Gaining by Aimee Liu
The Truth About Life After Eating Disorders

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Aimee Liu, who wrote Solitaire, the first-ever memoir of anorexia, in 1979, returns to the subject nearly three decades later and shares her story and those of the many women in her age group of life beyond this life-altering ailment. She has extensively researched the origins and effects of both anorexia and bulimia, and dispels many commonly held myths about these diseases with the persuasive conclusion that anorexia is a result of personality.
Key revelations include: the temperament required for eating disorders,the long-term effects of eating disorders on health, brain function, relationships and career,why some individuals recover while others relapse, and why many relapse in mid-life,Which treatment approaches are most successful long-term and how parents can tell if a child will be vulnerable to eating disorders.
Using her own experience and the stories of many recovering anorexics she's interviewed, Liu weaves together a narrative that is both persuasive in argument and compelling in personal details.
 

About Aimee Liu

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Aimee Liu is the author of a groundbreaking account of anorexia nervosa, Solitaire. She has also written three highly acclaimed novels, Flash House, Cloud Mountain and Face. Liu is the former president of PEN West, and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son.
 
Published February 22, 2007 by Grand Central Publishing. 321 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help. Non-fiction

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Thirty years after Liu penned Solitaire documenting her teenage experience with anorexia nervosa, she recounts her midlife relapse and recovery. Liu exposes many

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Thirty years after Liu penned Solitaire documenting her teenage experience with anorexia nervosa, she recounts her midlife relapse and recovery.

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Monsters and Critics

As an anorexia survivor and author of “Solitaire”, a documentary of her teenage battles with the problem, Aimee Liu knows too well the myths and half-truths surrounding eating disorders.

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Red Room

1955-2044, May 9, 2007 Aimee Liu is the author of GAINING: The Truth About Life After Eating Disorders, published by Warner Books on February 22, 2007.

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Psych Central

Liu also conducts interviews with more than forty others who have also grappled with eating disorders to help put not only a human face on these issues, but help people understand how eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia have little to do with culture, class, gender or even weight.

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