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Slim to None : A Journey Through the Wasteland of Anorexia Treatment
Slim to None A Journey Through the Wasteland of Anorexia Treatment Author:Jennifer Hendricks A young woman's fatal battle with anorexia, in her own words In the tradition of Go Ask Alice, Prozac Nation, and Girl Interrupted, Slim to None grants readers precious access to the emotional and psychological underpinnings of its author. Step-by-step, readers follow Jenny's long journey through a "wasteland" of fai... more »led treatments and therapies, false hope, and abuse by the mental health system that kept her captive most of her life. Although this disease has been at the forefront of public awareness for years, anorexia continues to claim more victims than any other mental illness. Slim to None reveals the glaring inadequacy of the mental health system to treat and fully understand this disease. The first journal of an anorexic to be published posthumously, the book discloses the innermost thoughts, fears, and hopes of a young girl stricken and fighting to recover. Jenny Hendricks painstakingly recorded her experiences as she suffered from and eventually succumbed to this eating disorder. With candor, she recounts being shipped from one doctor to another and subjected to widely varying treatments--all of which ultimately proved unsuccessful. Her father, Gordon Hendricks, fills in this compelling narrative with his own memories of his daughter's struggle.« less
I usually enjoy true health stories, but this book was something else. First of all, it is NOT written by Jennifer Hendricks. It is written by her father who uses her journals and he writes things from "her perspective". Ultimately he is a sick man who is still continuing his twisted relationship with his dead daughter by writing this book. Also I found myself disliking the main "character" Jennifer intensely. Her medical care cost her insurance company more than a million dollars this alone is stomach turning. The way she is presented in the book is as a master manipulator, self-centered, spoiled brat. About 2/3 of the way through the book I was like enough die already! Maybe others will feel differently but my overall impression was that her father enabled her to the grave.