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  • Copyright: 2008-01-02
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Nearly three decades after she detailed her first battle with an eating disorder in Solitaire, Aimee Liu returns with a powerful and poignant investigation into the true causes and consequences of anorexia and bulimia nervosa. Much more than a memoir, GAINING draws on cutting-edge research and the vividly told stories of over forty interview subjects to shatter commonly held beliefs. Liu reveals that the tendency to develop an eating disorder has little to do with age, culture, class-or weight. Genetics, however, play a key role. So do temperament, anxiety, depression, and shame.

Author Biography

Aimee Liu is the author of a groundbreaking account of anorexia nervosa, Solitaire. She has also written three highly acclaimed novels, Flash House, Cloud Mountain and Face. Liu is the former president of PEN West, and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son.

Table of Contents

Author's Notep. xi
Introduction: To Gain Is Goodp. xiii
Know Thyself: Temperamental Truths
Connecting the Dots: A Genetic Linkp. 3
Portrait of a Hunger Artist: The Face of Fearp. 24
The Laws of Perfection: Obsession and Compulsionp. 40
Wanting for Nothing: Avoidancep. 67
Good Bad Girls: Shamep. 90
The Physics of Normalcy: Personal Relationship
A Certain Self: Identity and Independencep. 115
Terms of Endearment: Family Dynamicsp. 139
Growing Children: Parenthoodp. 163
Love and Other Terrors: Honor and Intimacyp. 184
A Wider World: Consumer Society and Body Image
Consuming Passions: Competing for Healthp. 211
The Wisdom of Age: Maturity in a Youth Culturep. 228
Gaining Power: Becoming Agents for Changep. 247
Acknowledgmentsp. 261
Resources for Information and Activismp. 265
Suggestions for Parentsp. 270
Selected Bibliographyp. 273
Indexp. 283
Reading Group Guidep. 291
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