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Tracey Gold , Julie McCarron

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Informative - Not Looking For Sympathy but to Reach Others 28. Juli 2003
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by Truc Doan, age 15, Teen Editor
This book is about an actress who had an eating disorder known as anorexia nervosa. Does this sound familiar? Before beginning to read this book, I looked at the inside cover and immediately believed I was going to endure a literate, extended version of 'Behind the Music' (only without the music, drugs, or groupies). Well, everyone knows that they say about judging books by their cover, right? Room to Grow by Tracey Gold is about her life and her battle with anorexia, but if you're looking for preachy, 'look-at-poor-beautiful-me,' tear glistening in eye cripe, then you won't find it here.
Room to Grow uses fairly simple language to show the development of a problem, the recognition and the conquering of it. Throughout the book, one accepts that acting was simply something Gold did. It didn't define her and it wasn't the cause of her anorexia. Like most little girls, Gold had grown up wanting to please and (with a little help from movies and books) began to believe that if she was skinnier, it would be better. The book itself is not so much autobiographical as it is informative. Gold's life acts simply as a backdrop to the main topic, a disease that kills.
Gold isn't asking for sympathy. She explains this in the first chapter. She just wants to know that somebody read this and it helped them to better understand the disease and to seek help if they have it. Well, I read it and I commend her for caring enough to write it. ...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Amazing! 29. Januar 2003
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This book is more than just Tracey Gold's battle with anorexia. It is also about her childhood and her life beyond her disease. It is sweet, sad, funny, and heart-breaking all at once. It's a short read that leaves you wanting more. It sets itself apart from other books dealing with anorexia and eating disorders in that it does not glorify the disease. The best part of the book is her recovery and how she realizes that, as a mother, she no longer can live for only herself and must learn to overcome anorexia to fully be present enough to nurture her children. Excellent read and very warm and conversational tone to the book!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A reason to hope.... 26. Januar 2003
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I highly recommend this book for anyone who is struggling with eating disorders and for parents of adolescents with anorexia also. I applaud Tracey for her honesty, as I am sure that there are several other actresses in Hollywood who have anorexia and/or bulimia, and young girls see them on television and wish they could be so "thin and beautiful"....but these are the ones who don't admit that they have a problem.
Tracey's story has been an inspiration to me in a highly personal way. I grew up watching "Growing Pains" and loved the show. Tracey and I look a lot alike....especially when she was (sadly) at her thinnest...we have a very similar facial/bone structure. So I always watched to see if she could overcome this disorder....because if she could, then certainly somehow I could too. I always felt some kind of closeness to her and the whole situation.
Unfortunately I am still struggling after 15 years with the beast of anorexia....but Tracey and her story is truly an inspiration. And I hope that everyone who reads this book will see that they too can overcome....and that parents/loved ones can learn how to love the person through the disorder.
Blessings Tracey ~ you are awesome and you're beautiful!
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Save Your Money 2. Februar 2003
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As a recovering anorexic myself, I did not find this book to be worth the paper it was printed on. I read it in less than an hour in the bookstore (thank goodness I didn't waste my hard-earned money on it). The writing itself was boring and dry (Tracey should stick to acting). The content left more than just a bit to be desired. Tracey had a negative experience in a treatment center/hospital setting. Unfortunately, she goes on to make blanket statements about how ALL eating disorder support groups and treatment centers are just breeding grounds for anorexics and bulimics to get worse (by learning "tips" of the trade, so to speak). My turning point into recovery came in an eating disorder treatment center. Without it I would have died. Furthermore, I have maintained my recovery (and have continued to recover beyond the restored weight and cessation of anorexic behaviors) through twelve-step and other support groups. I know many others who could say the same. To steer people away from that kind of help just because SHE had a negative experience is dangerous--especially because she was/is a celebrity and will be looked to as having all the answers. Also, comments such as (paraphrase) "Ensure has, like, a million calories" has no place in a book like this. Ensure is a helpful supplement to many anorexics . . . reading something like this only confirms their disordered thinking that Ensure is evil and will make them fat. Finally, it really sounds like Tracey has a LONG way to go in the thoughts/thinking department of recovery. She still makes a lot of anorexic comments at the end of her book where she is supposedly in recovery. There is a BIG difference between being recovered from the behaviors and low weight and being fully recovered in mind, body, and spirit. I do not claim to be the latter--that is why I say I am in recovery. I have maintained a healthy weight and not engaged in anorexic behavior for many years (more than Tracey) now, yet I still think in terms of "good" and "bad" foods, etc. That is not recoverED. The book is printed in large print on about 1/2 normal size paper. It is not a compelling read. Of course, as with most books on eating disorders, I am sure that those with eating disorders will buy it in hopes of one of two things: 1)find the magic answer that will cure them; 2)learn how to be a better anorexic/bulimic. I doubt any will find any true words of wisdom that will put them on to the path of recovery though . . .
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1.0 von 5 Sternen what was tracey thinking? 2. Juli 2008
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As a sufferer of an eating disorder myself, I have come to admire Tracey Gold and her recovery from anorexia, and always like to watch her share her triumph over anorexia on TV specials, so I was beyond thrilled when I realized that she had a book out. But frankly, the book is not what I expected it to be, and is disappointing in a number of ways.

