Author Guest Post with Virginia Macgregor, Plus Giveaway!

wishbones

Male Anorexia

It was in my first teaching post that I came across male anorexia. I observed a boy I taught growing thinner and thinner. I remember him mentioning to me, proudly, how he’d spent a whole week surviving on nothing but a box of cereal: he could recite exactly how many calories there were in that 500g box of cornflakes.

This experience stayed with me for years and when I came to write Wishbones, I thought of it again and knew that I wanted to explore the important issue of male-anorexia through my novel.

There are currently 10 million men suffering from eating disorders in the US and many more who remain undiagnosed because men are more reluctant to come forward and to seek help. We have a long way to go in understanding and supporting boys and men who suffer from anorexia: many people still associate eating disorders with girls and women and men often find it hard to talk about their eating problems and harder still ask for help. That is what inspired me to write the character of Clay in Wishbones.

In my research I found a wonderful UK charity, which offers information and support, called Men Get Eating Disorders Too: http://mengetedstoo.co.uk. There’s also a great book by Jenny Langley called, Boys Get Anorexia Too with an associated website: www.boyanorexia.com.

It’s my belief that only when we work to understand the psychological factors behind eating disorders will we be able to help people to lead healthier, happier lives and to develop a positive relationship to food.

The National Eating Disorders Association (www.nationaleatingdisorders.org) also has some helpful resources for men suffering from anorexia. It provides a list of characteristics, which can help us identify signs of anorexia in boys and men – I have copied these below.

Helping people with eating disorders is notoriously difficult because it is such a psychological condition, one often wrapped in secrecy and self-deception and a tendency for the sufferer to isolate him or herself. Nevertheless, I do believe that if we keep our eyes and our hearts open to those who might be struggling around us, like Feather does in my novel, we can go a long way in supporting those who struggle with their relationship to food and to their bodies.

If you are struggling with an eating disorder yourself, I urge you to seek help from a teacher, parent, family member, friend or, if this is too hard, do go to one of the many online resources: it is scary to open up about what is going on in your life but your life is infinitely precious and I promise that with time and support, things can get better.

Behavioral Characteristics:

  • Excessive dieting, fasting, restricted diet

  • Food rituals

  • Preoccupation with body building, weight lifting, or muscle toning

  • Compulsive exercise

  • Difficulty eating with others, lying about eating

  • Frequently weighing self

  • Preoccupation with food

  • Focus on certain body parts; e.g., buttocks, thighs, stomach

  • Disgust with body size or shape

  • Distortion of body size; i.e., feels fat even though others tell him he is already

    very thin

    Emotional and Mental Characteristics:

  • Intense fear of becoming fat or gaining weight

  • Depression

  • Social isolation

  • Strong need to be in control

  • Rigid, inflexible thinking, “all or nothing”

  • Decreased interest in sex or fears around sex

  • Possible conflict over gender identity or sexual orientation

  • Low sense of self-worth—uses weight as a measure of worth

  • Difficulty expressing feelings

  • Perfectionistic -- strives to be the neatest, thinnest, smartest, etc.

  • Difficulty thinking clearly or concentrating

  • Irritability, denial -- believes others are overreacting to his low weight or

    caloric restriction

  • Insomnia

Physical Characteristics:

  • Low body weight (15% or more below what is expected for age, height, activity level)

  • Lack of energy, fatigue

  • Muscular weakness

  • Decreased balance, unsteady gait

  • Lowered body temperature, blood pressure, pulse rate

  • Tingling in hands and feet

  • Thinning hair or hair loss

  • Lanugo (downy growth of body hair)

  • Heart arrhythmia

  • Lowered testosterone levels 

 

 

Meet Virginia Macgregor!

 

 

Virginia Macgregor is currently Head of Creative Writing at Wellington College. Her debut novel WHAT MILO SAW was published by Sphere in hardback in July 2014 to rave reviews. Sphere have just signed a deal for two further adult novels from Virginia, to be published in 2017 and 2018.

