used over and over, it felt like it had been rushed which made it sometimes confusing to read.
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