Tracey makes a big deal at the beginning of the book about how this book would in NO way be a how-to guide for other girls to learn how to be anorexic, but too bad she didn't practice what she preached.

At one point, she talks about a book on anorexia called "the best little girl in the world" and goes on to say how the book practically became her bible and she read it frequently and carried it around with her everywhere. Now, for anyone who hasn't yet read that particular book, let me tell you that the book is less an anti-eating disorder book, and more of a pro-ana type of book, because the character in the book is basically the perfect anorexic, and the author seems to glorify her for it. So anyway, for all of Traceys talk about not wanting her book to be a how-to guide, I really don't understand what she was thinking when she chose to talk about "the best little girl in the world" one of the biggest trigger books out there, and then go so far as to talk about how it was her bible and such. If she really felt it was necessary to talk about the book, I think she could have atleast disincluded the title of the book.

Another thing, Tracey spends more time talking about how she developed anorexia, and what steps led into her anorexia, and less time describing her recovery from it. She reveals nothing about what went on during her therapy sessions with dr. Strober, and talks more about her "eating days" and "non eating days" and even goes so far as to say that she refused to drink cough syrup when she was sick because it was during her "non-eating" days. She also describes the things she would eat and how she would over cook her food for so long that she no longer had any desire to eat it.

And then as many of you pointed out, there was the "ensure is a supplement that has like, a million calories" (or something along those lines) remark. Um, okay? Was that really necessary to put in there?

And then as many of you said, I didn't like the way she completely wrote off treatment centers, in a very arrogant manner may I add. True, her experience in that particular treatment didn't seem too pleasant, but so what? She tries ONE place, and that automatically means that non of them are competent in the treatment of eating disorders? Now I've never been to a treatment center myself, but I know from hearing about other peoples experiences that in-patient treatment can be life saving. And just because a place isn't effective for one person, doesn't mean that it won't work for another. It all just depends on the person really. I could have understood Traceys opinion a little better if she had atleast tried several places and not just one. And another thing, not everybody has the luxury of being able to afford entering and walking away from treatment whenever they please.

I mean honestly, how is this book in any way inspirational? I mean don't get me wrong, I'm still a big fan of Tracey and having an eating disorder myself, I can understand where its practically impossible to write a book on anorexia without revealing details that may be triggering to others, but like I said, there were many uneccessary details in her book that could have most certainly been left out.

in my opinion, I think she should write another book, one that focuses more on the details of her recovery, rather than the details of her anorexic behaviors
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