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