I've recently finished reading Cheryl Kerrigan's book, Telling ED No! and it strikes me that a new era of eating disorder literature is emerging: an optimistic one. The eating disorder narratives of the past were, in the main, fault-finding, death-defying social commentary validated by excruciating medical details. The villains were dark, the triumph embittered, the recovery sour with recrimination toward self and others.
It cheers me to see more focus on practical skills, more forgiving, and less psychobabble.
I was particularly struck by this chapter: "Swallow Up," where Kerrigan describes her therapist, Bob, giving advice on how to think of eating: "think of the food going up into my brain. When I eat, my brain is being fed and my mind can function properly."
Learning this concept, she reports "With each bite came clarity, and with clarity comes recovery."