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Challenging the assumption that arexia is an exclusively female affliction, this compelling memoir is the first to describe how a young man overcame this often fatal disorder. Handsome and popular, Gary had baseball abilities that had attracted the attention of the big leagues, until a shaming inner-voice convinced him that he needed to be thinner, leading to an out-of-control compulsion to exercise and starve himself, causing multiple hospitalizations. Providing strategies for tackling the recovery process and examples of changes in the thinking needed to take those steps, this important narrative comes at a time when eating disorders are at an all-time high in America, afflicting more than 8 million men. Demonstrating how anyone can win the internal battle between mind and body, this much-needed biography offers therapists, sufferers, and their families with powerful tools to help them triumph over this life and death battle.
Gary A. Grahl is a licensed school counselor and a resource person for ANAD (National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders), the nation's oldest non-profit organization dedicated to serving those with eating disorders and their families. He has been featured on television programssuch as Extra, Jenny Jones, and Les Brown ; and in print media such as the Chicago Sun Times, Men's Health, Milwaukee Journal/Sentinal, Newsday, and Woman's World. He lives in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.