54lbs. Fat bitch, she hissed. I can help you lose more though, as long as you trust me…
An account of one girl’s addiction to hunger, STARVED describes just how powerful the voice of anorexia can be. Not just a memoir, but a startling insight into one of the worst cases of anorexia ever to be seen.
Her best friend Kelly is gone, her mum is becoming more ill by the day. However, if she loses some weight, things will become clearer, sharper, more in control. Things might be better if she just disappeared…
She’s starting to get too skinny, but she likes the new pelvic bones which jut like pyramids. She likes the surge of power it gives her. If she eats - god forbid - then the voice will cut her like a knife, telling her she’s just as disgusting and weak as she already believed.
Yet in mirror-land, she is god - the starving actress, the star of the show. She must push her body as far as she can go, test the boundaries, savour the proximity to death.
She is eventually hospitalised weighing just 54lbs with a week to live. She must eat or die.
STARVED is a story of madness, obsession, food, weight, society, teenage angst, illness, fear, death and recovery.