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California Author’s Book Tells of Family’s Struggles with Male Anorexia

William Zemba’s memoir of his anorexic brother reveals more than just a male suffering of a complex disorder.

North Hills, CA – WEBWIRE

No other book addresses so well the personal, situational and family aspects of male anorexia.

Anorexia nervosa knows no gender. For people who think the disorder impacts only women and girls, such statement would be shocking to them. They will find it hard to believe until they read the book “David and the Old Man” (WestBow Press, 2010).
“David and the Old Man” throws light on male anorexia, informing readers there is a widely unrecognized population that is in dire need of understanding and treatment. While it does not offer a clinically sophisticated approach to the disorder, it provides insights from one family’s experience with male anorexia.
The book reveals more than just a male suffering of anorexia nervosa. It reveals a strained relationship between a father (the Old Man) and a son (David) – a rift that almost tore a family of farmers apart. The creative and artistic son does not fit his stern father’s view of what it means to be a man, and the latter’s harsh and critical parenting caused the former to develop anorexia, much to the embarrassment of his family.
“David and the Old Man” also points out an obvious irony in a farming family where everyone is expected to contribute their share of work in the field. Readers could not help but think how someone in a farming family could ever develop anorexia nervosa. Perhaps a true-life account of male anorexia will tell them how.
Copies of “David and the Old Man” are available at Amazon and WestBow Press.
David and the Old Man
Written by William Zemba
Published by WestBow Press
Published date: October 18, 2010
Paperback price: $13.95
About the Author
William Zemba lives with his wife and three children in Santa Clarita Valley, California. They love to go boating, camping, fishing, and travel together as often as possible. For William, spending time with his family is a top priority and all of them, being outdoor enthusiasts, create a lot of fun. William runs a small contracting business with his wife’s help and they have been able to make a decent living for themselves. He enjoys long range saltwater sport fishing out of San Diego, California and driving with his wife, Marilyn, in her restored 1957 Ford Ranchero.

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