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Thin by Lauren Greenfield
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Nov 14, 2008

Read in November, 2008

The relationship between food, emotions, and women's bodies, my goodness. I didn't intend to be in the library for more than fifteen minutes but the cover of this book grabbed my attention and, soon enough, I was planted at a desk completely engrossed in the photos and stories. Some of the photos are quite disturbing but the nature of how anorexia and bulimia take control of one's mind and body is such a complicated and widespread matter that it merits such honest documentation. To make the experience even more excruciating is that I hadn't eaten lunch at that point so I was really hungry and yet to read about these girls who want to kill themselves over having five peanuts instead of their daily allotment of three peanuts was maddening. But reading through the stories, it becomes clear that it isn't really so much about food but love, security, control, family. This book was published in 2006 so I was left to wonder how these girls (and some older women as well) fared after they left Renfrew. Some cases definitely looked more promising than others but I hope they are all closer to being able to accept and enjoy the small pleasures in life such as butter on popcorn or, at least, even just popcorn, if not the love and security they obviously and desperately need.
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