Slim to None: A Journey Through the Wasteland of Anorexia Treatment

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A young woman's fatal battle with anorexia, in her own words

In the tradition of Go Ask Alice, Prozac Nation, and Girl Interrupted, Slim to None grants readers precious access to the emotional and psychological underpinnings of its author. Step-by-step, readers follow Jenny's long journey through a "wasteland" of failed treatments and therapies, false hope, and abuse by the mental health system that kept her captive most of her life.

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Overview

A young woman's fatal battle with anorexia, in her own words

In the tradition of Go Ask Alice, Prozac Nation, and Girl Interrupted, Slim to None grants readers precious access to the emotional and psychological underpinnings of its author. Step-by-step, readers follow Jenny's long journey through a "wasteland" of failed treatments and therapies, false hope, and abuse by the mental health system that kept her captive most of her life.

Although this disease has been at the forefront of public awareness for years, anorexia continues to claim more victims than any other mental illness. Slim to None reveals the glaring inadequacy of the mental health system to treat and fully understand this disease.

The first journal of an anorexic to be published posthumously, the book discloses the innermost thoughts, fears, and hopes of a young girl stricken and fighting to recover.

Jenny Hendricks painstakingly recorded her experiences as she suffered from and eventually succumbed to this eating disorder. With candor, she recounts being shipped from one doctor to another and subjected to widely varying treatments—all of which ultimately proved unsuccessful. Her father, Gordon Hendricks, fills in this compelling narrative with his own memories of his daughter's struggle.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780071410694
  • Publisher: NTC Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/15/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.38 (h) x 1.25 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2009

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    Okay Read If You Have Nothing Better To Do.

    This book was an OK read. It was very slow and frustrating (part of it was that the story was designed to be frustrating and the other part was that it was somewhat poorly edited). I realize that Jenny's father wanted to keep it as true to the original journal as possible, but a lot of it was speculation and poorly researched. Not enough credit is given to often successful eating disorder treatment and I did feel as though Jenny's father coddled his daughter until her death. This book is trying to push blame on failed eating disorder cases on the mental health industry. I'm not saying MH treatment is perfect in any way, however this book just tries to point fingers and blame others for the family's shortcomings. Jenny was a courageous girl, but ultimately her family killed her. Also, there were accusations of satanic abuse in this book. That was a red flag to me that much of it was propaganda (perhaps memories implanted by Weintraub?) as no cases of satanic abuse none of which have ever been proven true and most "survivors" later recanted their stories and/or identified them as false memories. I suppose just read it for yourself and decide. Rather long book and mostly a waste of time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2007

    When the 'cure' kills..

    A very honest, heartbreaking biography about a woman with enormous talent and potential. This book portrays how a total lack of understanding when treating eating disorders kills. An important book today for treatment centres that do not help the problem. Slim to None will no doubt both touch and scorche your heart. The person with so much potential was never seperated from her condition. You will not forget the name Jennifer Hendricks. Her story is much more than a good read. It will save lives.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2004

    Good read

    This was a good book, and I would recommend it to read. I rated it three stars because some of the book was difficult to understand. This book could also be very triggering to some of those who are recovering/recovered from this disease. All in all, a good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2004

    An honest glimpse of anorexia nervosa as told from the frontlines.

    Always on the quest for that one book that will miraculously move me toward recovery, I picked up 'Slim to None' at Barnes and Noble last night. I have less than 50 of its 300+ pages left to read. Captivating and intimate, the journal entries of this young woman put into writing what I have long written in my own journals... the sense that we don't belong in this world, that we have an inability to navigate it's twists and turns the way other human beings do. That death is a welcome friend when viewed against the life of pain and confusion that must be waiting for us. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone working with young women who struggle with this disease. While we are all uniquely individual, I think there are ways that we are also very much the same. There are lessons to be learned in these pages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2003

    TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE

    I BATTLE ANOREXIA DAILY. EVERYTHING IN THIS BOOK IS SO TRUE AS IF I WERE WRITING IT MYSELF. IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A BOOK WITH TIPS ON BEING ANOREXIC THEN THIS IS NOT FOR YOU. I HAVE READ MANY BOOKS ABOUT THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN ABLE TO RECOVER. UNFORTUNATELY, JENNIFER'S STORY IS THE ONLY BOOK I HAVE READ THAT CHOKED ME UP AND MADE BE REALIZE MY LIFE COULD ALSO HAVE THE SAME ENDING. I HAVE ASKED MY FAMILY MEMBERS TO READ THIS BOOK AND PERHAPS HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF AN ANOREXIC MIND.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2003

    A very honest book.

    I think the first thing that strikes me about this book was the unconditional love that Jennifer's father Gordon Hendricks has for his daughter. Throughout the story you get the sense that this man was the only one who 'got it.' As a 'recovered' anorexic myself I really thought this book was an honest portrayal about the battle between mind and body. Taking writings from Jennifer's journal and incorporating a story around the events in her journal really gives you a intimate look at her struggle. An honest struggle. This book about recovery was unlike any other anorexia book I have read. Most books about this subject go through the same thing, girl gets sick, girl goes through recovery, girl gets well, girl inspires others. However in Jennifer's story she takes you through the torment of her illness and gives you a clear sense of how the healthcare system does not work for those who struggle with eating disorders. Jennifer was couragous for wanting to tell her story. Gordon Hendricks was generous to share it with all of us in the hopes that it will help others. Bravo!

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