A hopeful and empowering memoir of one woman's struggle with diabulimia, an eating disorder linked to diabetes.
Diabulimia is the dangerous and often fatal practice in which people with Type 1 diabetes deliberately give themselves less insulin than they need in order to lose weight. Maryjeanne Hunt started limiting her insulin intake at age 14 and spent 22 years abusing her body with sugar highs, excessive exercise, and starvation in an attempt to be skinny and "perfect." In Eating to Lose, she shares her journey to health, true healing, and hard-won wisdom:
"Weight management could have been a lot easier and effective if only I'd listened to my body and given it what it really wanted all along. Our bodies want health and energy and life. They crave to be nourished and they crave to move with vigor. When we give our bodies what they really want, they reward us big-time - with wellness, happiness and you guessed it, cooperative and healthy body weight."
Timely and relevant, Eating to Lose sheds light on an often ignored and misunderstood condition and offers the possibility of recovery for those battling with diabulimia and the people who love them.
|Publisher:||Springer Publishing Company|
|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
Collision Course 1
1 Body Image Setup 3
2 Verdict: Type 1 Diabetes 9
3 When Body Image and Diabetes Collide 17
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
11 Owning It 95
12 Reshaping Tomorrow 107
13 Verdict: Choosing Wholeness 115
14 Paying It Forward 123
15 Shopping Resurrected 135
Resources for People with Eating Disorders 143
Resources for People with Diabete 145
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.