The Good Eater: The True Story of One Man's Struggle with Binge Eating Disorder

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At the age of twenty-one, stylish and striking Ron Saxen turned heads on the street. A promising model with a tony California agency, his lithe and muscular body graced the pages of magazines and even the cover of a fitness book. He was headed for a future of bright lights and brighter possibilities-but a dark turn of events would leave Saxen working for minimum wage in a coffee shop and dodging his agent less than a year later.

Binge eating disorder, a malady that strikes some 2.5 million Americans-40 percent of whom are men-led Saxen to gain nearly one hundred pounds, destroying his modeling career and threatening his health and sanity. This compelling memoir tells Saxen's story as he plunges into binge eating, dangerous starvation diets, drug use, and a rollercoaster ride of odd careers, destructive relationships, and personal tragedies-all set against a fabulous backdrop that ranges from the streets of Sacramento to the fundamentalist enclaves of the Great Plains. A gripping page turner from start to finish, this amazing personal memoir will help break stereotypes and shed new light on this common disorder.

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The Good Eater is an honest, brave account of one man’s difficult struggle with body image and food. I commend Ron Saxen for having the courage to write a book that reflects his personal battle with binge eating disorder. His honesty and openness can help the many men who suffer in silence with this problem, as well as educate others that eating disorders are not exclusive to one gender.
—Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D., clinical instructor in psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and coauthor of The Adonis Complex
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572244856
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication date: 3/10/2007
  • Series: Unassigned Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Ron Saxen has worked as a model, stand-up comedian, and comedy writer and had worked in sales for a number of high-profile companies. He lives in Berkeley, CA.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     v
1984
Magic     3
1968-1981 The Early Years
The Great Adventure     11
Hello, Satan     28
Polaroid     45
The F Word     60
Double Vision     74
Burgers and Blood     90
1982-1985 The Insanity
Bookstore Body     107
The M Word     115
The Dream     127
Shaky Ground     140
Critical Mass     147
1985-1996 The Road to Recovery
The De La Fontaine Brothers     161
Uncle Sam     171
Haunted     184
White Wedding     194
My Bed     206
Another Man's Floor     222
2002-2005
The Good Eater     243
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2007

    Great story and a great read

    This is a wonderful book that shows the courage of one man's struggle with binge eating disorder. Ron's childhood and past cause him to reach for food and he sacrifices a great career opportunity for the binge. The story leads you through his life and finally how he deals with this eating disorder. He shows great courage in letting us all into his life. This is not a 'how to' deal with B.E.D. but rather how he dealt with it. A great story! Loved it.

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