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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Elizabeth A. Brennan, M.A.(University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: The book describes a woman's personal journey throughout her struggle with body image, disordered eating, and type I diabetes. Written in the first person, the book offers a detailed and honest account of Maryjeanne Hunt's personal battle to find balance, beginning in adolescence and proceeding through adulthood.
Purpose: The purpose is to offer readers a personal account of one woman's journey to overcome her struggle with an eating disorder and type I diabetes. This is a worthy objective, given the high co-occurrence of eating disorders among adolescent and young adult women diagnosed with type I diabetes. It is important to raise awareness of this dangerous disorder among individuals, caregivers, and society as a whole.
Audience: Although it is written for the general public, the book also would serve as an excellent resource for students, clinicians, and physicians working with patients with eating disorders, diabetes, or both.
Features: The book proceeds chronologically, opening with Maryjeanne Hunt's adolescent years when she received a diagnosis of type I diabetes and began to struggle with body image. Her story chronicles her college years, early married life, and motherhood. The author seamlessly incorporates relevant medical details in a clear and concise manner that does not interrupt the narrative flow.
Assessment: This story offers an insightful and honest perspective on a woman's struggle with body image and disordered eating. She humbly describes her successes and failures over the years, as well as the inner turmoil that often followed both. Her story proceeds in a way that simultaneously entices and informs the reader, making this book a valuable resource for professionals and any woman struggling with food and weight, with or without diabetes.