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Coming in February, 2007 (National Eating Disorders Awareness Month)!



April 2, 2007

The GAINING book giveaway contest has ended!
It has been absolutely fascinating to see the entries – specifically, to see how consistent the dozens of guesses were. More than two thirds of contestants guessed that fathers of people with eating disorders would be doctors. Also, two thirds guessed lawyers.
And all were right!

According to Dr. Kenneth Weiner of the Eating Disorder Center of Denver, medicine and law are the second and third most common professions of fathers whose children are treated at the Center.

But only 3 people guessed the profession that is #1 (and, by the way, this was also a stunningly common paternal profession among the people I interviewed for Gaining). That profession is… drum roll…

Of the three winners, two guessed engineering and law, and one guessed engineering and medicine. If you are one of the winners, Congratulations! Your books will be in the mail to you very soon.

This contest has raised so many thoughts for me as I've watched the guesses pour in. Clearly, genetics plays a strong role in defining not only our personalities but also our occupational choices. But then, perhaps our occupations return the favor by shaping our habits and assumptions in ways that affect our children as stealthily as our genes do. How strange that SO many people suspected doctors and lawyers of producing eating disordered children, and yet it's not strange at all, given that eating disorders reflect a genetic tendency to overachieve, crave order and regulation, and persist in difficult endeavors.

I will be musing about all of this in the next couple of days in my blog at www.eatingdisordersblogs.com/life_after_recovery/

In the meantime...

Be well,

below for more about Aimee's books & work.

Anthologies of fiction and nonfiction that Aimee has edited or contributed to.
a suspenseful novel of rescue and redemption set in Central Asia at the start of the Cold War, featuring two unforgettable heroines whose fates are irrevocably intertwined.
The unforgettable tale of star-crossed love that spans four decades and two continents.
A young photographer wrestles with her repressed past and identity as an Amerasian in New York's Chinatown. Now back in print after more than a decade, FACE is Aimee's first novel.
Work on Eating Disorders
While there are numerous memoirs available chronicling individual women’s struggles with anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders, this is the first book to bring together many people’s stories to create a complete and candid picture of the recovery process. Aimee Liu has skillfully brought together firsthand accounts of recovery to create a realistic roadmap for the journey. This book also includes informational sidebars, written by professionals in the field, on topics including treatment options, choosing the right therapist, the pros and cons of medication, how parents and spouses can help, and much more.
How do anorexia and bulimia impact life AFTER recovery? GAINING is one of the first books about eating disorders to connect the latest scientific insights to the personal truth of life before, during, and especially after anorexia and bulimia.
America's first memoir of anorexia, and one of the earliest books about eating disorders, originally published in 1979
Craft & Criticism
Resources and suggestions for students and fellow writers
Aimee's latest book reviews