Room to Grow: An Appetite for Life

Room to Grow: An Appetite for Life

by Tracey Gold
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Room to Grow: An Appetite for Life by Tracey Gold, Julie McCarron

Tracey Gold was well known to television audiences in the 80s as the wholesome teenage sister on the long-running series Growing Pains. She co-starred for seven years alongside Kirk Cameron as brainy sister Carol Seaver in a picture-perfect American family. A working actress since the age of 4, she was a pretty and professional young star with a limitless future. But behind the smiles Tracey was fighting the battle of her life.

Ten years have passed since photos of the shockingly thin Tracey faced us from the cover of one of People's bestselling issues ever. "I always knew there'd come a day in the future, when I was far away from the media glare, when I'd have the proper time and perspective to process all I went through. Now there are many trained experts in the field of anorexia and eating disorders; and there are a lot of girls who struggle with it. I have both: the knowledge and the experience. I want this book to be something girls can turn to for help; something they can pick up and hold, a source of comfort and encouragement. It is for every sister, daughter, or friend whose life has been touched by anorexia nervosa. My celebrity has provided me a forum from which I can help others."

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015595970
Publication date: 09/01/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 536,498
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Tracey Gold is an actress best known for playing Carol Seaver in the sitcom "Growing Pains." She endured a highly publicized battle with anorexia and now holds speaking engagements counseling young women on the dangers of eating disorders. Tracey is happily married with four sons.

