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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Man Up to Eating Disorders by Andrew Walen is a good self-help memoir for men and boys struggling with weight and eating disorders. The book speaks about the author’s eating disorders which he has categorized under three sections, starting with the emotional eating experience. The author’s depressive time and period of anorexia in high school sets the tone for the future sections of the book. The journey of the author’s life through his love, marriage, fatherhood and overeating habit leads him to the lowest phase in his life. His recovery phase begins after that and he starts working with a dietitian to get control over his eating habits. The author's journey from being an anorexic to that of a therapist is indeed inspirational.
The topic of eating disorders has been covered extensively and the author’s personal experiences and very methodical manner of discussing the topic make this a good book for all those battling weight problems. The sections covered sum up the topic very well and the author’s determination and willpower stand out through the narration of his personal incidents. He speaks about the root cause of eating disorders and tells readers how important it is to enjoy their food rather than abuse it. The homework exercises at the end of the chapters prove to be useful to those readers who want to reflect on and contemplate what they have read and what they need to do to change their lives.