I need to ask for your help. I'm currently working on a book called Decoding Anorexia: How Science Brings Hope to Eating Disorders, and I've finished most of the research, and I've moved on to starting to collect interviews from people.
What I think is one of the best parts of the book is that I want to blend scientific expertise from researchers, clinical experience from clinicians, and wisdom from sufferers and loved ones. As part of that, I need to talk to you, my readers.
I have a tentative list of people who I'd like to talk to about the following topics:
- someone who has been diagnosed with anorexia but lives in a non-Western culture (or a culture without the extreme pressures to be thin)
- someone who can talk about how learning about ED science has been helpful in their recovery
- a parent/child who have both had anorexia. I'd like to find a duo in which both people are willing to be interviewed, but I'm also interested in talking to single members where this is the case.
- someone who has experienced exercise addictions/compulsions as part of their ED
- someone who has been diagnosed with anorexia that then morphed into bulimia/BED
- someone who can talk about relapse and what they've learned
- someone who with a history of anorexia who is worried about passing anorexia on to their children
- I may or may not be able to interview everyone who volunteers. It has nothing to do with you, and may simply have to be a writer's decision on my part.
- Just because you are interviewed doesn't guarantee your story will be used. Again, that's part of the nature of writing.
- If you are under 18, I will need to get permission from a parent or guardian. It's a legal issue.
- If you have any questions about the interview process and how the material might be used, please email me and we can discuss this further.
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