 

Meet Wishbones!

 Feather Tucker has two wishes:

1)To get her mum healthy again

2) To win the Junior UK swimming championships

When Feather comes home on New Year’s Eve to find her mother – one of Britain’s most obese women- in a diabetic coma, she realises something has to be done to save her mum’s life. But when her Mum refuses to co-operate Feather realises that the problems run deeper than just her mum’s unhealthy appetite.

Over time, Feather’s mission to help her Mum becomes an investigation. With the help of friends old and new, and the hindrance of runaway pet goat Houdini, Feather’s starting to uncover when her mum’s life began to spiral out of control and why. But can Feather fix it in time for her mum to watch her swim to victory? And can she save her family for good?

 

Wishbones

By: Virginia Macgregor

Release Date: May 23, 2017 

*GIVEAWAY DETAILS* 

 
   One winner will receive a copy of Wishbones. US only. 
 
 

*Click the Rafflecopter link below to enter the giveaway*

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Rate this blog entry:
It's Live!! Cover Reveal: A Taxonomy of Love by Ra...
Giveaway: HAUNT ME (US & Canada)

Related Posts

 

Comments 6

Dianna G. on Saturday, 10 June 2017 22:46

The cover isn't very impressive, and doesn't make me think of the story line as described in the summary. The synopsis sounds good though. This is a very important topic.

0
The cover isn't very impressive, and doesn't make me think of the story line as described in the summary. The synopsis sounds good though. This is a very important topic.
Aireanna Lesch on Friday, 23 June 2017 11:43

ok. First of all..IT HAS A GOAT IN IT!!!!!!!! I really like the topic that this book addresses although the cover of the book kinda confuses me.

0
ok. First of all..IT HAS A GOAT IN IT!!!!!!!! I really like the topic that this book addresses although the cover of the book kinda confuses me. :)
Danielle Lynn on Saturday, 08 July 2017 12:31

I think the cover is pretty simple but I do like the way the "wishes" are in the shape of a wishbone. Although, "wishes" remind me more of a dandelion than a feather. But I can see why the author chose the feather. . . Since the main character's name is Feather.

The concept of the book is a serious topic and while I tend to stay away from books like this, I think this would be a good read .

0
I think the cover is pretty simple but I do like the way the "wishes" are in the shape of a wishbone. Although, "wishes" remind me more of a dandelion than a feather. But I can see why the author chose the feather. . . Since the main character's name is Feather. The concept of the book is a serious topic and while I tend to stay away from books like this, I think this would be a good read .
Danielle Hammelef on Saturday, 08 July 2017 15:57

I like the way the main character is represented on the cover with the large feather and small bird "wishes" are blowing from it. This book sounds unlike any I've read before and will be emotional to read.

0
I like the way the main character is represented on the cover with the large feather and small bird "wishes" are blowing from it. This book sounds unlike any I've read before and will be emotional to read.
Penny Olson on Sunday, 09 July 2017 01:03

The story sounds really important and interesting. I like the symbolism in the cover.

0
The story sounds really important and interesting. I like the symbolism in the cover.
Kelly G on Sunday, 09 July 2017 20:56

This sounds like such a great book, and that cover is so simple yet pretty!

0
This sounds like such a great book, and that cover is so simple yet pretty!

FEATURED GIVEAWAYS

Latest Book Listings Added

Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race
Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden were...
 
4.3
 
0.0 (0)
Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World
"Well-behaved women seldom make history." —Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Pulitzer Prize-winning...
 
4.7
 
0.0 (0)
Fairy Mom and Me
From the bestselling author of the Shopaholic series and the...
 
4.5
 
0.0 (0)
Picture Us in the Light
Danny Cheng has always known his parents have secrets. But...
 
4.7
 
0.0 (0)
Time Tracers
Twelve-year-old Taj Carter is on a high-stakes mission to track...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Screenshot
Skye's social media game is always on point. Until her...
 
