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Book and Media Reviews
May 9, 2007

Gaining: The Truth About Life After Eating Disorders

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Fishbein Fellow.

JAMA. 2007;297(18):2031-2035. doi:10.1001/jama.297.18.2032

This is a medical text you will not have to force yourself to read; on the contrary, it is so beguiling you will have to force yourself to stop reading it. With uninhibited truthfulness, Aimee Liu reveals incidents in her own life which propelled her into anorexia; these revelations inject validity into the medical aspects of her text, even though Liu is not a physician. She believes the greatest asset any of us possess is our own life story, and to realize the full power and dimension of this treasure, we have to be willing to courageously tell the whole truth. Liu has authored or coauthored 4 novels and 7 nonfiction books in the last 15 years. She was recently appointed to the Advisory Board of the International Academy of Eating Disorders.