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Room to Grow: An Appetite for Life 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been recovered from anorexia for almost seven years, and have been working as a keynote speaker and eating disorder educator for five years. For five years now many people have talked to me about writing a book about my experience. The reason I haven't done so is because I was not sure how to write a book that will tell just how horrible this disorder is without going into too much of the wrong details that could educate someone who is already suffering. Tracey managed to write a book that tells people of the nightmare of being a victim of an eating disorder without teaching anyone how to be a better anorexic or bulimic, and without writing things that will only become 'goals' that a person with an eating disorder will decide they have to reach before being worthy of help in their mind. In other words, Tracey wrote a book that is exactly what I had someday hoped to be able write myself. Tracey did an outstanding job! Her book will help many people with eating disorders know that they are far from alone in their living hell, that so many others feel the same way. This book will help the victim's family and friends understand the disorder that has taken over their loved one, and why the victim can't just, one day, decide to 'give up this foolishness and start eating again'. This book gives knowledge; and, especially with battling an eating disorder, knowledge is power. And this book will give hope to those who are trapped by this monster that their is hope, and that they can, with some work with the help of the RIGHT people, be free of this someday. Tracey should be very proud of herself!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a very honest and poignant portrayl of tracey gold's descent into the hell of anorexia and how eventually she was able to slowly overcome her obsession with weight and food to become an inspirational icon to those who suffer from this devastating disease. I personally found it comforting because i myself suffer from avery low self esteem and body image issues even though iv'e never suffered from an eating disorder I still found this book to be very inspirational in knowing that i'm not alone in my own struggles.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read Room to Grow while attending a Harry Potter Book 5 relaease party at a local Barnes and Noble. I read it fast, actaully while the movie Chamber of Secrets was playing. It was a good book, somewhat honest. I thought Tracey was motherly and definatly had experiance with EDs. But she seems to shy away from actually discussing what caused her to get sick. As an actress myself, I could understand what she meant when she talked about the stress of preformace.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hi, my name is Mary. I'm 36 years old with a 15 year old daughter. I was diagnosed with Anorexia over 10 years ago but I didn't deal with the real problem(s) until about 6 weeks ago. I purchased this book in January after reading something about the book in People magazine. I thought to myself, 'this sounds interesting'. Maybe because she is a star, maybe because I had the same diagnosis, or a little of both. Wow, reading this book was 'a slap in the face of reality'!!!! I didn't realize how far along in the stages of this tragic disease I had endured until the end of Feb/1st of March. I was encouraged by my mom and sister (they to read to book) to have an evaluation at Ridgeview Institute in Atlanta. I finally agreed to go and wound up getting the help I needed. At this institution, I realized the cold hard facts of this disease and began to own up to it. I discovered it was serious and I wasn't above having heart trouble, etc of which I discovered while at Ridgeview. I discovered this by a bad EKG reading. I was 80% under my ideal weight. (92 lbs at 5'4 1/2') My ideal weight should have been 118lbs. I learned how to eat again, and what nutrition was all about as well as the food groups and their importance. I also learned that I wasn't the only one suffering from this somewhat silent disease. Now it's been 32 days since my release and I have gained 21 lbs. Although I still battle body image issues, I am in slow recovery and have a wonderful family and boyfriend to help me through this trying time. I encourage all of you interested in this book and the disease to study up on it. Help out anyone you know that may be suffering and/or in denial. Also, it's important to become familiar with ANAD and write congress about assistance in healthcare. Like the book states, so many of us can't get the treatment we need due to the lack of insurance and/or coverage. I also discovered this while at Ridgeview when my insurance changed. I had to leave for no proof of insurance or prepay at $572 per day as an outpatient or $1300 per day inpatient. It took me a month to get proof of insurance. Then, I discovered that only 50% would be covered until I spent $4,000 out of pocket. Also, if I should relapse, my new insurance company would only approve 2 inpatient visits per lifetime! Yes, lifetime. Since this was my second inpatient experience within 9 months, I would be afraid to know what would happen to me if this had been another repeat visit without insurance. Most likely, I would never had seeked assistance and God only knows where I'd be today. This book was an eye opener for me and I highly recommend it to anyone suffering from this or just to educate themself with astonishing disease. Great job Tracey! You helped me get the strength to start my recovery without feeling ashamed or embarrassed. I'm a stronger person today because of this book. Mary
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was wonderfully informative - great, great job of writing, Tracey! I have a friend who has anorexia and now, after reading this book, I think I have a much better understanding of what she is going through. Before reading this I was clueless. Thanks Tracey, and I wish you all the very best life has to offer!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Room to Grow, after much anticipation, and I was not disappointed. I really felt Tracey's pain, and why shouldn't I have, I have suffered with anorexia/ bulimia, for 5 years. The struggle almost cost me my family, friends, and my life. Although it is still an everyday struggle, it helps when you hear the story of a person like Tracey who is so extremely well loved. It made me really realize I am not alone.........
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hi, my name is Anji and I am 17 years old. I just finished reading "Room to Grow" by Tracey Gold and I have to say that this was one of the best books I have ever read! I say this because I have gone through my own struggles with Anorexia and after reading this book I was so glad to see that someone could put into words everything I was feeling- thus the reason why I say this book was such a fullfillment to me! I think Tracey Gold is such an amazing woman for being brave enough to write a public journal about her battles with Anorexia, I mean so many people are going to judge her and some are going to be brutal. I thought her book was so amazing, thank-you Tracey Gold for sharing your story with the with me (a sufferer of Anorexia), other's who have gone through eating disorders, and most importantly the whole world! Thank-you for letting me be a part of your journey to hell and back because hopefully from reading your story I will be able to fight my own trials and tribulations when it comes to Anorexia and more importantly so will many others- for the whole world shall be able to benefit from your personal, heroic journey!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Growing up in the "Growing Pains" era I followed Tracey's disorder very closely. You read so many interviews and watch her on television talking about her struggles, but it was neat to finally read, in her words, the factual accounts of her anorexia bat. Everything gets so blurred in the media today, and it's refreshing to know that this actress took time to reach out and try to help others with her story. Good book and I highly reccomend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After struggling with an eating disorder myself, I identified with Tracey's book a lot. I was in the same hospital as she, and it was really neat hearing someone elses stories and opinions on everything. I reccomend this book to everyone who enjoys reading in this genre. peace*
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was one of my favorites so far on this subject. it was really interesting to hear an actress like her talking about her eating disorder. i defnitly reccomend this book to people who like reading this topic.