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

6 Jan
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While reading Waters’ memoir undoubtedly personalized and brought home the concept of the ‘eating disorder’ beyond the wealth of stats and figures which my research until now had thrown at me, it also did much to dispel misconceptions I may have formed before reading the book.

Something that had always struck me and members of my social circle as incomprehensible was how an intelligent, educated person who knows the difference between right and wrong could even contemplate putting their body through a process as traumatic as Bulimia. This is one aspect that Waters clarified for me in a most resonating manner.

True to the profile which Harriet Parsons outlined in our interview, Waters was always a high achiever who strove for perfection in all aspects of life. Setting high goals and ambitions for herself, not only in her education but in relation to her physical form made failure, in her eyes, a difficult pill to swallow. It was in times such as these, whether after a guilt-laden binge eating session or a particularly painful break-up that Waters would turn to the inner voice of her Bulimia for the strength to get through.

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