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Wasted by Marya Hornbacher
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Jun 23, 2007

it was amazing
Read in September, 2006

A much more impressive exploration of the causes of eating disorders than any other book on the topic that I've read. She brings in her personal experiences (and is careful to state that her views are about herself and her own experiences and that they may not apply to everyone, or even anyone else) to go beyond theories like young women being influenced by fashion models or trying to delay the onset of puberty. The book is also brutally, brutally honest, especially the last bit in which she catalogues the long term effects of her illness. Parts might be too intense for younger at-risk girls, but excerpts could be powerful tools in showing them the reality of eating disorders.
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