Diary of an Exercise Addict

Diary of an Exercise Addict

by Peach Friedman

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Overview

In 2000, Peach Friedman, a college senior freshly broken up from her boyfriend, set out to beat the blues by beating herself into shape. Running ten miles a day and taking in as little as 800 calories, she fell from 146 pounds to 100 in three months and was at serious risk of cardiac arrest. What Friedman suffered from was exercise bulimia—a newly diagnosed and rapidly spreading eating disorder that affects some 400,000 American women, and which gyms and colleges across America are beginning to take seriously. In Diary of an Exercise Addict Friedman recounts her descent into a life-threatening illness, her remarkable recovery, and the setbacks along the way. With refreshing candor she lays bare her relationships with family, friends, and lovers and the repressed desire that finally surfaced as she found her own way back to health.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780762759996
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 01/19/2010
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Peach Friedman, a spokesperson for the National Eating Disorders Association, is a personal fitness trainer and yoga teacher who works with people recovering from eating disorders. She has been featured in People magazine, has been interviewed by Barbara Walters on ABC’s The View, and has appeared on 20/20 and E! True Hollywood Story.

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As a young Southern woman in her senior year of college, Peach Friedman set out to beat the blues—and a break-up with her boyfriend—by beating herself into shape. Running ten miles a day and taking in as little as 800 calories, she forbade herself from indulging in the sensual pleasure of food and worked her body to exhaustion to avoid dealing with her emotional pain.

She fell from 146 to 100 pounds in three months.

Friedman suffered from exercise bulimia—a compulsion to purge calories through excessive exercise, and a rapidly growing eating disorder that affects some 400,000 American women. Having lost all memory of the sexy, curvaceous woman she once knew, Friedman found herself at serious risk of cardiac arrest.

In Diary of an Exercise Addict, Friedman chronicles her harrowing six-year ordeal—from her gradual descent into a life-threatening eating disorder to her remarkable recovery, and the setbacks and challenges she encountered along the way. With refreshing candor, she unveils her intimate relationships with family, friends, and lovers, as well as the repressed desire that finally finds its way to the surface as she finds her own way back to health. In this raw and illuminating narrative, Friedman does not shy away from recounting the most painful details about her body, her sex life, and her family, as well as her darkest, most terrifying thoughts.

In a culture obsessed with weight management and fitness, this extraordinary memoir exposes the very real dangers of pushing your body too hard, while showing how one woman’s courage and determination helped her to eventually wind her way back to a full recovery. Abook about accepting yourself—and your body—and embracing your true identity, Diary of an Exercise Addict will comfort, inspire, and captivate.

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Diary of an Exercise Addict 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
trinityM82 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not as interesting as I thought it would be. She is very whiny and it is more about her anorexia, and how she uses that to hide her problems. Not very revolutionary because it comes off as too self absorbed.
verka6811 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Peach grew up watching her mother¿s unhealthy relationship with food. Whether it was due to this genetic pre-disposition or the turmoil in her personal life, she began an increasingly obsessive exercise and diet regimen. Peach counted every calorie, often eating as little as 800 calories a day. What she did eat she worked off through three-times-a-day workouts. In a matter of four months, Peach lost 49 pounds and dropped down to a skeleton-like 100-pound frame. As Peach chronicled her worsening anorexia nervosa and exercise bulimia, her sometimes erratic writing made it easier to understand her state of mind. At the height of her disorder, all she saw was her desire to control her food intake, and to work off the few calories she did take in. She did not deal with her emotions and focused solely on maintaining control over her body. She saw herself as thin and beautiful while others saw her as sickly and in need of help. At one point Peach describes always being cold, and the soft downy hair growing all over her body ¿ not associating either with depriving herself of nourishment. Recovery rates from eating disorders are low, and Peach spent many years getting better, relapsing, and getting better again. In some respects, her recovery ¿ and dealing with emotions she blocked out for so long ¿ seemed more difficult than the disorder itself. She survived, learned from experience, and chose to help others by becoming a fitness specialist and educator. With her foray into writing, Peach created an account that is an inspiration for those struggling with food and exercise issues, and a poignant and heartfelt story for all readers.
WordMaven on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What an egomaniac this chick is. Eating disorders are about self-hatred and punishment, not going on and on about how "beautiful", "stunning", and "hot" you look. Based on her photo on the book's back flap, those terms are a stretch, as I find her looks average at best, no matter how "long, straight, and blonde" her hair is. This girl needs to get a grip. I'm giving this book two stars on the chance that some other eating disordered person out there will gain something to help them. For my money, it was an agonizing read where I just wanted to finish the book because I was constantly amazed at the ego on this girl. She had every advantage available to her, and so to me her so-called disorder was merely another facet of her self-indulgent lifestyle. Another problem with this "diary" is that it perpetuates the myth that eating disorders are the terrain of the affluent. She's all that: white, upper middle class, young, educated. The truth is that eating disorders effect women AND men of all economic strata, all races, all backgrounds, and all ages. It's just that the only ones who could afford to get help were affluent, so that's the only group that got counted in the statistics. Peach is proof of that--she tells us how she goes out and hires a dietician and a therapist, and her parents hire shrinks, etc. a team of professionals to help this girl! If you can relate to this girl, I dunno. But after struggling with food issues my entire life and sitting through thousands of recovery meetings for the truly food-addicted, I have never seen or heard anyone like Peach. If nothing else, she needs to go to adult children of alcoholics to get over herself and address the root of her problems, not just the symptoms.
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