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  • Aimee Liu is the author of GAINING: THE TRUTH ABOUT LIFE AFTER EATING DISORDERS (Warner Books, February, 2007), as well as three novels. GAINING draws on her own struggles with anorexia as well as interviews with more than forty other men and women with histories of anorexia and bulimia.

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    Restoring Our Bodies, Reclaiming Our Lives:
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    Author Aimee Liu has woven together dozens of first-person accounts of recovery to create a break-through roadmap for healing from an eating disorder... read more.


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    Decades after her initial recovery from anorexia and the publication of her first book, Solitaire, Liu had a relapse, which set her on a new course of self-discovery, read more.

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February 27, 2010


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I was severely anorectic from age 12 to age 18. In my case, it was at least partly about control -- my need to assert myself vis-a-vis a very controlling mother. Not eating was the only way I knew of defying her. She couldn't *make* me eat -- I had too many tricks (like smooshing the food under my plate and then surreptitiously feeding it to the dog).

Yes, I felt completely powerless and out of control in my chaotic, dysfunctional family, but that was because my mom was a control freak. (She was a very loving mother, by the way, and she had no earthly clue that she was a control freak.) So, IOW, I was trying to assert control vs. a pathological controller.

Grand irony: For the past 10 years, I've been direct-reporting to a control-freak boss who is a thousand times more controlling than my mom could ever hope to be. It's a wonder I haven't gone completely off the deep end. Or re-developed anorexia! ;)

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