From memoirs to self-help guides, learn about anorexia and bulimia resources

An estimated 10 million women and one million men in the United States suffer from an eating disorder, according to the Eating Disorder Foundation. If you’re seeking help for yourself or someone you care about, talk with an expert.

In addition, we recommend the following books and DVDs:

  • “Letting Ana Go” tells the story of a girl who seems to have it all. But as she struggles with meeting expectations, she turns to controlling food as a way to take charge of her life. Weight loss comes to mean success, all documented in a moving diary that reveals the toll and tragedy of eating disorders. Learn more about “Letting Ana Go”
  • “Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia (P.S.)” is a fascinating memoir by best-selling author Marya Hornbacher. In it, she reveals how she first fight to lose weight – and then battled to recover. It’s a stark, insightful journey through the looking glass of eating disorders. Learn more about “Wasted: A Memoir”
  • What happens when a woman specializing in documentaries and photography explores life within an eating disorders treatment facility? The answer is “Thin,” an exploration into the lives of brave girls and women who revealed their stories in hopes of helping others. Included with their personal stories are essays on the sociology and science of eating disorders by renowned researchers Joan Jacobs Brumberg, Dr. David Herzog, and Dr. Michael Strober. Learn more about “Thin” by clicking here. Also recommended: HBO’s original documentary showcasing those patients: Get the details on the DVD
  • “You can never be too rich or too thin” has become a familiar saying. But Susan Sarandon proves why the “too thin” element can be deadly in the documentary “Dying to Be Thin”
  • Discover how to know if a “problem” might be an eating disorder by clicking here for “Almost Anorexic: Is My (or My Loved One’s) Relationship with Food a Problem? (The Almost Effect).”
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Human Barbie Doll Subject of New Documentary

“Space Barbie.” The Real live Barbie Valeria Lukyanova has taken the internet and Youtube by storm for being able to transform herself into the American famous toy. She is unapologetically all girl and not just another pretty face. “I like everything beautiful, feminine and refined, and it just do happens that is what dolls are based on,” says Lukyanova.

The controversy

Known around the world, the Ukranian model went from Youtube to Jezzebel and V magazine spreads. The human barbie’s smallish features and fixed stare helped photographers to transform “the look.” What took everyone by surprise is the doll-like appearance actually looks as if she is the plastic proto-type.

The extreme image made people wonder what the real life person must be like on the inside, especially in an age when individuality and a person’s quirks are what make the person. Some feminist abhor the Barbie doll and the “cookie-cutter” image and what it represents.

Did she or didn’t she

The rumor mill has run mad with stories about rib removal, breast augmentation, and plastic surgeries, but the doll-faced girl swears it’s all makeup and some studies may touchup the pictures just a bit to add to her image of doll-like.

Spiritual one-tank trip

Space Barbie. The “Human Barbie Doll” has another side, her spiritual side using the Barbie-look to draw attention to the enlightenment of being.

“I am a lecturer on the subject of out-of-body experience. I am a beautiful, inspiring young woman talking about spirituality and you can see what people choose to focus on. People hear and see what they want to. I have a vast amount of work to do on myself. When people think they’ve reached perfection that is when the degradation begins.”

Her homemade spiritual advice videos on Youtube add a few makeup tips, and it’s easy to look beyond her alien-like appearance. She has an enormous following, for just the numbers of “haters” in her closet she has just as many supporters.

Human Barbie Doll holds the record for most money spent on cosmetic surgery

Is it live or is it Memorex

The Human Barbie even does a séance in her documentary to prove her remote skills, with her real life friends she refers to as “soulmates.” At one point the groups resorts to a bird whistling technique that Lukyanoya says aligns you with your spiritual DNA.

Has the “plasticity” gone to her head

She’s been to a psychiatrist she claims to check on the “voices” in her head, and visions of other planets. “He said I was very lucky, anyone else would have taken me to the “special place.”

The Human Barbie has a sister Olga, “I never thought my sister would be called a Barbie. She’s always had this doll-like look, but a doll in associated with an unintelligent person, and my sister is very intelligent and interesting to talk to.”

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‘Bachelor’ spoilers: Who is the next ‘Bachelorette’ 2014?

“Bachelor” spoilers have been all over the internet greatly in part to Reality Steve who loves to give fans the 411 long before the season ends. One of the spoilers involves the next “Bachelorette” and on Feb. 24, Hollywood Life reported who that is rumored to be. Apparently Andi Dorfman will take the helm — she and Juan Pablo will not end up together (in case you didn’t read the finale spoilers).

The selection of Andi has a lot of fans in an uproar — while a lot of people liked her on “The Bachelor,” most don’t see her as “The Bachelorette” and were really hoping for some “fresh meat” so to speak.

“Bachelor” spoilers revealed who Juan Pablo chooses at the end of this season but also what will happen moving forward with the popular ABC franchise. Andi Dorfman will begin filming her season on March 11 or 12. According to the report, the “official” announcement will air on “After the Final Rose,” which isn’t anything new. And the fact that the news was spoiled? Also nothing new.

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