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Why Everyone Needs To Read The Year I Didn’t Eat

06/03/2019

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Every so often I’ll find a book I love so much, I finish reading it in a day. 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Last Tudor, As Old As Time, Part Of Your World…and now The Year I Didn’t Eat. 

As you might have seen on my instastories, I was sent this in a PR package and originally I was a little skeptical. 

I love reading but I can be quite picky at times, especially if it’s in a genre I don’t regularly read. 

However by the end of the first chapter I was hooked! 

This is where I’m going to add a little trigger warning; this post is going to talk about anorexic and emetophobia (a fear of being sick). If either of these topics could trigger or upset you, please don’t read any further. As much as I love having you on my blog, I don’t want you reading a post that could harm or upset you! 


I’ve always struggled with a feeling of not being a “real” anorexic, mostly because it was caused by my fear of being sick. 

[Related: A Battle With Emetophobia: My Personal Story]

When I speak about being a recovering anorexic, people always assume it had something to do with my weight. 

But that’s not the case at all! 

The Year I Didn't Eat • Self Care Sunday Cup • Anorexia • Eating Disorder

I actually liked the way I looked. I was a healthy size and weight and even though I wouldn’t have minded toning up a little, it wasn’t high on my priority list. 

I started starving myself because I caught a sickness bug, was terrified of throwing up (even though it had never bothered me in the past) and decided that starving myself was the best way to avoid being sick. 

Not the smartest idea I’ve ever had. 

It cost me nearly two years of my life and left me with health problems that I’m still struggling with years after recovering. 

But because it wasn’t the story you see printed in magazines or portrayed in films, I struggled with feelings of being a fraud and an imposter. 

Which is actually the reason I love this book so much. 

It emphasises that everyone’s experience with anorexia (or any eating disorder) is different and no two people experience it the same way. 

It helped me realised that even though my experience with anorexic was completely different to Max’s (the main character in the book), it was just as valid. 

On top of that it also highlights eating disorders in men, something that is much needed in today’s society and has long been missing from the media! 

The Year I Didn't Eat • The Tattooist of Auschwitz • Self Care Sunday Cup • Anorexia • Eating Disorder

I actually think they need to consider putting The Year I Didn’t Eat on the reading list for schools.

Not only would it be a great way to educate teenagers about anorexia, but it would also show boys that there is no shame in admitting they have an eating disorder and to get help. 

Whenever eating disorders are spoken about, it still seems to be presented as a female-only condition. 

I honestly feel this stereotype is the reason so many guys refuse to admit they’re struggling – they feel that it’s “not something men get” and it makes them “less of a man”. 

Those are two things I’ve actually seen someone say when asked why he didn’t get help for his bulimia! 

I also think this would be really helpful to people who aren’t anorexic. 

It can be hard to understand something you’ve never gone through personally, but this book really gets inside Max’s head and is quite raw and emotional at times. 

It challenges the stereotypes around anorexia and could be so helpful in educating people or as a tool to start the conversation about eating disorders. 

If you’re interested in reading The Year I Didn’t Eat for yourself, you can pick it up on Amazon

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Why Everyone Needs To Read The Year I Didn’t Eat

15 responses to “Why Everyone Needs To Read The Year I Didn’t Eat”

  1. What a book, I have a daughter that has struggled in the past with eating disorders, this would of been an immense help x

  2. I’ve had a whole bunch of problems with eating in the past. I’ve never considered that I’ve had an eating disorder but I guess I just have to admit that I have. I love the sound of this and would be really interested in reading it!

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

  3. Boxnip says:

    This sounds like a really interesting and insightful book. I think you’re quite right, when people, myself included, think of eating disorders, we usually think of girls. I don’t think I have ever seen anything to do with men/boys and eating disorders.

    Sarah 🌺 || Boxnip

  4. Nyxinked says:

    Personally I couldn’t read this right now because I am still very much in early recovery but I will pick it up when I know it will no longer be a trigger for me. Thank you for the suggestion.

  5. Karalee says:

    My bachelor’s degree is in psychology so I know that men can be affected by eating disorders, but I still think reading this book would be insightful for me as I would be able to have more of an understanding of what it is like to have an eating disorder.

    Karalee
    https://talesofbelle.com/

  6. Nele says:

    I need to pick this book up! I’ve struggled with similar things in my teenage years and I think it would be very good to read about it – when I was younger there was nearly anything written about it in novels! Thanks for the recommendation :)!

  7. This sounds like a really good book. I agree that men and eating disorders aren’t talked about enough so I’m glad this book covers it. Though I haven’t been diagnosed with anything I have a fear of/issues with sick too which affect my eating habits so I’d definitely read this book to relate to a character!x

  8. Francesca Andrews says:

    This sounds like a really interesting book with some important messages – definitely one I’ll be adding to my ‘to-read’ list.

    Francesca Andrews

  9. glowsteady says:

    This sounds like a really interesting book. Although I worry slightly, even though it’s educational, it could still have a negative impact on younger people who are still impressionable. Love that it’s about a man though, you’re totally right that it’s portrayed as a female issue x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

  10. Via Singh says:

    I have never known anyone with eating disorders but I would love to read this book just to educate myself and I am glad that it mentions men having this problem too as it is only spoken about in for women. 🙂

    Via | http://glossnglitters.com

  11. What a lovely book and review. It’s definitely important to understand and know about eating disorders, by reading a book that does that is a must. I definitely agree with you about adding this to schools!

    Gemma | https://anoceanglimmer.wordpress.com/

  12. Kim says:

    Definitely interested to read this.

  13. I’ve been looking for a new book to read! I love a book that can expand knowledge especially on something as important as anorexia, great post!!

    fifuelsfitness.wordpress.com

  14. This sounds like a really powerful book. I struggled with an eating disorder in my teens and I definitely want to read this. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Finlay Grace says:

    Lately ive been delving in to book that art my normal go to typical read. I’ve struggled with eating alot in the past and comes in spits and spats currently. I find looking back it was when I was most run down and had the least control in my life, definitely think this book would be a greater insight and understanding!

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