Dying to Be Beautiful

Dying to Be Beautiful

Help, Hope, and Healing for Eating Disorders. Thin is pretty. And looks are everything. Throw in feelings of worthlessness. Add an overactive conscience. Result: an obsession with physical perfection that ends in defeat, failure, and shame.

This book offers a boost out of the black hole of food fixations: anorexia, bulimia, and exercise dependence. The authors review the standard therapies (behavioral, cognitive, psychodynamic, family, support groups, drugs) and include appendixes on relevant literature and treatment resources. But it is the detailed, heart-rending stories of struggle and triumph—including Schwirzer's own—that lift the heart and reveal the secret of victory: breaking the isolation and turning the eyes away from self to fix them on God.

Jennifer's is a fresh voice in the field of eating disorders. Her personal struggle with anorexia nervosa, and that of the young women whose stories she tells, offers a new means of achieving wellness in concert with traditional psychotherapy—the healing power of faith in God. From deep feelings of worthlessness and a desperate need to be loved, these young women transformed their lives through a belief that God loves them unconditionally. -Dr. Elizabeth Poss Colebrook, author, Anorexia Nervosa

These insidious, debilitating diseases are tearing the core out of so many precious lives. Jennifer Schwirzer's personal and anecdotal insights provide a timely call to a culture inundated by the message to be perfect or fail. Ultimately, true and consistent healing can take place only through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. This is a much-needed book. -Joseph DeAngelis, M.A., Licensed Professional Counselor, Connecticut

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