Famished: Eating Disorders And Failed Care In America

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  • Publish Date: 2019-11-19
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: Rebecca J. Lester

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When Rebecca Lester was eleven years oldand again when she was eighteenshe almost died from anorexia nervosa. Now both a tenured professor in anthropology and a licensedsocial worker, she turns herethnographicandclinicalgaze to the world of eating disorderstheir history, diagnosis, lived realities, treatment, and place in the American cultural imagination.

Famishedis the culmination of over two decades of anthropological andclinicalworkas well as a lifetime of lived experiencethat presents a profound rethinking of eating disorders and how to treat them. Through a mix ofrich culturalanalysis, detailedtherapeuticaccounts, and raw autobiographical reflections, Famishedhelps make sense of why people develop eating disorders, what the process of recovery is like, and why treatments so often fail. Its also an unsparing condemnation of the tension between profit and care in the American healthcare scheme, demonstrating how a system set up to treat a disease may, in fact, perpetuate it. Fierce and vulnerable, critical and hopeful,Famishedwill forever change the way you understand eating disorders and the people who suffer with them.


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