The author of a novel to help young people deal with anorexia says his message is a hopeful one - most people recover

When an eating disorder took hold of Samuel Pollen at the age of 12 he felt as if the bad cop within him was taking over. He says anorexia is like having a severe voice in your head that grows to be all-consuming, but is also separate from who you really are.

Now, aged 30, he is able to talk openly about his childhood experience. To help others he has written a book, The Year I Didn’t Eat, which chronicles 12 months in the life of fictional 14-year-old Max as he struggles with anorexia.

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26 March 2019