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Mealtimes and Milestones: A Teenager's Diary of Moving on from Anorexia [Paperback]

Constance Barter
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25 Feb 2010
This book presents an astonishingly moving and mature account of a young woman's struggle with anorexia nervosa, a serious mental illness affecting 1.1 million people in the UK. At fourteen years of age, Constance Barter was admitted as an in-patient to a specialist eating disorders unit where she remained for seven months. During that time, she kept a diary which sheds light on what it means to have anorexia, how it affects your life, and how it is not just a faddy diet or attention seeking disorder. Constance is an example to anyone suffering from this potentially life-threatening illness that with perseverance and support it can be beaten and sufferers can go on and lead a fulfilling, everyday life. This inspirational diary will help and inspire other sufferers to seek help and overcome their illness as well as providing an invaluable insight into the nature of the illness to families and friends.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson Publishing (25 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849013233
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849013239
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We want a message of hope - that eating disorders can be beaten - to reach anyone and everyone who needs to hear it. Constance's story is such a powerful part of that message - that hope. --Susan Ringwood, Chief Executive, BEAT (the Eating Disorders Association)

It is impossible not to admire the resolution with which Constance, her family and friends took on the intractable illness and survived. --Jane Shilling, Daily Mail

About the Author

Constance Barter is a British, sixteen year old schoolgirl who was diagnosed with the eating disorder anorexia nervosa at the age of fourteen. Hospitalised as an in-patient at a specialist eating disorders unit for seven months, she is now completely recovered and, in between schoolwork, works as a Young Ambassador for BEAT, the leading UK charity for people with eating disorders.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book 8 Mar 2010
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If you want to gain an understanding of how Anorexia changes the thoughts and feelings of a young person, then this is the book to read. Mealtimes and Milestones is a beautifully written diary of true feelings and experiences, full of courage and determination to inspire anyone. Anorexia is such a cruel illness that is very difficult to understand and deal with. All we can do is learn from someone who has been through the illness and has seen the light. This book gives us hope. I would highly recommend it to parents, carers, young people and anyone who has been affected by life threatening Anorexia.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moving and Honest 26 July 2010
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I found this book difficult at times, it is an honest and moving account of a teenager living with anorexia. Written as a diary from Constance's perspective it gives the reader insight into her thoughts and the control the illness had over her. I think she is extremely brave and generous to share her experiences with others and would recommend the book.
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I was struck by the honesty and openness expressed in this moving account of Constance's battle with anorexia. It seems to be a commonly misunderstood condition, and it certainly opened my eyes. Having two small daughters, I feel I have gained an insight that I hope is never required, but would at least give me some understanding on what to look for and how to support it. Well done Constance for not only having the courage to beat this illness but also for sharing it for the benefit of others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A VERY HONEST DIARY BY A TEENAGER IN PAIN 25 April 2010
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This book is an amazing, open & honest account of an anorexic. I found it so insightful, to get into the mind of the author & realise what happens in the brain of someone going through anorexia. It is a real education on what happens to anorexics in so many ways - physical, emotional, psychological; their pain & their joy. It is an amazing book, written from the heart during a very traumatic period but also there is so much hope in it. If I knew anyone with this awful illness I would definately buy this book for their parents/siblings to read, to give them an insight into the brain of an anorexic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read - A true Inspiration 1 Jun 2011
By Lilly
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What an utterly inspiring book. It really is a must read for anyone, whether a sufferer, a parent, a carer, a professional or even those who are not affected by eating disorders. Constance's story is such a ray of hope and her book is so insightful to the realities of anorexia, but most importantly, how recovery is possible - and possible by all. A true inspiration. Her writing is movingly honest, and her candid openness is admirable. This is a fantastic book. I can't rate it highly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very moving! 11 Mar 2014
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Although a very moving account of a girls struggle with the recovery from anorexia, it gives hope and help to all affected by this terrible illness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating insight into a teenager's struggle. 23 Nov 2012
By Kate
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I found Constance's story special in that she was so courageous and strong to overcome her demons. Her diary is a read that engages you directly into her thoughts as she thinks them. They're brutally honest at times and you could feel her pain through the pages that at times it was hard not to shed a tear.
Constance is a true inspiration and I would certainly recommend this book to others. The book will be a blessing to those parents, friends or indeed suffers themselves who are desperate for advice or information on eating disorders as it presents a topic in a way that is not often found - from the suffer themselves at the time of their suffering. Miss Barter has a book and an achievement to be proud of.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unmediated power of raw experience 12 July 2012
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Writing from the heart, Constance Barter offers us a privileged and sustained set of insights into a world where every mealtime is a challenge. The sincerity of her account shines through each entry. I had the privilege of teaching Constance: this book offers some sense of her outstanding determination - and the challenges she had to overcome. Read it and be grateful and inspired!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and Informative
I read this book when it first came out and I have recommended to professionals ( like myself ) who work with children and adolescents, and also to young people suffering from... Read more
Published on 24 July 2011 by Nicola
4.0 out of 5 stars book review
i bought this book for my daughter who is annorexic, she read the book, she said it helped her, but she is still losing weight, and is still been seen by the doctors at hospital. Read more
Published on 10 Mar 2011 by A. P. Dixey
5.0 out of 5 stars Very goood.
I was expecting the book to be non understanding of Anorexia but it was the opposite, hearing Constances journey inspireed me it is a very good read. Read more
Published on 11 Nov 2010 by Meli
5.0 out of 5 stars A personal story
Constance has shared her experience of recovering from annorexia and
it is the recovery that makes this book an essential read for those
suffering this illness. Read more
Published on 26 Oct 2010 by Vera
5.0 out of 5 stars What a piece!
Miss Barter, I have total respect for you after being enlightnend to your experiences! I belive that the personal insight into such a tragic experience is one which many people can... Read more
Published on 15 July 2010 by Ginger Ninja
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for anorexics and people around them
As a fellow anorexia sufferer, I could easily relate to how she felt and her emotions. She uses her diary written whilst in hospital as her story to show her feelings and... Read more
Published on 6 May 2010 by Sammy J
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