Shortly after her fourteenth birthday, Hadley Freeman stopped eating. From the age of fourteen to seventeen, she lived in various psychiatric wards with a diagnosis of anorexia nervosa.
Now, decades later, the award-winning Sunday Times columnist has written a book, Good Girls: A Story and Study of Anorexia, about her struggles with mental health and the insights she has gained. And on April 12 she comes to Intelligence Squared to address the complexities and misunderstandings surrounding anorexia. As she will argue, it isn’t really about the food. It’s about the fear of becoming a woman; it’s about the belief that you are supposed to be perfect; and it’s about creating a new, smaller world which has one simple rule: don’t eat.
In conversation with journalist and author Bari Weiss, Freedman will share her message that the present doesn’t have to be a life sentence and that ultimately life can be enjoyed.
‘For parents of girls with eating disorders, this is vital, revelatory, and deeply moving.’ – Caitlin Moran
‘Breaking the silence around eating disorders with piercing honesty.’ – Hugo Rifkind, Times columnist
Book bundles include one ticket for the online debate, plus a paperback copy of Good Girls: A Story and Study of Anorexia by Hadley Freeman with free UK P&P. Books will be posted within 1-2 weeks of the event finishing. Click here to purchase a book bundle.