All in Review

An Anorectic’s Health Guide

Marya Hornbacher’s Wasted is infamously canonized as the eating disorder memoir bible. My own copy of Wasted is tattered and dog-eared and stained. Passages are highlighted and underlined, with little notes in the margins. I have read Wasted five or six times. Each time has been during a hostile takeover by my eating disorder.

The Wannarexic

How to Disappear Completely: On Modern Anorexia by Kelsey Osgood is the meta eating disorder memoir. Osgood critiques the impact of popular anorexia fare on already eating disordered individuals and the so-called “wannarexics.” She critiques the moral panic regarding pro-ana sites (short for pro-anorexia FYI) and reveals the perverse relationship vulnerable individuals can have with such materials.