Imagine struggling with anorexia for seven years and finding yourself in the hospital weighing 56 pounds at 20 years old. Your parents are planning your funeral, and you are given little chance to live.
Fast-forward one year. You are now 221 pounds and obese.
Safety in Numbers: From 56 to 221 Pounds, My Battle with Eating Disorders is Brittany Burgunder's raw and captivating memoir of her 10-year battle with three forms of severe eating disorders -- anorexia, binge eating, and bulimia. Taken from her extensive journals, she shares her uncensored and disturbing story of fear, sadness, chaos, disbelief, and darkness. In the end, though, her first-person account gives a message of hope and triumph.
Safety in Numbers is a brutally honest and unique account highlighting a profound struggle at both ends of the weight spectrum with eating disorders. Brittany's battle shows that a happy and healthy life is possible no matter how hopeless the situation may seem. It provides a firsthand look into an unthinkable journey that will mesmerize, move, and inspire readers. Ultimately, it is a story of survival and strength -- no matter what the struggle.
About the Author
Brittany Burgunder is a psychology student at Cal Poly and enjoys playing tennis and riding horses. She looks to inspire others to believe in and love themselves above all else.
Triggering, but Admirable
I guess I should’ve known by the title that this would be a number-heavy (no pun intended) book. I feel like the subtitle of lowest to highest weight mirrors pro ana stat sharing as a way to gage severity. I made the mistake of thinking this book would be helpful for my anorexia recovery but I couldn’t have been more wrong. I adore Brittany and her current activism but this book was beyond triggering. It completely sparked the competitive edge of my eating disorder. I decided that I didn’t want to recover until I could reach her bmi (only to want to get lower). I felt ashamed that I’d not reached achievements such as tennis or education with a “”less severe”” ED.
That being said, it’s just one persons story and I admire the bravery it takes to confront it and publish it. Numbers can help non-ED people realize the constant thinking and distortions, however it can perpetuate a stigma and is extremely harmful to those in recovery.
In conclusion, I imagine it was therapeutic for Brittany and I’m happy for her, however I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone.