Starving for Attention PDF/EPUB Ñ Starving for

A new '90s edition of O'Neill's bestselling book on her enslavement to anorexia nervosa and her triumph over the affliction The daughter of singer Pat Boone reveals how the pressures of trying to be the perfect celebrity daughter led her to desperate attempts at physical perfection and how a psychatrist her husband and family and God helped her emerge victorious


10 thoughts on “Starving for Attention

  1. says:

    Read this in 1982 1984This is a good book and memorable just because it is so awful I found Cherry's lack of insight extremely disturbing and creepy while at the same time I did not judge or blame her for her disease and I certainly sympathized with her disease What I remember regarding this book is a heartfelt memoir of having an Eating Disorder and a whole lot of Self Blame She seemed to blame herself for not being perfect enough for her inept doctors inability to diagnose her she saw no problem in their praise of her for losing weight when she was able to lose enough weight to be noticed and conforming to their standards She implies that she needed or required the forgiveness of Jesus or God to recover and laments the grief she caused her father Knowing nothing else about her father I hated him based on Cherry's groveling words regarding him Who should read this I think I would only say folks like me who are compelled by memoirs about Eating Disorders I wouldn't actually recommend it for those suffering and not ready yet for recovery because it might be triggering It is a sad book to me I think she ends it on a slightly desperate sounding everything is fine now because I found Jesus and my Daddy loves me note


  2. says:

    Detailed highly disturbing and very accurate account of one woman's experience deep deep in the throes of anorexia and bulimia O'Neill is so honest her obsession so shockingly bizarre that it makes for a painful read Fortunately there is a happy ending though it is an exhausting journey to get there And that's just for the reader


  3. says:

    1 I have a morbid fascination with anorexia memoirs 2 Cherry grew up in a home in which you couldn't lock doors and she was spanked as punishment until she was 18 3 When she got married her husband spanked her for punishment too


  4. says:

    In my quest to learn about what goes on in the mind of a sufferer of Anorexia Nervosa I turned to this book after it was mentioned in Little Girl Blue The Life of Karen Carpenter I didn't expect much out of this book but I was quite surprised at candid the author was about her illness It was the perfect follow up to Little Girl Blue in that now I was getting into the mind of the person who had the diseaseO'Neill tiptoed around her parents which was one part of the book I found disappointing In fact she gave a tantalizing tease later in the book when she talked about her therapy but again did not reveal any details I was not interested in seeing her parents trashed in public and it's obvious she loves her parents but family interaction plays such a role in the disease that it was a critical part of the story that was missingI finally understand what an anorexic sees in the mirror I never understood the whole distorted body image thing but O'Neill explained it very well And while I was somewhat familiar with the obsessions and rituals that anorexics go through with food having seen it in my own family I was shocked at the self abuse O'Neill imposed on herself It's a miracle she didn't suffer permanent health consequences from the things she did She spared no detail which made for some rough reading I learned a lot from reading itI was convinced that O'Neill wrote this book to help others Why else would you lay out your life in that way? It certainly was not going to do her reputation any good for people to know such intimidate details O'Neill had shared her manuscript with Karen Carpenter hoping it would help her and she also befriended CarpenterO'Neill's insights are sharp and clear I never felt like her story was self indulgent in any way Her husband came off as human struggling to understand the disease as she did They both however also came off as courageous and committed to O'Neill's recoveryDo not be put off because O'Neill is a Christian or because she is Pat Boone's daughter This is not squeaky clean reading by any means There is no miracle instead there is hard work failure and climbing back up the hill yet again to recoveryA key factor to O'Neill's recovery was her ability to turn her focus to others and away from herself A mission trip to Hawaii with her husband that was only supposed to last two months lasted two years and had an amazing healing effect This was no vacation there was a lot of hard work involved But that focus on the welfare of others really made a difference in her lifeI enjoyed hearing from her parents in their letters at the end of the book and especially from her husband Dan and her therapist Dr Vath Dan O'Neill employed the use of Elisabeth Kubler Ross' stages of grief for death or a terminal illness to describe his and Cherry's journey through anorexia It was most enlightening And Dr Vath provided much needed medical input which was easy to read and understandI recommend this book if you have a loved one with this terrible disease I have found it very helpful in deepening my understanding of my family member and our family in general


  5. says:

    Found this book cleaning up the guest bedroom bookshelves of my late grandmother who used to be a high school librarian I'd heard of Pat Boone his music even though he was waaay before my time or my parents' time but it was interesting to read on the life of his oldest daughter Cherry since as the oldest she's expected to be so perfect understandable since I'm an oldest child her dad wants the family to be good role models not just in the music entertainment world but also as part of the church community I read this during a time in my life when trying to find my own niche calling Cherry does a good job describing how she got thru that as well


  6. says:

    An old book written in the 1980's Book about anorexia as well as binging purging It was one of the first written at that time about this subject matter Author is the daughter of Pat Boone What was once hypothetical experimental when this book was written has now become the approved course of treatment for these diseases


  7. says:

    I've read almost every eating disorder memoir out there and this was one of my favorites


  8. says:

    A very open and honest look into life with an eating disorder and being the daughter of Pat Boone This is a very good book


  9. says:

    This was a good book to read to learn about eating disorders and about the control issue it seems to center around


  10. says:

    It was a inspiring to show everyone can get help with eating disorders No matter if your famous or not everyone needs help sometime