‘My Secret Life: A Memoir of Bulimia’: A face behind the statistics

6 Jan

By Jane Haynes

According to figures released by Bodywhys, the Eating Disorder Association of Ireland, up to 200,000 people may be affected by eating disorders in this country, with an estimated 400 new cases being discovered every year.

In this report, Mirror Mirror looks at one of the faces behind the statistics, and the real-life account of Leanne Waters, author of ‘My Secret Life: A Memoir of Bulimia.’ Released in November 2011, this book is an account of Waters’ two-year long battle with Bulimia nervosa during her late teens. A national bestseller, the book provides a fascinating deconstruction of the disorder, both mentally and physically.

What marks this memoir out from the never-ending flow of data that the mere mention of the term ‘eating disorder’ prompts is a heartrending change in viewpoint; Waters’ is a searingly honest, raw account of Bulimia from the inside out. While her account of the physical and mental struggle she endured while suffering with the disorder does not stray far from the textbook trademarks we have come to associate with the disorder, her internal monologue portraying life with the condition resonates powerfully  with the reader.


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