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Diary of an Exercise Addict Hardcover – November 5, 2008
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Personal trainer Friedman courageously takes on the life-threatening illness of eating disorders and exercise addiction. After a traumatic breakup with her longtime boyfriend, she went into a tailspin, finding control by restricting her caloric intake and exercising compulsively. Assisted by a supportive family and years of therapy, Friedman prevails. This book would be ideal for teenage and young adult women aiming to beat exercise bulimia.—Lynne Maxwell
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"Peach Friedman’s chronicle of a life with exercise bulimia is the most detailed and honest example of how this disease can enter and take over your life. She exposes every aspect of the emotional, physical, and mental effects this disorder can have on an individual, and with her candidness, I know she can help so many others out there in the world who suffer from this eating disorder." ―Jamie-Lynn Sigler, actress and author of Wise Girl
“Whether or not you have ever struggled with an eating disorder, you will relate to Peach Friedman’s Diary of an Exercise Addict. Not only will you find this book accessible and useful but so captivating that you won’t want to put it down. You must read this book!” ―Jenni Schaefer, author of Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too
"A very candid look into the world of exercise bulimia--both the daily struggle with body image and the joy of finding recovery. Through her courage to share personal and intimate details of her life, Peach Friedman shows readers how eating disorders profoundly affect every aspect of a person's life." ―Tony Paulson, Ph.D., Executive Director of Summit Eating Disorders & Outreach Program, author of Why She Feels Fat: Understanding Your Loved One’s Eating Disorder and How You Can Help
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Reading this book was heartbreaking. Peach is brutally honest, describing exactly what went through her mind, and it's almost as if you can feel the suffering in her words. It was definitely something I could relate to. This was not a book I could easily put down.
I recommend this book to any young woman, to open their eyes to see the awful truths behind eating disorders, and the damage it causes. To make them see that it's not a simple on/off switch, that it doesn't just stop when you reach 100, 90, 80 pounds. It's the most destructive of psychological disorders for a reason.
As a young woman myself, I have suffered from disordered thoughts. Reading this book has definitely helped me realize that destroying myself is not in the least bit worth it. We all need to learn to love ourselves and our bodies, and Peach's words have helped me to get started.
I apologize for the poor writing in this review, but those are my thoughts on the book. I highly recommend reading it.
Peach relates the development of her eating disorder, from anorexia to exercise bulimia, and her recovery from it without trying to hide the enormous physical, mental and emotional pain that she had to push through, yet she never loses a sense of hope. This book is inspiring for those also recovering from eating disorders of any form, for men or for women, and for any age. It is also a must-read for family and friends of sufferers because Peach, with the knowledge she now has in hindsight, having gone back to the "other side," is so clearly able to explain her experience from an outsider's perspective that is honest and sympathetic but that isn't scary. So often family and friends are scared and desperate to help without knowing how to approach the subject. Her appreciation for her own friends and family, especially for her mother and dietician, illustrates a great example for others who want to support someone in recovery.
I applaud her in her mission to bring attention to exercise bulimia and the dangers associated with it. It can be hard to define and recognize and because exercise is so glorified in our culture, it is especially hard to recover from. It is a legitimate disorder that needs to be taken more seriously. We need to remove this culture of thinking that less food and more exercise is always good. Peach sets a new definition for what 'fitness' really is.
In some ways I'll admit I was disappointed when I finished the book. First of all, I think I was looking for answers. While I didn't expect it to be a self-help book, I might have subconsciously been hoping to be able to put the book down and immediately leap forward into recovery without ever looking back because of some new fact or story I might have learned. This is not the case, and Peach is clear: recovery is about taking one step forward, two steps back, but getting there in the end. And that's okay. She reminds us that it's okay -- and, in fact, necessary -- to go at one's own pace (with gentle, and okay, sometimes not-so-gentle nudging from family and friends).
The second reason I was disappointed when I reached the last page is because Peach's story is so clearly not over yet. Yes, she's fully recovered, but she will have so much more to offer. As she continues to grow herself, and as she trains her clients and speaks out about eating disorders, she will have so much more to say. I can't wait for more of her beautiful writing!
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