Startingby Barbara Lawrence on 06/28/11
Welcome to my Blog. I'm sitting here having a small attack of writer's block thinking about why anyone besides me might be interested in this blog, and simultaneously how to organize it because I like learning about many different things. I've written books and articles about eating disorders in men and education, particularly about small schools, gifted education, and issues with facilities.
That's an odd combination, but I can explain. My former husband is eating disordered, I used to run a real estate and construction company, and I worked as a policy analyst in education and taught courses in history, sociology, and anthropology. I also taught writing for over 10 years at two universities in Massachusetts, and now I'm trying to use what my students taught me to finish a novel and write a history of my British family during World War II.
So this is a blog about:
1) Eating disorders in men and boys
2) Education - particularly the benefits of small schools
3) Maine - that's where I lived for many years and the story in the novel takes place, and where I have cottages on Mount Desert Island (see www.hpfacadia.com)
4) World War II in Great Britain
and more as I figure it out.
For now, I'm posting a short excerpt from my second book about eating disorders, The Hungry i: A workbook for partners of men with eating disorders, amazon.com, and a comment.
"You saved my life," the man going down the escalator said, gesturing towards me as I moved past him on the escalator going up. "How?" I asked, amazed. "Bitter Ice," he replied, but then was gone. This book is for him and all the other men and women who are partners of men with eating disorders. May reading it help them as writing it has helped me.
40 percent of the people in college who are bulimic are men. In 1999, when my first book Bitter Ice was published, one in twenty of the people in the US who is eating disordered was male. Today the ratio is one in four. We need to take a serious look at the reasons males become eating disordered, stop promoting unhealthy eating habits to "make weight" for athletic teams, or purging to get an endorphin high that makes young men temporarily feel clean, confident and strong. I don't understand how a coach can look away when he knows his athletes are making themselves throw up before an event, and yet that happens every day. I don't understand why so many on-campus programs for eating disorders reach out only to young women. What can we do?