3.3
 
0.0 (0)
Better Together (Heartwood Hotel, #3)
Spring has come to Fernwood Forest, and the Heartwood Hotel...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Sky in the Deep
A 2018 Most Anticipated Young Adult book that is...
 
5.0
 
5.0 (1)
Devils Unto Dust
Keep together. Keep your eyes open. Keep your wits...
 
4.7
 
0.0 (0)
All The Things We Lost
After her mother’s death, eighteen-year-old Katie finds herself in...
 
3.5
 
0.0 (0)
White Rabbit
Caleb Roehrig, author of Last Seen Leaving, delivers another...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
The Worst Fairy Godmother Ever!
Q: What do you need to become a great fairy...
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Ada: Aegis Default
Newly famous and burdened with responsibility, Ada Anand has to...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Ada: Solstice Volition
When Ada Anand is given a very special gift for...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Drum Roll, Please
Find the confidence to rock out to your own beat...
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Ignite
Four strangers. Four powerful elements. To survive a ruthless...
 
3.5
 
5.0 (1)

Latest Member Reviews

Abhorsen (Abhorsen #3)
 
4.0
"Picking up right where book #2’s cliffhangery ending left off, Garth Nix brings us the satisfying conclusion to his Abhorsen..."
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race
 
4.3
"“… with hard work, perseverance, and a love of math, anything was possible.” Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson,..."
Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World
 
4.7
"“Women and girls have been sharing things up for a long time, resisting those who would box them in.” ..."
The Queen Of The Tearling (The Tearling Trilogy, #1)
 
4.0
"An exceptional middle-fantasy debut, keyed to a New Adult audience. Kelsea is an unremarkable orphaned girl, long kept..."
The Selection
 
5.0
" The Selection by Kiera Cass is unlike any book I’ve ever read. Reminiscent of The Bachelor in setup, but..."
Fairy Mom and Me
 
4.5
"Ella has the coolest mom ever because she's a fairy. Magic and all. The best part? Ella will be a..."
Picture Us in the Light
 
4.7
"Danny Cheng appears to have it all--a tight-knit group of friends, a full ride to his school of choice, artistic..."
Oshun Rising: Trinity Forest Book 2
 
4.0
"The story: Ember Trouve, missing for three years in Trinity Forest, has been “rebirthed”, in the form of a..."
Time Tracers
 
5.0
"Taj is confused when he wakes up to what's supposed to be the first day of summer break, but instead,..."
Screenshot
 
3.3
"Asha, Emma, and Skye have been best friends for years, but things have been different lately. Skye is only worried..."
Better Together (Heartwood Hotel, #3)
 
5.0
"When Mr. Heartwood takes a break, Mona the maid feels like she needs to step up to make sure nothing..."
Stealing Liberty
 
5.0
"This is a book that you wish you could just sit down and read without interruption! Keeps you..."
Same But Different: Teen Life on the Autism Express
 
4.3
"SAME BUT DIFFERENT by twins Ryan Elizabeth Peete & RJ Peete is told in alternating narratives and loosely based on..."
The Worst Fairy Godmother Ever!
 
4.0
"Isabelle is a fairy-godmother-in-training and is so nervous that she's going to wind up being terrible like her mother was...."
Drum Roll, Please
 
4.0
"Even though Melly was forced to go to Camp Rockaway, it's just the escape she needs. Her parents are getting..."
Everless (Everless #1)
 
5.0
"Everless was my first read of the year and I do indeed feel guilty for reviewing it just now. The..."
Lifeline
 
4.0
"Eli has it all until he falls prey to the addiction of drugs. His last use of heroin nearly kills..."
Stealing Liberty
 
5.0
"Need an adventure to get lost in? Read this book!! It is gripping from beginning to end with..."
Stealing Liberty
 
4.7
"I am amazed as to how versatile Jennifer Froelich is as an author. Each book is so creative and unique..."
Stealing Liberty
 
5.0
"Hidden underneath the rubble and remains of a burned out school library, lies a treasure - a real library that..."