In the story hunger author Anne Lamott introduces herself and her struggle with food addiction and her battle with eating disorders that she suffered in the early part of her life. In this story she talks about her life how she was growing up, her personal obsession with food, her battle with alcoholism, and addiction to eating. Lamott in the short story hunger also covers her struggle for life with the eating disorder bulimia.
The author throughout her story learns that her addiction and her battle with alcoholism were only symptoms of deeper lying problems, and eventually the manner in which she overcame all of that against all odds. The road was not simple but as you read the story “Hunger” and you connect with the author and her struggle then you really sees how hard the battle really was, not only did she overcome all of her disorders and addictions but she had a new lease on life, she learned to live once more. Lamott’s problems according to her story began at the age of thirteen when she was a mere 100 lbs. hich is for the most part average. Lamott’s eating disorder caused her to in the course of one year gain 30 Lbs. Now at the age of 14 she struggled for the following ten years with her weight. Her weight over the years fluctuated rising and dropping she had tried everything dieting, binging, starving, purging until years later developing a very serious life threatening eating disorder. Years later it was not just a matter of doing it on impulse t had become a way of life she was now a victim to this mental disease of eating disorders.
Upon learning that her father was diagnosed with brain cancer she turned to bulimia. In bulimia, eating binges may occur as often as several times a day for many months. People with bulimia often eat large amounts of high-calorie foods, usually in secret. People can feel a lack of control over their eating during these episodes. Binges lead to self-disgust, which causes purging to prevent weight gain. Purging may include; forcing you to vomit, Excessive exercise, Using laxatives, enemas, or diuretics (water pills).
Purging often brings a sense of relief since they feel that since they ingested so much unwanted food that once purged it is out of their bodies and it will not make them gain any weight problem being that essential nutrients and water exit the body in the process bringing about other problems. People with bulimia are often at a normal weight, but they may see themselves as being overweight. Because the person’s weight is often normal, other people may not notice this eating disorder.
When she found bulimia she felt that she had found the answers to all of her problems with her food obsession but this was not the case. Upon finding her crutch she was faced with a whole other laundry list of problems that she did not anticipate. Lamott started having problems with her heart as a result of losing so much water and electrolytes in such a short period of time, at times her heart would race while at others it would skip a beat this driving her to be scared all the time coupled with a feeling of self-loathing did not make for good side effects.
Upon experiencing these problems Lamott then went into a long and deep depression. Lamott then made a very wise decision to end her problem with alcoholism by quitting alcohol, upon quitting alcohol her life changed. Day by day Lamott started feeling healthier in every way. I believe that her alcoholism was like an anchor to Lamott and that in a way it was holding her back, holding her down from ever making any progress and trying to get better from her diseases.
One quote that showed a lot about Lamott that I am going to include is “I felt that when I got sober, god had saved me from drowning, but now I was going to get kicked to death on the beach. It’s so much hipper to be a drunk than a bulimic” Pg. 223 Dreams and Inward Journeys. I believe these shows a lot about her character she greatly values what people think about her if she is willing to accept alcoholism but she is ashamed of her eating disorder because of the stigma that our society has put on the pursuit of perfection and what a perfect body should be.
Also in the story she would be saved but once onshore they would kick her to death I believe that the author with this was making a reference to feeling the guilt or being overwhelmed by people making her feel bad about the decisions she had made in her life. Or even that people were going to cast her away that a stigma about this would maker not fit in with the societal norms. Lamott reaches out to an eating disorder specialist Rita Grozmann, who shows her that she has a choice that she does not have to give into her urges to purge, and binge.
Essentially she shows Lamott to experience hunger and to eat when she needs to, I believe it was more important than helping her overcomes her eating disorder but Grozmann showed Lamott how to make decisions for herself and to enjoy life. Before Grozmann helped Lamott, Lamott would only eat when others would or when it was time to but never just when she felt/experienced hunger. I believe Grozmann showed her more than just how to eat but she showed her how to live again and to enjoy life.
Of course Grozmann by helping her in that manner helped the author overcome her eating disorder and gave her a second chance in life, a second chance to go out and experience all that she has missed. Putting what she learned from Grozmann to use the story comes to a conclusion that she was going to start over in life and that she would practice all that she had learned in order to live a rich and happy life without her eating disorder. In conclusion Lamott may have had a few obstacles that she had to overcome, the alcoholism, the bulimia, and the addiction to food but she had deeper lying problems that were not as easy to recognize.
Once she accepted the fact that she was not happy with her life and that there needed to be a change then her life changed, first ridding herself of her alcoholism problem which motivated her to continue to change her life for the better. After meeting Rita Grozmann the eating disorder specialist she then focused on ridding herself of her bulimia and her problem with binge eating. Upon spending time with Grozmann and learning how to eat and what I means to be hungry she overcame her addiction with food and her unhealthy habits purging herself after she ate (bulimia) bringing her life back in balance and thus giving her a new lease on life.
Even though she had many problems I believe that it is most important to be happy with your life no matter how bad things are there is always a way to fix them it is nothing but a matter of exercising ones possibilities and having the will to do so. The author transforms herself for the better over the course of her life learning to eat once again and learning to live a normal life without ever returning to any of her addictions.