Eating to Lose: Healing From a Life of Diabulimia

Eating to Lose: Healing From a Life of Diabulimia

by Maryjeanne Hunt


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781936303274
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
Publication date: 12/05/2011
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Maryjeanne Hunt was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 1971. As a teenager she developed diabulimia and battled her eating disorder for 22 years. Now fully healed, she has been free of her eating disorder since 1997.

Maryjeanne has held a position as wellness columnist for CNC Newspapers, published nationally since August 2009. She has been a licensed personal fitness and certified weight management coach since 1987, where she counsels others on wellness, diet, and body image. Her story has been featured on ABC News and Oprah Radio.

Table of Contents

Foreword v

Introduction vii

Collision Course 1

1 Body Image Setup 3

2 Verdict: Type 1 Diabetes 9

3 When Body Image and Diabetes Collide 17

Broken 27

4 Somewhere Between Extremes and Balance 29

5 Discovering Fitness 39

6 Battling Infertility 49

7 Motherhood 59

8 Verdict: Diabulimia 67

9 Breaking Illness Open 75

10 How Children Learn 87

Renovation 93

11 Owning It 95

12 Reshaping Tomorrow 107

13 Verdict: Choosing Wholeness 115

14 Paying It Forward 123

15 Shopping Resurrected 135

Epilogue 139

Resources for People with Eating Disorders 143

Resources for People with Diabete 145

Index 147

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Eating to Lose: Healing from a Life of Diabulimia 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
AshtonAnne on LibraryThing 4 months ago
This book really suffers for lack of a good editor. The author abuses ellipses, parentheses, and brackets. The chronology is all out of sorts, which while acceptable for a novel, isn't so great for a memoir. I know the author isn't a trained writer so much and thus is writing in a colloquial style, but it does take away from the book.The boxed sections of how to deal with your own disordered behaviors and thoughts often boil down to religious platitudes, e.g., "give it over to God". I understand that many, many eating disorder clinics around the nation found the treatment programs on religion, but many ED sufferers find it not just unhelpful, but off-putting.Overall, I feel this book could have been so great, if the publisher had employed the services of a ghostwriter or co-author, or even just edited with a heavier hand.
sarradee on LibraryThing 4 months ago
MaryJeanne Hunt's memoir detailing her struggle with recovery from diabulemia. Women with diabetes are more likely to develop eating disorders because they have to have such an intimate relationship with food. Omitting insulin injections to control weight by making up for binging left the author sick, sometimes even hospitalized, but she was unable to stop until she learned to change her relationship with her own body and stop striving for unattainable perfection.Hopefully this memoir will help other women with the same body issues realize that it's ok to be less than perfect and that a perfect body isn't worth dying to obtain.
Sovranty on LibraryThing 4 months ago
Maryjeanne Hunt's book is part memoir, part healing diary, and part self-help. Hunt chronicales her lifelong struggle, from young adult to present, with Type I Diabetes and diabulimia. Hunt intimately allows the reader to experience the inner dialogue that originates and perpetuates the disease, giving those who don't struggle with diabulimia an insider's perspective and those who do a paralleling understanding.It is somewhat easy to get lost in the diary-memoir part, as Hunt jumps around in the time line to emphasize different points in the healing process. It is also somewhat muddy due to ongoing healing revelations, as Hunt's story is not at an end and the healing process is a continuous. Personal accounts and advice of how to live with the healing process, as well as the peppered "Inspirations to Invite Healing" sections, will be helpful and supportive for anyone struggling with an eating disorder or ongoing, internal trail. Additionally, the book has supportive, professional references for those suffering from Type I Diabetes or diabulimia or both.
actress133 on LibraryThing 4 months ago
An inspiring story for all readers, even those without personal ties to the struggles of living with an eating disorder. The narrative is a little weak, mostly because it's hard to follow the chronology of Hunt's disease. The memoir becomes stronger by incorporating tips and recommendations for healthy living--resulting in a nice mix of personal accounts and self-help suggestions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this to be very well written and informative. This is a subject I knew nothing about, but can now see how important it was to understand. I'm certain the author, Maryjeanne Hunt, will be able to help others who are going through Diabullimia or their families to better comprehend the complexities.