Mom saw a popular, happy teen, poised to revel in her high school
years; her daughter saw a fat, ugly loser, and vowed to take
action. One saw glimmers of hope and researched to find the best
care; the other had no intentions of getting better and researched
new and clever ways to hide her compulsion. Such is the distorted
reality in this riveting true account of a teen caught in the grips
of an eating disorder and the mother who struggled to help her
Through their gripping dual narrative, Lorri and Taryn Benson
take turns chronicling their unique perceptions of events once
Taryn was caught in the act of her first purge. With unflinching
frankness, they reveal the deceit, the guilt, the shame, and the
manipulations that are inherent in this enigmatic disease,
unveiling the true picture of what happens to the family dynamic
once an eating disorder takes hold. Much more than a cautionary
tale, Distorted illustrates the psychological factors that
underline the beginning and spread of the disease, the successful
and unsuccessful therapies, and the consequences the disease had on
themselves and their family.
Triumphantly, the two women share what was ultimately needed to
bring the truth to light, providing guidance for anyone struggling
with or affected by an eating disorder. Their two stories--woven
together as one powerful beacon of hope--will offer insight and
comfort to families, spouses, and loved ones who feel helpless and
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