Marya describes her plummet to her lowest point in her struggle with anorexia, a time when she is eating almost nothing and weighs only 52 pounds. During the short while she stays in California, she manages to lose weight to a point that she is lighter than when she first enters the hospital for treatment.
Marya at first refuses to be checked in for treatment, but after realizing how weak she really is, signs herself into the hospital for treatment. As a result of her fear of facing herself, however, Marya lies about being molested as a child and sabotages her own recovery.
Within one week, Marya loses twelve more pounds and is readmitted to the hospital on emergency status. Finally, Marya describes the circumstances that finally convince her to check herself into a hospital for treatment.
She contends that eating disorders are not as simple as some people would like to think. She has her first experience with bulimia when she is nine years old. This section contains words approx. Finally, while taking classes at American University, Marya drops to her lowest weight of 52 pounds.
No one has even talked to Marya about bulimia; she discovers on her own that there is a way to get rid of any food she has eaten. This time Marya is sent to Lowe House, a residential treatment center where Marya comes closest to being healed.
Throughout her high school years, Marya suffers with bulimia. Even as an infant and child, Marya writes that she has strange eating habits. She also writes about the progression of her bulimia and her transition to anorexia. Once in California, Marya begins binging and purging again. Marya intends her book to be a warning to other girls not to follow the path that she took.
It is in her tenth-grade year when Marya attends a boarding school when she decides to make the transition to anorexia.
Marya is once again hospitalized, but discharged when her vital signs stabilize and insurance stops paying for her treatment. Throughout her book, Marya analyzes her own eating disordered behavior.
She convinces her parents to let her go to California and live with her stepmother when she is released from treatment. Marya reasons that there are a variety of factors, including heredity, genetics, personality, culture and upbringing that work in unison to cause the disorder.99 quotes from Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia: ‘You never come back, not all the way.
Always there is an odd distance between you and the peopl. Vivid, honest, and emotionally wrenching, Wasted is the memoir of how Marya Hornbacher willingly embraced hunger, drugs, sex, and death—until a particularly horrifying bout with anorexia and bulimia in college forever ended the romance of wasting away/5(55).
Multi Genre Project Marya; Present Day I am adding a piece of the book, Wasted; A memoir of Anoxia and Bulimia, of Marya Hornbacher would say about the book today. Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia Summary & Study Guide includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis, quotes, character descriptions, themes, and more.
Her books include the memoirs Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia, which has been published in twelve languages, and the New York Times bestseller Madness: A Bipolar Life; the recovery books Sane: Mental Illness, Addiction, and the Twelve Steps, and Waiting: A Nonbeliever's Higher Power; and the novel The Center of Winter.
She teaches in the graduate creative writing program at Northwestern /5(). WASTED A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia. By Marya Hornbacher.
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