Part I - The Alliance of Eating Disorder Awareness: Yes, You Can Recover

Recently, taking advantage of being in south Florida to visit my father (I live in London), I contacted the Alliance of Eating Disorder Awareness and was delighted to meet Johanna Kandel, CEO and Founder, and Sharon Glynn, Director of Programming.

“You can recover, and we will do all we can to help you” is their powerful message.

I asked Johanna what led to her founding the Alliance in 2000 (on a shoe string budget). She told me she was eager to do something “hands on – not just learn about it”. And so, in her early twenties, she set out on a mission to aid her own recovery and educate others.

The Alliance has an impressive track record. They state on their website that they are:

… dedicated to providing programs and activities aimed at outreach and education related to health promotion, including all eating disorders, positive body image, and self-esteem….(it) offers educational presentations, support groups for those struggling and for their family and friends, advocacy for mental health legislation, toll-free national phone help line, as well as referrals, training, support and mentoring services all free of charge. Since its inception, The Alliance has offered presentations…to more than 200,000 individuals throughout the United States, including in-office learning forums for all health care professionals.

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Everyone who works with these issues knows how essential awareness is, and on February 28th the Alliance successfully held it’s 4th Annual “celebrating everyBODY: A walk for eating disorder awareness”. Eating disorder ‘champion’ Congressman Ted Deutch supported and over 800 walkers participated.

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“Brave Girl Eating: A Family’s Struggle with Anorexia” by Harriet Brown


There are good, bad and ugly books, each contributing their individual experience of the eating disorder which is anorexia nervosa.

I’m looking forward to reviewing many of these, and also to presenting your opinions of books which impact the weight debate.

(Have a book you’ve already reviewed? Why not give it another outing on this page – I’d love to hear from you, so do get in touch!)

As one size doesn’t fit all, then surely one book on anorexia doesn’t suit us all. To paraphrase Tolstoy, all happy families are alike, but every family’s experience of anorexia is different.

This is why we need all these books. Because we have so much to learn.Brave Girl Eating amazon

Brave Girl Eating, written in 2010 by Harriet Brown, author, and professor of magazine journalism at Syracuse University in New York state, has much to offer. Brown is also a science journalist whose work has featured in the New York Times Science section and other publications.

Some reviews and comments were rather divided, which I would expect given the strength of feeling when dealing with eating disorders and treatment options.

According to Amazon:

“In BRAVE GIRL EATING Harriet Brown describes how her family, with the support of an open-minded pediatrician and a therapist, helped her daughter recover from anorexia using a family-based treatment developed at the Maudsley Hospital in London. Chronicling her daughter Kitty’s illness from the earliest warning signs, through its terrifying progression, and on toward recovery, Brown takes us on one family’s journey into the world …continue reading “Brave Girl Eating: A Family’s Struggle with Anorexia” by Harriet Brown