Slim to None : A Journey through the Wasteland of Anorexia Treatment / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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- McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
"[Jennifer Hendricks] ... fought to be cured of anorexia nervosa. But as the diary she kept shows, a widespread lack of understanding about eating disorders and scattergun treatment programs make the battle almost insurmountable . . . a sorrow to read."
The New York Times
"Patients' voices can all too easily be forgotten in the world of mental health care, but Jenny's voice rings strong. Through this earnest and captivating exposure, her father succeeds in keeping her story alive."
David B. Herzog, M.D., president and founder of the Harvard Eating Disorders Center
|Publisher:||McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Jennifer Hendricks was the valedictorian of her high school class but spent most of her last five years confined in hospitals. She weighed just 45 pounds when she died at age 25.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book was an OK read. It was very slow and frustrating (part of it was that the story was designed to be frustrating and the other part was that it was somewhat poorly edited). I realize that Jenny's father wanted to keep it as true to the original journal as possible, but a lot of it was speculation and poorly researched. Not enough credit is given to often successful eating disorder treatment and I did feel as though Jenny's father coddled his daughter until her death. This book is trying to push blame on failed eating disorder cases on the mental health industry. I'm not saying MH treatment is perfect in any way, however this book just tries to point fingers and blame others for the family's shortcomings. Jenny was a courageous girl, but ultimately her family killed her. Also, there were accusations of satanic abuse in this book. That was a red flag to me that much of it was propaganda (perhaps memories implanted by Weintraub?) as no cases of satanic abuse none of which have ever been proven true and most "survivors" later recanted their stories and/or identified them as false memories. I suppose just read it for yourself and decide. Rather long book and mostly a waste of time.
A very honest, heartbreaking biography about a woman with enormous talent and potential. This book portrays how a total lack of understanding when treating eating disorders kills. An important book today for treatment centres that do not help the problem. Slim to None will no doubt both touch and scorche your heart. The person with so much potential was never seperated from her condition. You will not forget the name Jennifer Hendricks. Her story is much more than a good read. It will save lives.
This was a good book, and I would recommend it to read. I rated it three stars because some of the book was difficult to understand. This book could also be very triggering to some of those who are recovering/recovered from this disease. All in all, a good book.
Always on the quest for that one book that will miraculously move me toward recovery, I picked up 'Slim to None' at Barnes and Noble last night. I have less than 50 of its 300+ pages left to read. Captivating and intimate, the journal entries of this young woman put into writing what I have long written in my own journals... the sense that we don't belong in this world, that we have an inability to navigate it's twists and turns the way other human beings do. That death is a welcome friend when viewed against the life of pain and confusion that must be waiting for us. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone working with young women who struggle with this disease. While we are all uniquely individual, I think there are ways that we are also very much the same. There are lessons to be learned in these pages.