About Aimee

  • 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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    Gaining
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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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June 07, 2011

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Wu Ming

I'm not surprised at all. I've always thought it was mostly biological, not psychological (except in that many "psychological" problems are caused by biology). The epidemiological evidence seemed to go in that direction.

Are you really surprised, Aimee? It's been obvious for at least two generations that much of our personality and even personal quirks are determined by physical things in our bodies. Separated-twin studies show that your genes determine more of your personality than your environment does. Separated biological siblings become adults who are more alike than non-biological siblings raised in the same family. A lot of things like anorexia, bulimia, cutting, alcoholism, etc. seem to be genetic predispositions that can be set off by certain circumstances or environments.

To me the most surprising thing about this is that you would be surprised. I'd like to hear more about why you are.

Stephanie

Fascinating, Aimee. This fits with my experience and explains why the re-feeding process is like hell. For me, re-feeding and gaining weight went against everything my body and stomach hungers were telling me. In my mind, I did not think I was fat. In fact, I could see I was thin, but it was the absence of physical hunger that made me hate reaching that healthy weight. I felt better physically doing it my way.

Ron Saxen

Aimee,

Makes sense to me. I would not at all be suprised to discover that 'part' of the battle with BED (what I suffered from) also has do with our own bodies.

Good stuff. Thanks.

Ron, Author of The Good Eater

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