These are great books to read if you’re struggling with body image, an eating disorder or have a friend who is dealing with a negative perspective of her body.
Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters
By: Courtney E. Martin
This is an interesting look into the lives of young women in our society, from the perspective of a “healthy” (i.e., non-eating-disordered) journalist. Martin speaks of food obsession and the need for perfection. She paints a picture of the all too familiar super woman. The book contains thorough interviews with those suffering from eating disorders, and those who have dodged these illnesses but are still deeply affected by self hatred. The feeling of never being “good enough” seems to be universal.
By: Lorri Antosz and Taryn Leigh Benson
A sad and heartbreaking story. I think I cried every page until the last. It expressed the pain of having an eating disorder so accurately, whether it was because the sufferer was older, or because she had it for a longer time. There are accounts from both mother and daughter, and how it affects the family. A must read.
In Pursuit of the Ideal
By: Nancy Wilson
Attractive, popular, vivacious and intelligent: Nancy had it all. Yet somehow, she still felt an intense and continuing need to be ever more perfect, which drove her to develop a life-threatening eating disorder. Compassion and empathy permeate Wilson’s writing as she cuts to the core and openly tells how she fell into the agonizing traps of anorexia and bulimia. She speaks with conviction about key factors contributing to the development of her eating disorder and deals gently with the hurt and the pain, while bringing to light the grief it causes.
Most importantly, Nancy shares how she was able to climb out of her devastating nightmare. She offers powerful insights and lists practical steps to help hurting teens find freedom and complete healing. In this world of media bombardment which shouts to young people that only perfection leads to self-worth, In Pursuit of the Ideal offers a realistic lifeline of deliverance and hope.
Read a first-hand account from a normal girl, fighting the scary eating disorder disease.