Brave Girl Eating: A Family's Struggle with Anorexia

Brave Girl Eating: A Family's Struggle with Anorexia - Harriet Brown Harriet Brown's "Brave Girl Eating" is the story of her daughter Kitty's descent into anorexia and the long road of recovery for the entire family.When Kitty decides she needs to lose a little weight at age 14 after a nutrition class, she eventually slides into the body dysmorphism and deliberate eating restrictions that lead to so many cases of anorexia in teen girls today.Brown talks not only about Kitty's anger about being made to eat again, but also about the effects of Kitty's recovery on her entire family dynamic. She also presents scholarly and scientific information about eating disorders along the way (the bibliography is extensive).While our current culture of "thin is better" does not cause anorexia, it can most assuredly be a triggering factor for young people who develop disordered eating. Brown presents a very real perspective on an illness that she believed would never touch her family.Highly recommended for those who enjoy learning from memoirs, or for families coping with eating disorders.