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ISBN: 0446694827
Author: Aimee Liu
Language: English
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (January 2, 2008)
Pages: 336
Category: Specific Groups
Subcategory: Biography
Rating: 4.6
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In 1979, Liu penned the groundbreaking memoir "Solitaire," in which she described her battle with anorexia. 5 people like this topic.

Aimee Liu, who wrote Solitaire, the first-ever memoir of anorexia, in 1979, returns to the subject nearly three decades later .

Aimee was suffering from anorexia during her high school and college years and thought she had recovered when she was in her twenties. That's when she wrote her first book on the subject entitled "Solitaire. 20-years later, during a tumultuous period in her life, she quit eating altogether. She now considers herself "fully recovered. Good evening Aimee and thank you for joining us tonight

While much has been written on the devastating effects of the illness itself, Liu gives us a unique and provocative look at recovery, taking away the shame and helping us to "gain" hope and understanding. This is a ground-breaking work that's a must-read for anyone who has struggled with food or weight but didn't quite understand why. -Lori Gottlieb, Author of STICK FIGURE: A DIARY OF MY FORMER SELF.

Aimee Liu, recently spoke with Kelly Jad’on, the OnLine Publisher of BasilAndSpice. com, about Gaining and how life with anorexia influenced this new book.

Request PDF On Dec 26, 2007, F. Diane Barth and others published Gaining: The Truth about Life after Eating .

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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.

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asAS
A very important book we should be hearing more of. Having had experience with the modern day psychiatric model of treatment for eating disorders, I have always observed that the mindset even of hospital staff is that of treating the teenage white girl from a high-income family. Public perception of this has rendered thousands of women grappling with eating disorders invisible and as such keeps them arrested in these disorders (not to even mention the men who are!). Gaining takes us through what eating disorders look like after high school; who carries this on and who doesn't; who gets better and who doesn't and what happens when eating disorders follow a patient through adulthood. The medical community has done little to dispel the stereotypes of eating disorders; Ms Liu thankfully has taken those stereotyes to task. Because eating disorders affect so many diffierent systems in the body, Gaining needs to be in every doctor's office.
Zan
This book brings an interesting perspective--that eating disorders are a concoction of nature and nurture. Liu asserts that one is born with certain brain chemistry (she specifically talks about dopamine), possesses a certain personality and temperament, and then has triggering life experiences at a young age before developing an eating disorder. She goes into great detail about three major temperaments (perfectionists, the overcontrolled, and the undercontrolled) and explores the role family and upbringing play. She brings in a lot of personal stories from adults who were most active with their eating disordered behaviors when young (those traditionally considered "recovered") and reveals how much ED is still a part of their lives, though not overtly so. This is not a book that offers solutions to eating disorders, but one that gives so much insight into how the brain and experience shape behavior.

On a personal level, this book helped me to let go and accept a lot about my life and my behaviors. As a person who is always looking back at my childhood like it's an unknown terrain that I must precisely map, this book helped me to realize that it's not important if I remember every single detail of what happened. Some part of how I turned out was not because of things that happened, but of genetic components that I can't help, and that was a comfort for me. If you feel the same way I do, I highly recommend reading this book.
Drelalak
Definitely one of the best books on eating disorders and recovery I've read. I hadn't made it but a chapter or two in before deciding to order Liu's other book, Solitaire, because I immediately fell in love with her writing style; I would highly recommend ordering both. Liu has some fresh ideas that I haven't read anywhere else but that make quite a bit of sense, she definitely has a new (and needed) perspective on recovery.
Snowskin
Simply masterful. Liu skilfully weaves personal stories about eating disorders, both her own and those of her contemporaries, with threads of expert opinion and corroborated by research. Thoroughly engaging, entertaining, and enlightening, this book is a must for everyone affected by eating disorders, from the patient to parents, friends, and family.

I loved it so much I bought another copy for my parents to help explain anorexia nervosa to them. Thank you, Ms. Liu, for helping me and my family during this difficult time.
Xlisiahal
I am now just over 4 years in recovery from a 16 year struggle with an eating disorder (anorexia nervosa and EDNOS) . This book was a fantastic read for me as it was different from most books that highlight the struggle of being in the midst of an active eating disorder but not the struggle of reaching and maintaining recovery. This book shines a light on not only the recovery process but also the points beyond : things like relapse and the tranference of compulsive actions as well as coping with all that comes with having a temperment that can lead to, and make it so hard to stay recovered from, an eating disorder. Aimee Liu also, via her interviews, shows just how individual an experience a person's eating disorder can be in that everyone deals with and reacts to these illnesses in different ways, hence why it can be so hard to recover in the sense that there is no one method of treatment that works for everyone. I recommend this book to the recovered as well as those as of yet untouched by someone with an eating disorder as this book is so insightful and, I believe, could really help fight stigma.
Tam
This book needed to be written and thankfully, it finally has. Nearly all other books on eating disorders focus on women in their teens and twenties. The author sees the bigger picture of living with eating disorders both in and out of recovery over the women's lives. Rather than giving false hope that EDs can be vanquished forever, Aimee Liu explores the personality traits involved and their impact on women with EDs. She shares the latest research that emphasizes that this is like most other mental health problems-- has genetic components and not caused by "bad parenting", like we were taught in social work school. Far from delivering a discouraging sentence, Liu shares how people with EDs have learned to focus their perfectionism and drive, many achieving impressive career successes. As a parent of a daughter who is working hard on her recovery, Liu's beautifully written and wise book calmed my fears for my daughter's future. Thank you, Aimee Liu, for this book.
Marinara
This book was recommended to me by a psychologist who had worked with eating disorders. It is different than the other anecdotal books I've read because it has so much data from studies done with eating disorderd patients. I'm learning a lot & highlighting so I can go back & digest more of the details. A great resource!

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