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Thin Critically acclaimed for Girl Culture and Fast Forward Lauren Greenfield continues her exploration of contemporary female culture with Thin a groundbreaking book about eating disorders Greenfield's photographs are paired with extensive interviews and journal entries from twenty girls and women who are suffering from various afflictions We meet 15 year old Brittany who is convinced that being thin is the only way to gain acceptance among her peers; Alisa a divorced mother of two whose hatred of her body is manifested in her relentless compulsion to purge; Shelly who has been battling anorexia for six years and has had a feeding tube surgically implanted in her stomach; as well as many others Alongside these personal stories are essays on the sociology and science of eating disorders by renowned researchers Joan Jacobs Brumberg Dr David Herzog and Dr Michael Strober These intimate photographs frank voices and thoughtful discussions combine to make Thin not only the first book of its kind but also a portrait of profound understanding I think that this book would really appeal to teenage girls seeing as anorexia and body image are such common problems with this age group The pictures are gripping and the way in which the story is told through first person accounts of anorexic girls and their journal entries is not only believable but also very powerful The book is a uick read I read it all in one evening and I think it would also appeal to a reluctant reader; the images definitely help to break up the textThe book address self confidence coming to terms with your own body image and maturing Many of the women in the book are anorexic because of abusive relationships or sexual encounters in their past I think it takes someone with a strong stomach to deal with the content of the book but that the message is powerful So many young women today need to be told that they don't have to look like the stick figure women in popular media to be healthy and attractive The book is definitely credible As I mentioned earlier the entire story is told through journal entries photos and first person accounts of the ladies own battles with anorexia While many of their thought processes are difficult to believe anorexia is a mental disorder it is impossible not to find their voices authentic I would promote this book to teenage girls I don't know that boys would be very interested in it by showing them a number of pictures The images themselves are very gripping and I think that many might want to read the book for that reason alone I think that this non fiction account could also be linked to a similar fiction novel like Laurie Halse Anderson's newly published Wintergirls 4 4P S Tidier probably lengthy review to come But it's importantWorth reading but has its issues though they don't come from the book itself so much as its implications In short and this goes for both the documentary and accompanying bookPositive Great photography great concept gives a voice to women who may not have been given one otherwise Enlightening to those who may not be aware of these disorders and what they are like though not as enlightening as it should've beenNegative Unintentionally highlights the many glaring issues with the mental healthcare system while presenting them like they are good things Several of the people mentioned in the docbook seem like they were not helped at all and the center treated them like prisoners than patients an ongoing problem in American mental healthcare since its beginningsGeneral 35 Thin is a conflicting book for me A photographic essay set at the Renfrew Centre and curated by Lauren Greenfield presents a series of trauma narratives intended to highlight how eating disorders do not discriminate Much has been made of the access Greenfield was afforded to the lives of patients and the trust she earned Excerpts from journals were selected as were some collages but it really should be noted these were carefully selected to present a specific narrative designed by Greenfield and therein lies the problemAlthough Greenfield is successful in presenting a range of people in race and age the defining narrative plays into already established beliefs and stereotypes of eating disorders it was about fat Also problematic is the inclusion of lowest weights daily caloric intakes weight loss methods and extreme exercise programs The access Greenfield was afforded to both patients and experts would have made her aware of the triggering nature of this information especially when presented with visual representation of the people in uestion Language and text married together forms a powerful narrative for those susceptible to disordered eating or already with an eating disorder This book would knowingly exacerbate the competitive nature of the disease if the reader was already sufferingIt's hard for me to say who this book would benefit For those of us in academia who have read memoirs trauma narratives and theory late into the night until we fell asleep it offers nothing new other than images alongside the origin stories Families and friends have already seen people they care about lie about food and suffer Those of us who suffer have seen all of this and in the annals of eating disorder communities all across the internet in recovery groups in hospital Perhaps this book is aimed towards those who have had the luck to never encounter an eating disorder unless it was splashed across the cover of US Weekly or the rumour of that girl in school Although Greenfield states her intended audience her intention doesn't seem to match the finished productIf anything Greenfield was successful in illustrating the difficulty in recovering In following some of the patients she is able to demonstrate how difficult recovery is outside of a hospital setting where one has to juggle the needs of real life with the voice and influence of an eating disorder The people in this book are chronic and many have been struggling for several years It also highlights inefficiencies and ineuities of eating disorder treatment yet offering solutions and posing uestions falls outside the scope of this studyWhere Greenfield is most successful is in giving the Eating Disorder another platform to speak Although Eating Disorders are secretive they also crave attention The they are fed the powerful they are Much has been made of the communal nature of ED's especially in narratives such as how to disappear completely Wasted and Empty Thin depicts this flawlesslyI would 100% not recommend this to any person who is in recovery; has an Eating Disorder; or has a history of disordered eating practices If you do and need to read this for research please make your treatment team aware Grade BTHIN is a photo essay coffee table book profiling twenty girls from are free Coral Gables a world renowned eating disorder clinic The teens and women profiled through photographs interviews and journal entries tell their struggles with varying