Eating disorders are a serious problem in today

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Zabrina Maultsby October 5,2010 Van Horn Reading 3305 Written Response: Contemporary Realistic Fiction “Wintergirls” by Laurie Halse Eating disorders are a serious problem in today’s society. The media tends to promote the idea that thin is beautiful, therefore many females develop eating disorders like anorexia or bulimia. Anorexia, an illness of self-starvation that typically strikes in adolescence and it seems to force its captive into a maze made of mirrors. There, the dialogue is only with one’s self, and is of the most self-annihilating sort: “You’re fat, stupid, disgusting.”p.98. In that world, all wishes are inverted: to feel desire is to be weak; to resist food is to be superior; to be angry at one’s parents is to cut oneself with a razor.“ Wintergirls ,2009” by Laurie Halse Anderson, takes us into this dark, tyrannical world through the experience of Lia, the 18-year-old narrator, who has struggled with anorexia since the eighth grade. The book begins on the morning when Lia is told that Cassie (her best friend) has died, a revelation made all the more devastating when she discovers that Cassie tried to call her during the night for help; because of a quarrel, Lia hadn’t answered the phone. Written in present tense, in short sections, Lia accounts of the weeks following the death, which also details her own descent into full-blown anorexia. The book concludes as the truth emerges, however, no one event or person “saves” Lia; when her salvation comes, it is entirely of her own making. According to a study by UNC’s Eating
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