Anorexic people come from all walks of life, but these particular women have the most courageous, touching stories about what it's like to live with an eating disorder. Sadly, not all have happy endings.
Author of 'Wasted'
Usually when we think of eating disorders, our minds go right to visuals of famous people with anorexia or images of other anorexic people (like models) who we so often see in the magazines and tabloids.
But there are also (if I may use the term) "everyday people" like you and me, who live life one day at a time, one battle at a time.
The following anorexic people are not actresses or models, but I'm willing to guess that they may have been influenced by them - or the media industry - in some way.
Three of these remarkable ladies have published memoirs about their battles with anorexia (and/or bulimia) and their long, difficult journeys to recovery.
I've read all of these novels and each of them touched me in a different way. Probably the most tragic and most profound was the autobiography, Slim To None, which was posthumously written by Jennifer Hendricks. The narrative was written by Jennifer's father, Gordon Hendricks, after her death.
Marya Hornbacher is one of more notable anorexic people. Famous as the the author of Wasted, A Memoir Of Anorexia And Bulimia. The autobiography sold over one million copies in the U.S., plus additional copies worldwide.
In Wasted, Marya Hornbacher documents her struggle with the eating disorder bulimia, which she developed at the age of 9. In her mid-teens, she developed anorexia, and was later diagnosed with bi-polar disorder.
Marya spent a lot of time going in-and-out of hospitals for treatment, but her condition kept worsening. At one point, she was given just two weeks to live.
Slim To None is a harrowing anorexia book published by Gordon Hendricks after the death of his daughter, Jennifer.
Of all the anorexic people, this consists of the most powerful diary entries made by Jennifer Hendricks during her illness. For purposes of clarity, her father provides added details and thoughts that help explain the anorexic mind.
Jennifer lost her battle with anorexia at the age of 25, weighing not much more than a healthy 3-year-old. During the last five years of her life, she spent less than six weeks outside of a hospital setting.
Jennifer's innermost thoughts and feelings are gut-wrenching, to say the least. They take you inside the tormented world of the anorexic mind - the battle with the Eating Disorder Voice, and the frustration with the whole mental health system.
Kid Rex is another autobiographical account of a young woman's journey through the perils of anorexia. Laura Moisin had friends who were diagnosed with the illness, and it wasn't long before she found herself fighting the same disease.
Living in New York City and witnessing first-hand the destruction of 9/11, this event only served to perpetuate her illness.
Filled with practical exercises for those who suffer from eating disorders, Jenni's books personify anorexia as "ED" and go on to educate us about how to live Life Without ED.
There are many other anorexic people who have documented their journey in the form of a novel. If you liked, or were inspired by a particular book, feel free to write a book review and it will posted as a web page on this site for others to see and comment :)
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