Bu­limia sur­vivor’s e-book a best­seller

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By DIANA WOR­THY

A for­mer bu­limia sufferer is re­cov­er­ing from the sur­prise of her first e-book soar­ing to the top of its cat­e­gory on Ama­zon’s best­seller lists.

Wai­heke Is­land artist Emma Wright says she is thrilled to see her kin­dle book Feel Good Fri­day: 40 Un­ex­pected Ways To Feel Good About Your Life tagged as a best­seller in Ama­zon’s ‘self help per­sonal growth’ and ‘spir­i­tual, eat­ing dis­or­der’ cat­e­gories.

‘‘It was on May 4 when I saw it on Ama­zon. First thing in the morn­ing it was num­ber 3, two hours later it was num­ber 1.

‘‘I rang my hus­band, Graeme. We had a sort of cel­e­bra­tion but our lit­tle chil­dren, aged 3 and 5, still had to be clothed and fed.’’

The book is a com­pi­la­tion of ex­panded ar­ti­cles the Oneroa res­i­dent wrote for a blog she started a year and a half ago Fri­day.

She says it started out as a way for peo­ple to un­der­stand the mes­sages be­hind her paint­ings but she no­ticed they were start­ing to connect bet­ter with the writ­ten word.

Her ar­ti­cles on the blog fo­cus on the power of self-love in life’s ev­ery­day jour­ney.

Wright says many of her in­sights came from a per­sonal strug­gle of around 20 years with the eat­ing dis­or­der bu­limia, which was only re­solved when she stopped fight­ing it.

Suf­fer­ers of the dis­or­der typ­i­cally gorge on large amounts of food and then make them­selves vomit.

Wright first started when she was 14.

Her par­ents thought it was a ‘‘ teenage age thing I’d grow out of’’.

‘‘I felt very help­less and em­bar­rassed and frus­trated. I re­mem­ber think­ing, ‘If I can just sort this out, ev­ery­thing


Feel Good will be all right’.

‘‘I al­ways felt like I had to battle it, each binge would be the ‘last’ more.’’

But a change in men­tal



eat even at­ti­tude was what fi­nally got her through, once she re­alised it was bet­ter to em­brace her body, Wright says.

She started telling her­self that be­ing bu­limic was part of who she was and, soon, things didn’t taste as good.

‘‘The dis­or­der lost its power when I wasn’t fight­ing it,’’ she says.

Her book, edited by US Dr Libby edi­tor Caro­line Web­ster, is de­scribed on Ama­zon as a salve for the things life throws at us.

She says it is not specif­i­cally about bu­limia but has been in­flu­enced by that ex­pe­ri­ence.

Wright says ev­ery­one has the same per­sonal power to change things but most don’t re­alise it.

‘‘We can all leave the world in bet­ter shape than when we came into it.’’

Now she is writ­ing a fol­lowup as well as ready­ing art­work and work­ing with pho­tog­ra­pher Peter Rees for the is­land’s Win­ter Arts Fes­ti­val.


Artist Emma Wright is ex­cited her e-book is best­seller in two cat­e­gories for kin­dle on Ama­zon.

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