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In this memoir, a bright, chubby girl believes that thinness is next to godliness and so attends one of the first meetings of Overeaters Anonymous in 1975. Her 20s are marked by yo-yo dieting, depressive episodes and a sadistic shrink. Then, just as her dream of being a writer is within reach, entering Columbia's prestigious MFA programme, she spirals into a suicidal depression and lands for a six-month stay at New York State Psychiatric Institute. There a young resident helps her take her first steps towards self-hood, unravelling the self-loathing of an eating disorder coupled with a paralysing mood disorder. He also helps her confront a tragic family secret - whose silence had enveloped an otherwise average Jewish middle-class family - and begin, finally, to heal. "Food and Loathing" is a book about how people use food to narcotise, to love and to escape. It's about therapy - the good, the bad and the down right destructive - and about every woman who spends too much of her life thinking about her weight and how she can forgive herself for living.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781844080779
ISBN-10: 1844080773
Format: Paperback
(178mm x 127mm x mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Virago Press Ltd
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 5-Jun-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Betsy Lerner

Betsy Lerner holds an MFA in poetry from Columbia University. She is the recipient of the Thomas Wolfe Poetry Prize and an Academy of American Poets Poetry Prize. She is a former editor and is now a literary agent with The Gernert Company. She lives outside New York City.

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