I haven't tasted chocolate for over ten years and now I'm walking down the street unwrapping a Kit Kat. Remember when Kate Moss said, 'Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels'? She's wrong: chocolate does.
At the age of 32, after ten years of hiding from the truth, Emma Woolf finally decided it was time to face the biggest challenge of her life. Addicted to hunger, exercise and control, she was juggling a full-blown eating disorder with a successful career, functioning on an apple a day. Having met the man of her dreams (and wanting a future and a baby together), she embarked on the hardest struggle of all: to beat anorexia. It was time to start eating again, to regain her fertility and her curves, to throw out the size-zero clothes and face her food fears. And, as if that wasn’t enough pressure, Emma took the decision to write about her progress in a weekly column for The Times.
Honest, hard hitting and yet romantic, An Apple a Day is a manifesto for the modern generation to stop starving and start living. This compelling, life-affirming true story is essential reading for anyone affected by eating disorders (whether as a sufferer or carer), anyone interested in health and social issues – and for medical and health professionals.
©2012 Emma Woolf (P)2012 Audible Ltd
How honest the author is. I enjoyed her voice as well, though it does have a "sticky" quality that grates after a while.
Biting Anorexia - they are both candid diary type stories about the struggle back to health.
When she was describing her own fascination with Posh spice. Who wouldn't identify with her thoughts on the glamorous supermom persona Posh has adopted. Also, how she describes her and Tom's trip across the western states of the US. To see America from the point of view of an an eating disordered English woman was interesting.
It is obvious from the author's point of view that she was still firmly in the grips of anorexia while writing this. Some of her interpretations of situations or other people's advise show a deep need to hang on to her disease. I came to really root for her though, and will surely listen to it again.
The book is blah. The author is a columnist for some UK newspaper. She is related to Virginia Woolf, which she continually alludes to, and I think is trying to make you believe that writing talent is hereditary. Newsflash: it isn't.
The book focuses primarily on Emma's desire to have a baby. In order to do so, she must gain enough weight, but she just whines about having to eat, and her infinitely patient boyfriend who takes her to fancy hotels every weekend. I did not feel much of anything, and when I realized I had gotten practically to the end without any character arc or development, just more whining, I quit.
I am an eating disorder therapist who has heard and read multiple accounts of people suffering with eating disorders. This is certainly my favorite and will be my go to when helping parents understand their child's eating disorder, and helping the anorexic verbalized their struggle. Loved this book.
I didn't read the print, but did find it refreshing to have it read by the actual author.
Having the points in the story where I knew just what certain feelings felt like or just how the brain works when having a ED.
The Idea of not being able to just have a baby because of an illness that needs to be fixed was moving. Luckily for myself I never had issues with getting pregnant, or not able to because of my on and off ED issues.
I suppose I wanted to listen to this audiobook out of a morbid curiosity, having never really known anyone with an eating disorder beyond the teenage dalliances with not eating that, in every case I've known at least, fizzle out. This book confirmed what I knew already, that its not about appearance but about control. A bit repetitive in places, but very interesting and both explains and yet gets across that its never possible for someone without an eating disorder to fully understand the motivation of a sufferer.
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