Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia

By Marya Hornbacher

Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

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In this classic from Marya Hornbacher, she tells the story of dealing with her anorexia and bulimia over a course of many years, including the multiple hospitalizations, endless therapy, and the loss of family. By the time she is in college, Hornbacher is in the grip of a bout with anorexia so horrifying that it will forever put to rest the romance of wasting away.

In this vivid, emotionally wrenching memoir, the author recreates the experience and illuminates the tanble of personal, family and cultural causes underlying eating disorders in modern society. The book is the engaging story of one woman’s travels to the darker side of reality and her decision to find her way back… on her own terms.

From Amazon.com: “I fell for the great American dream, female version, hook, line, and sinker,” Marya Hornbacher writes. “I, as many young women do, honest-to-God believed that once I Just Lost a Few Pounds, suddenly I would be a New You, I would have Ken-doll men chasing my thin legs down with bouquets of flowers on the street, I would become rich and famous and glamorous and lose my freckles and become blond and five foot ten.” Hornbacher describes in shocking detail her lifelong quest to starve herself to death, to force her short, athletic body to fade away. She remembers telling a friend, at age 4, that she was on a diet. Her bizarre tale includes not only the usual puking and starving, but also being confined to mental hospitals and growing fur (a phenomenon called lanugo, which nature imposes to keep a body from freezing to death during periods of famine).

Softcover, 320 pages.

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APA Reference
Grohol, J. (2008). Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 24, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/lib/wasted-a-memoir-of-anorexia-and-bulimia/0001475
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