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Gaining: The Truth About Life After Eating Disorders

by Aimee Liu

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A fascinating exploration of what restricting offered to women – the rewards they experienced and felt that went far deeper than just a super-skinny body: essentially, the void it tried to fill. Gaining includes the author’s personal experiences, those of other women, and existing research on anorexia, including the characteristics, personality traits, and early-life experiences shared by many female anorexics. ( )
  SaraMSLIS | Mar 1, 2016 |
This book is written from the point of view of a successful woman who has been recovered from anorexia for several years. In it she interviews other women of similar age who have also recovered from eating disorders, and explores the similarities in their experiences.
I found Liu's perspective interesting, but I found her generalizations about those who suffer from eating disorders to be speculative and not especially helpful. Most of her conclusions were appropriate for herself and others with similar experiences and backgrounds, but I felt much of her speculation about the personality types that suffer eating disorders and their lives were really only applicable to her own circle. It may have been a better idea for her to have written about her own experiences and those of her peers as what they were - specific case studies - and left out grand theories and speculations.
All in all it was an inspiring look into the life of a woman who was once at death's door, and an interesting perspective on eating disorders from a very articulate survivor. ( )
  ediedoll | Dec 5, 2010 |
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If you've ever suffered from an eating disorder-or cared for someone who is anorexic or bulimic-you may think you understand these illnesses. But do you really understand why they occur? Do you know what it takes to fully recover? Do you know how eating disorders affect life after recovery? Now, nearly three decades after she detailed her first battle with anorexia in Solitaire, Aimee Liu presents an emotionally powerful and poignant sequel that digs deep into the causes, cures, and consequences of anorexia and bulimia nervosa. Aimee Liu believed she had conquered anorexia in her twenties. Then in her forties, when her life once again began spiraling out of control, she stopped eating. Liu realized the same forces that had caused her original eating disorder were still in play. She also noticed that other women she knew with histories of anorexia and bulimia seemed to share many of her personality traits and habits under stress-even decades after "recovery." Intrigued and concerned, Liu set out to learn who is susceptible to these disorders and why, and what it takes to overcome them once and for all. With GAINING, Liu shatters commonly held beliefs about eating disorders while assembling a puzzle that is as complex and fascinating as human identity itself. Through cutting-edge research and the stories of more than forty interview subjects, readers will discover that the tendency to develop anorexia or bulimia has little to do with culture, class, gender-or weight. Genetics, however, play a key role. So does temperament. So do anxiety, depression, and shame. Clearly, curing eating disorders involves more than good nutrition. Candidly recalling her own struggles, triumphs, and defeats, Aimee explores an array of promising and innovative new treatments, offers vital insights to anyone who has ever had an eating disorder, and shows parents how to help protect their children from ever developing one. Her book is sure to change the way we talk and think about eating disorders for years to come.

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Offers an autobiographical account of dealing with anorexia and its aftermath, looking at the role personality plays in influencing eating disorders, the causes and consequences of the problem, and life after these devastating ailments.

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