degrees of insight and in different stages of the recovery process Four of the women all who have relapsed also report after they've left treatment Three doctors are also interviewedI first saw the 2004 HBO documentary THIN and decided to check out the book Photographerwriter Lauren Greenfield captured the essence of these women and their eyes illustrated their pain than their words Interviewees can lie writers can spin but eyes are the mirrors of truthI wish the book published in 2006 had update because I was curious as to how all the participants were doing a decade after their treatment Really powerful and devastating book that explores Eating Disorders and the girls suffering from them It follows four main girls but also tells the stories of many many other women being treated at Renfrew an inpatient treatment centre for people with eating disorders It's a tough book that doesn't gloss over any of the horrors of suffering from an eating disorder but it has heart and really explains the mindset of someone suffering from an ED The photographs were amazing and the personal stories powerful I think the thing I found most upsetting was that so many of the women were forced to leave treatment before they were ready because insurance wouldn't cover their expenses and the cost for treatment was around 1200 a day according the book It breaks my heart knowing that these women want and need the help but cannot get it because they can't afford it It's tragic The relationship between food emotions and women's bodies my goodness I didn't intend to be in the library for than fifteen minutes but the cover of this book grabbed my attention and soon enough I was planted at a desk completely engrossed in the photos and stories Some of the photos are uite disturbing but the nature of how anorexia and bulimia take control of one's mind and body is such a complicated and widespread matter that it merits such honest documentation To make the experience even excruciating is that I hadn't eaten lunch at that point so I was really hungry and yet to read about these girls who want to kill themselves over having five peanuts instead of their daily allotment of three peanuts was maddening But reading through the stories it becomes clear that it isn't really so much about food but love security control family This book was published in 2006 so I was left to wonder how these girls and some older women as well fared after they left Renfrew Some cases definitely looked promising than others but I hope they are all closer to being able to accept and enjoy the small pleasures in life such as butter on popcorn or at least even just popcorn if not the love and security they obviously and desperately need this is the companion book to the HBO documentary with the same title having just watched the doc again i have to say i like the book so much while it is a sort of supplement you get to see into the lives of the girls than i felt you did in the film there are excerpts from journals lots of photos and way history and background to shelly polly and britney especially also alicia with the fact that polly passed away late last year this book takes an even poignant turn and fills the holes i wish the film did it lists agencieshotlines to callcontact if you think you have an eating problem or if someone you know does the book is responsible if that makes sense it doesn't sensationalize the illness or glamorize any of it which i appreciate and it ends on a note of hope which i felt the film lacked at least it's cautiously hopefullyit's also presented in a large coffee table book type fashion which makes me wonder if i would ever put this out on my coffee table still it's very insightful especially when combined with the film but i think the book stands better alone than the film does Update People who get triggered because of my review let me try and break this down as simply as possible There is healthy food There is unhealthy food That is a fact no matter how you try and dress it up Peanuts may be considered healthy but for others it is not Forcing people who already have an unhealthy relationship with food to eat junk food is wrong Eating poison isn't healthy I don't care who says you should do it; wether it's a dietician nutritionist or a doctor phft You're not going to change my mind about my review You don't know my education on foodhealthGMO'sadditives or even psychology etc If you disagree with my review then write your own review but please do not attack me personally Your assumptions are just thatTo force people with eating disorders; with dismorphia to eat junk food is psychologically cruel and most likely physiologically harmful Here's a bowl of sugar eat up What's the harm? These patients need to learn proper nutritious ways of eating Forcing them to eat junk food is not learning to have a healthy relationship with food And why are people triggered by my belly fat comment? That is very interesting I'd like to tap into that psychology There is a healthy way of losing weight and there is a healthy way of gaining weight Renfrew is NOT the healthy way I don't agree with Renfrew's treatment Wth would you force someone with an eating disorder to eat junk food? These girls and women need to learn proper ways of eating And I understand why they don't allow exercise but because they aren't allowed they get the fat belly and that isn'tHealthy Eveything in moderation and it isn't being taught at renfrew The stories of the girls are similar in many ways I hope they all succeed in bettering their livesLet me just add since there have been a few people who disagree with my opinion on this book I do not nor have I ever had an eating disorder However I do believe that food can be medicine just as I believe food can be poison Yes I believe there are good and bad foods There's nothing you can say to me to change my opinion on this And how it references to the Renfew's treatment of people who have eating disorders and a bad relationship with food shouldn't be fed garbage to heal them; emotionally psychologically or physically I stand by that one hundred percent A year ago this book would have been heartbreaking and informative while distant and out of reach Now as I have a friend with an eating disorder that went to renfrew the book offers a deeper look into the struggles that I have experienced second hand What better way to begin to understand mental illness than to be told about it by one who struggles with it? Lauren Greenfield’s photographs show a rare look into a disorder that is misunderstood and marginalized in our culture The candor and insight of the stories from the women in treatment alongside their raw vulnerable journal entries allows the reader to see the recovery journey of one with EDIf you are a support for a loved one with ED I recommend this book Take deep breaths and cry if you need too but the honesty in this book allowed me to further grasp how I can support my loved ones with ED

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