Looking for interview subjects!

Hi everyone!

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
Several caveats:
  • 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.
Now that you've read all of the fine print, if you're interested in contributing, please email me at carrie@edbites.com so we can discuss things further and try and set up some interviews.  This probably isn't a complete list of everyone who I will want to interview, but it's hard to tell until I start writing more. I look forward to hearing from you!

Please feel free to share this on Twitter, Facebook, blogs, etc. I really appreciate it!

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Anonymous said...

Hi Carrie,

I had a couple quick questions:

1)Are you looking for people who are recovered, or are still suffering, or both?

2)If we are chosen for an interview, can our names be changed for privacy reasons?


K said...

Hey doll! So you should DEFINITELY talk to my friend Dani... she actually has done a lot of research in the field of eating disorders AND has personal experience... she's incredibly bright and insightful and I definitely think would be worth chatting with!

Of course I'm also willing to help in any way I can, but I think she would be stellar - let me know and I can give you her contact info or her your contact info

j.m.r. said...
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j.m.r. said...

Just curious - your request is admirably gender-neutral, so does that mean you're treating (no pun intendend) male and female cases collectively and considering those specific cases you're interested in (per the request) applicable to and inclusive of both?

BTW - The post marked "This post was removed by the author" was removed because the author noticed a couple of nitpicky editorial issues, like apostrophes and things. Just in case you were curious. :)

Emily said...

I just emailed you. This next book of yours sounds insightful and beneficial for readers, so I'm eager to be a part of it.


Anonymous said...

For the non-western interview you should try to contact

Maria Fernanda Perez


Her case is very recent and was highly publicized in Mexico. In the interview linked below, she talked about the effects of anorexia on her brain.

Part 5 of the interview shows her meeting with a neuroscientist who is considered the leader of surgery for people with eating disorders in Latin America.


Anonymous said...

Hi Carrie,

I've had extreme exercise compulsion as a part of my eating disorder, as well as anorexia that morphed into bulimia as well as have been on the roller coaster of inpatient/outpatient/sick/well/relapse/recovery for years. I'm currently a psych student at Kennesaw State and am actually doing research with faculty on the evolution of eating disorders. And while I'm not fully "recover(ed)" as Jenni Schaefer would say, I feel like I have a solid footing in recovery. Please feel free to contact me for any additional information as I would be more than happy to help. I "liked" your blog on facebook so you can find me that way or I'll provide the link to my page and email below.

Take care,
Emily Robertson

007 said...

I fit the following:

1. someone who can talk about how learning about ED science has been helpful in their recovery

2. someone who has been diagnosed with anorexia that then morphed into bulimia/BED

3. someone who can talk about relapse and what they've learned

4. someone who with a history of anorexia who is worried about passing anorexia on to their children

5. someone who has been in treatment multiple times and who is finally at a turning point after hitting rock bottom

PS I LOVE your work, Carrie!

'Krystal' said...

Hi Carrie. I have a long story of my ED. From AN to AN with bulimic tendencies. My mother was bulimic and is now BED. I have E boys and worry they will develop some type of ED and fear they have already developed some disordered eating issues...I have been and out of treatment 5x over the past 8yrs and never been recovered but managable. Right now I am struggling with yet another strong relapse of almost 2 yrs which also resulted in a severe seizure, staples in my head and a week long hospital stay. Like I said - I have a long story and would be happy to help you out if you so choose to contact me.

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