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How to Disappear Completely

Mething one has actively sought out Through her own decade long battle with anorexia which included three lengthy hospitalizations Osgood harrowingly describes the haunting and competitive world of inpatient facilities populated with other adolescents some as young as ten years oldWith attuned storytelling and unflinching introspection Kelsey Osgood unpacks the modern myths of The author seems very concerned with copycat behaviours people newly anorexic following in the footsteps of those who write about it within books or blogs This seems to have put a lot stress on what the author she feels she can write and I found what I read to be insufficient for someone hoping to learn about the issue plus uncomfortable and disjointed

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Anorexia examining the cult like underbelly of eating disorders in the young as she chronicles her own rehabilitation How to Disappear Completely is a brave candid and emotionally wrenching memoir that explores the physical internal and social ramifications of eating disorders and subverts many of the popularly held notions of the illness and most hopefully the path to recovery Author Kelsey Osgood actively pursued anorexia She describes how at the age of fourteen mesmerized by books about eating disorders she set out to become anorexic Mission accomplished Bravo I m being snarky people In the process she discovered anorexia is not as glamorous as it once seemed Osgood spends a fair amount of time criticizing other eating disorder centered literature for its romanticization of the disease Her contention being that such fare fosters eating disorders Although I do think anorexia is often portrayed in an attractive manner I do not think such fare can cause an eating disorder My belief is that the disease is biologically based To be sure it can be influenced by the media and other such factors these may even be the catalyst that sets a diet in motion but one must have a predisposition in order to develop a full blown eating disorder The problem is for the most part Osgood s own book does exactly what she purports to be against Despite her stable recovery How To Disappear Completely often reads as a love letter to her own battle The tenderness and even affection she still clearly feels for her years spent cycling through various institutions is evident To her credit she never gives the oft triggering numbers so sought outdespised numbers in terms of weight or calories However the overall nostalgia she feels permeates her writing

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She devoured their memoirs and magazine articles committing the most salacious details of their cautionary tales to memory how little they ate their lowest weights and their merciless exercise regimes to learn what it would take to be the very best anorectic When she was hospitalized for anorexia at fifteen she found herself in an existential wormhole how can one suffer from so If you re just looking at the back cover copy or various other blurbs it s very hard to tell what this book is about so I ll try to summarize briefly This book is about the culture of anorexia not just about the disease itself but about how the many books movies articles websites and TV shows about it affect and even harm women and girls in the name of education and awareness It s also about how the culture of inpatient eating disorder programs can actually lead to competition and comparisons among patients possibly making them worse instead of better and about the language we use concerning those who suffer from eating disorders and how detrimental it can be Finally the book is a memoir of the author s own anorexia although she tries valiantly not to give any triggering information ie information about her lowest weight or her eating plans when she was sickI don t have any personal experience with full blown eating disorders so perhaps I m not the best person to comment on this but I thought this book was uniue and uite valuable I ve read some of the famous eating disorder books Wasted by Marya Hornbacher being the most famous and I ve seen Lauren Greenfield s documentary but until recently it had never occurred to me that texts like these would be absorbed by patients and become an actual part of their experience with their disease Osgood also frames the addiction aspect of anorexia in a throught provoking way what other addict besides an anorexic person actively strives to become the best addict they can be These are only some of the issues the book addresses there s a lot going on here The book is also entertaining in the best possible sense it moves swiftly and gives you a lot to think aboutPerhaps not surprisingly the book is also problematic in some ways As I said Osgood tries not to be triggering but there s really no way avoid that pitfall entirely When she names famous anorexic women not famous in the Mary Kate Olsen sense but famous among other anorexic women I couldn t help but be curious and Google them I uickly realized that this led down a rabbit hole where Google images of one anorexic woman engendered images of others some painful to look at Could be very triggering to a different type of reader no Then too Osgood admits late in the book that although she considers herself recovered from anorexia she still struggles with the issues sometimes But by then I already knew this just based on how she depicted the few overweight women portrayed in the book always with revolting imagery that made it clear Osgood still has some issues surrounding weight This is a very small part of the book but it was very telling for me Other reviewers have complained that Osgood seems to see her own experiences as universal when they aren t although this particular aspect didn t bother me it comes with the territory of writing a memoir in my opinion Why do we write autobiographically at all if we don t think there s something universal about what we ve been throughSo yes this book is complicated but it s a complicated subject and wouldn t be served by a simplistic treatment even if such a treatment were possible But I think this is a necessary book and it s one I would particularly recommend for people who ve absorbed a lot of the cultural artifacts addressing eating disorders up to this point and that s many of us


10 thoughts on “How to Disappear Completely

  1. says:

    It's definitely time for me to give up on this genre Again I really started out wanting to like this book and I

  2. says:

    If you're just looking at the back cover copy or various other blurbs it's very hard to tell what this book is about so I'll try to summarize briefly This book is about the culture of anorexia—not just about the disease

  3. says:

    Myopic snooty and with such a lack of insight that it pained me to see this to the end I'm in concert with everyone else here who's critiued Osgood's universalizing and alienating read elitist rhetoric throughout I'd also add that the

  4. says:

    The author seems very concerned with copycat behaviours people newly anorexic following in the footsteps of those who write about it within books or blogs This seems to have put a lot stress on what the author she feels she can write and I found what I read to be insufficient for someone hoping to learn about the issue plus uncomfortable and disjointed

  5. says:

    I'd had some great luck recently with rea

  6. says:

    The only thing good about this book was how it directed me to not read Wasted I immediately returned the shaming book and bought Hornbacher instead

  7. says:

    I don't know how I feel about this one So let's go on this ride together as I figure it out I feel things for the

  8. says:

    The irony of this book is that Osgood tried so hard to show why her memoir was going to be less triggeringdamagingsalacious than the others but she ended up providing me with a fairly comprehensive list of books I would rather read I immediately bought Wasted and am reading it now finding it both of a deterrent to disorde

  9. says:

    Author Kelsey Osgood actively pursued anorexia She describes how at the age of fourteen mesmerized by books about eating disorders she set out to become anorexic Mission accomplished Bravo I'm being snarky people In the process she discovered anorexia is not as glamorous as it once seemed Osgood spends a fair amount of time criticizing other eating disorder centered literature for its romanticization of the dis

  10. says:

    Premise wise Osgood sets out to do something that is far too uncommon in this type of memoir she seeks to tell her story without numbers and in a way that will not be triggering that will not glamorise eating dis

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