Distorted: How a Mother and Daughter Unraveled the Truth, the Lies, and the Realities of an Eating Disorder

Distorted: How a Mother and Daughter Unraveled the Truth, the Lies, and the Realities of an Eating Disorder

by Lorri Antosz Benson, Taryn Leigh Benson
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Distorted: How a Mother and Daughter Unraveled the Truth, the Lies, and the Realities of an Eating Disorder by Lorri Antosz Benson, Taryn Leigh Benson

Mom saw a popular, happy teen, poised to revel in her high school years; her daughter saw a fat, ugly loser, and vowed to take action. One saw glimmers of hope and researched to find the best care; the other had no intentions of getting better and researched new and clever ways to hide her compulsion. Such is the distorted reality in this riveting true account of a teen caught in the grips of an eating disorder and the mother who struggled to help her break free.

Through their gripping dual narrative, Lorri and Taryn Benson take turns chronicling their unique perceptions of events once Taryn was caught in the act of her first purge. With unflinching frankness, they reveal the deceit, the guilt, the shame, and the manipulations that are inherent in this enigmatic disease, unveiling the true picture of what happens to the family dynamic once an eating disorder takes hold. Much more than a cautionary tale, Distorted illustrates the psychological factors that underline the beginning and spread of the disease, the successful and unsuccessful therapies, and the consequences the disease had on themselves and their family.

Triumphantly, the two women share what was ultimately needed to bring the truth to light, providing guidance for anyone struggling with or affected by an eating disorder. Their two stories—woven together as one powerful beacon of hope—will offer insight and comfort to families, spouses, and loved ones who feel helpless and alone.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780757305948
Publisher: Health Communications, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/08/2008
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)
Age Range: 15 - 18 Years

About the Author

Lorri Antosz Benson is a two-time Emmy-award winning talk show producer and nationally-syndicated columnist who wrote about talk shows for Tribune Media Services for eleven years. While the senior producer for 'DONAHUE,' she appeared on such shows as Boston's Morning Show and CBS This Morning.

Taryn Leigh Benson is a college student working toward her nursing degree, and is in active recovery from an eating disorder. She was profiled in a documentary, which was used as part of the psychology curriculum at the University of Florida.

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Distorted: How a Mother and Daughter Unraveled the Truth, the Lies, and the Realities of an Eating Disorder 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
KerryLindon More than 1 year ago
I read this book for a class and I thought it was amazing! My sister had anorexia. That's why I took the class and I was reading the reviews on this site and wanted to comment: for the person who said it was scary and not good for the family in the depths of the disorder, I strongly disagree, at least with the second part. This book IS scary. But hello, anorexia IS SCARY!!! I think you are in denial, honestly, and it is a little unfair to rate a book low because it scared you. Your child probably is manipulating you and while you should give her as much support as you can, anorexia breaks trust and can be devistating. If you are looking for a book that says "you/your child/your sister/etc will beat this, it will be really easy, and all eating disorders turn out happy in the end," then this is not the book for you. If you are looking for a good, inspiring book that tells a real story, then this IS the book for you. I feel for the woman who wrote that review, but eating disorders are not easy and "fixable." My sister was anorexic for 8 years, was hospitalized 3 times and went to 2 residential treatment centers and still has trouble today. It was so hard for our family. Distorted sounded like it could have been our story, but the daughter recovered in Distorted. Many, my sister included, are still struggling. Anyway I loved this book - it isn't overly scary or dramatic. It is real!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow, just finished this and I loved it. I don't have a family member with an eating disorder, but my friend did and after she read it, she recommended it just as a really good read. I couldn't stop reading it, even at 3am!! I can only imagine how helpful this book would be if someone in my family had an eating disorder. Really, if a loved one suffers from any addiction, this book would be helpful- great story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was by far the best eating disorder book i have read. It really gave the perspective of both sides and when you are caught on one side its hard to understand the other side, this story was great for sorting that out. I recommend this story to anyone who knows an eating disordered person, and especially to the ones that do struggle.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I did not expect this to be such a gripping, outstanding story! I saw the authors on the Today show and decided to give it a try. I read it through in one sitting- I just couldn't put it down! You cry, you smile, you go through every emotion and you come away feeling so touched. This is a book for everyone to read, not just people who know someone with an eating disorder. But if you do know someone, what an important book for you to read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a horrible account of anorexia and the dynamics between mother and daughter. The mother is overinvolved in her daughter's life, but this is not enough for the teenage girl. She decides to "develop anorexia" so her parents will pay more attention to her than they already do. Halfway through the book, she decides that it is not a way to get attention anymore but a problem, and wastes a bunch of her parents money on therapy and clinics when she does not have the slightest intention of getting better. She is not anorexic, she is an attention seeker that is losing weight. If you would like to learn more about anorexia, I have included a couple of books that describe it much more accurately.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was fantastic. The dual perspectives really lets you see inside an eating disorder. I don't know anyone with an eating disorder directly, but it looked like an interesting read. It was much better than I expected- a real page-turner. I'm so glad I picked it up and I recommend it to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book sitting in the hospital waiting rooms over the past few days as I waited for my daughter, who is suffering from severe anorexia, to be moved from ICU to a normal hospital room. We are getting ready to move her into an adolescent eating disorder facility upon her discharge from the hospital. We are in the initial phases of this terrible disease and are trying to learn as much as possible about what lies in store for her, ourselves as parents, and our family. I wish I had not read this book. For any family in the throws of an eating disorder, this book is depressing, discouraging, and quite honestly counterproductive. Although I completely feel for the authors, and hope and pray that their journey with eating disorders is at an end, I can only hope that their experience was on the extreme end of the spectrum. If their experiences are what is in store for our daughter and family, then I am terrified. Right now, my daughter needs our support, unconditional love, and trust that we can work through this. Instead, after reading this book, I find myself questioning everything she tells us, looking for manipulation in her every action and words, and feel a sense of tremendous helplessness.
Buffheart More than 1 year ago
I finished this book about two days ago. It was just your average memoir of a girl with an Eating Disorder. Actually, I found it a bit dry. However, I will probably keep this book for awhile to re-read.