An Apple a Day: A Memoir of Love and Recovery from Anorexia

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I haven’t tasted chocolate for over ten years and now I’m walking down the street unwrapping a Kit Kat. Remember when Kate Moss said, ‘Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels’? She’s wrong: chocolate does.

For Christmas I’m giving myself a fresh start. I have to get some extra pounds of weight under my belt; I want to make next year the year that everything changes.

At the age of 32, after ten years of hiding from the truth, Emma Woolf finally ...

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Overview


I haven’t tasted chocolate for over ten years and now I’m walking down the street unwrapping a Kit Kat. Remember when Kate Moss said, ‘Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels’? She’s wrong: chocolate does.

For Christmas I’m giving myself a fresh start. I have to get some extra pounds of weight under my belt; I want to make next year the year that everything changes.

At the age of 32, after ten years of hiding from the truth, Emma Woolf finally decided it was time to face the biggest challenge of her life. Addicted to hunger, exercise and control, she was juggling a full-blown eating disorder with a successful career, functioning on an apple a day.

Having met the man of her dreams (and wanting a future and a baby together), she decided it was time to stop starving and start living. And as if that wasn’t enough pressure, Emma also agreed to chart her progress in a weekly column for The Times. Honest, hard-hitting and yet romantic, An Apple a Day is a manifesto for the modern generation to stop starving and start living. This compelling, life-affirming true story is essential reading for anyone affected by eating disorders (whether as a sufferer or ally), anyone interested in health and social issues – and for medical and health professionals.

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“In this heartfelt look at the causes of her eating disorder, Woolf emphatically states that her anorexia was not the result of striving to look good based on unrealistic media images but rather a mental illness based on her need for control… As Woolf walked through her personal process of self-discovery and change in her newspaper columns, she touched a chord with fellow sufferers, their families and their therapists, whose responses she includes. Her perceptive and articulate account is frank about the mental torment she endured without being morose. Insightful and informative, with fresh insights into the nature of eating disorders.” —Kirkus

"An insightful and fascinating read for everyone, whether they’ve been touched by eating disorders or not." —Booklist

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British journalist Woolf documents her struggle with anorexia. Expanding on her weekly columns for the Times (London), the author chronicles her affliction and her work to overcome it. By her early 30s, she had stabilized after 10 years of starving herself, rising from a frighteningly low weight of 77 pounds to a merely painfully thin 105. She yearned to start a family, and she knew her boyfriend was right when he told her she needed to give up running and start eating more if she wanted to get pregnant. But she just wasn't sure she could do it. In this heartfelt look at the causes of her eating disorder, Woolf emphatically states that her anorexia was not the result of striving to look good based on unrealistic media images but rather a mental illness based on her need for control. She admits that, deep down, a part of her wanted to remain sick: "I needed to be visibly thin; in some strange way I needed the chaos inside my head to show on the outside." Woolf reveals how she avoided food or any social situation at which she might have to eat, while at the same time obsessively exercising and never slowing down. Step by step, she changed her behavior; she frankly discusses which therapies worked for her and which didn't, though she declares herself open to the potential merits of each for other anorexics. As Woolf walked through her personal process of self-discovery and change in her newspaper columns, she touched a chord with fellow sufferers, their families and their therapists, whose responses she includes here. Her perceptive and articulate account is frank about the mental torment she endured without being morose. Insightful and informative, with fresh insights into the nature of eating disorders.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593765156
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/14/2013
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 402,716
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Born and brought up in London, Emma Woolf studied English at Oxford University. She worked in Psychology publishing for ten years before becoming a freelance journalist and writer, contributing to The Independent, The Times, The Mail on Sunday, Harper's Bazaar, Grazia, Red and Psychologies. Emma's weekly 'An Apple a Day' column in The Times is one of the newspaper's most popular features, with thousands of followers on-line. Emma has made numerous media appearances to discuss body image and eating disorders - most recently on Channel 5 News, Radio 4 Woman's Hour and LBC Book Club - and also consults for BEAT, the National Eating Disorders Association.
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