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Diary of an Exercise Addictby Peach Friedman
Synopses & Reviews
As a young Southern woman in her senior year of college, Peach Friedman set out to beat the blues—and a break-up with her boyfriend—by beating herself into shape. Running ten miles a day and taking in as little as 800 calories, she forbade herself from indulging in the sensual pleasure of food and worked her body to exhaustion to avoid dealing with her emotional pain.
She fell from 146 to 100 pounds in three months.
Friedman suffered from exercise bulimia—a compulsion to purge calories through excessive exercise, and a rapidly growing eating disorder that affects some 400,000 American women. Having lost all memory of the sexy, curvaceous woman she once knew, Friedman found herself at serious risk of cardiac arrest.
In Diary of an Exercise Addict, Friedman chronicles her harrowing six-year ordeal—from her gradual descent into a life-threatening eating disorder to her remarkable recovery, and the setbacks and challenges she encountered along the way. With refreshing candor, she unveils her intimate relationships with family, friends, and lovers, as well as the repressed desire that finally finds its way to the surface as she finds her own way back to health. In this raw and illuminating narrative, Friedman does not shy away from recounting the most painful details about her body, her sex life, and her family, as well as her darkest, most terrifying thoughts.
In a culture obsessed with weight management and fitness, this extraordinary memoir exposes the very real dangers of pushing your body too hard, while showing how one womans courage and determination helped her to eventually wind her way back to a full recovery. A book about accepting yourself—and your body—and embracing your true identity, Diary of an Exercise Addict will comfort, inspire, and captivate.
"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, Friedman shows readers how eating disorders profoundly affect every aspect of a person's life."--Tony Paulson, Ph.D.
Friedman suffered from exercise bulimia—a compulsion to purge calories through excessive exercise, and a rapidly growing eating disorder that affects some 400,000 American women.
In Diary of an Exercise Addict Friedman recounts her descent into a life-threatening illness, her remarkable recovery, and the setbacks along the way. With refreshing candor she lays bare her relationships with family, friends, and lovers and the repressed desire that finally surfaced as she found her own way back to health.
An extraordinary narrative about one womans battle with exercise bulimia
Advance praise for Diary of an Exercise Addict
Peach Friedmans 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, author of Wise Girl
Not only will you find this book accessible and useful but so captivating that you wont want to put it down.”
—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.”
—Tony Paulson, Ph.D., Executive Director of Summit Eating Disorders & Outreach Program, author of Why She Feels Fat: Understanding Your Loved Ones Eating Disorder and How You Can Help
Peach Friedman writes with ruthless honesty and a poets grace about an addiction that is all too common in our fitness-crazed society . . . it will give hope to the many whose compulsion to over-exercise prevents them form leading full and healthy lives.”
—Aimee Liu, author of Gaining: The Truth About Life After Eating Disorders
About the Author
Peach Friedman, a spokesperson for the National Eating Disorders Association, is a personal fitness trainer who works with people recovering from eating disorders. She has been featured in People Magazine, has interviewed with Barbara Walters on ABCs The View, and has appeared on 20/20 and E! True Hollywood Story. She lives in Sacramento, California.
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