Former Model Ron Saxen Releases “The Good Eater: The True Story of One Man’s Struggle with Binge Eating Disorder”

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First ever memoir on Binge Eating Disorder written from a male perspective

The Good Eater: The True Story of One Man’s Struggle with Binge Eating Disorder

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Former male model Ron Saxen ( today announced the release of his heavily anticipated book, "The Good Eater: The True Story of One Man’s Struggle with Binge Eating Disorder" (March 2007, New Harbinger). In "The Good Eater," the first ever memoir on Binge Eating Disorder (BED) written from a male perspective, Saxen breaks the silence about his decades-long struggle with this potentially life-threatening disease.

A recent survey conducted jointly by Harvard Medical School and McLean Psychiatric Hospital revealed that Binge Eating Disorder is by far the most common eating disorder in the United States. In fact, BED is estimated to affect an astounding 15 million Americans, which makes it more common than both anorexia and bulimia combined. What is not widely known is that an estimated 40% of individuals suffering from BED are male.

"The Good Eater" chronicles Saxen’s lifelong struggle with body image and his tumultuous relationship with food. As a young child, Saxen learned to soothe the anxiety of a chaotic childhood with a steady stream of food. Using food as a coping mechanism to deal with a harsh disciplinarian father, Saxen experienced the humiliation and ridicule associated with being overweight in his teenage years.

By the age of 21, however, Saxen hit his target weight of 178 by punishing his body with brutal workouts lasting several hours fueled only by black coffee.

Saxen then found himself signed with a tiny California modeling agency and launched a highly promising career, walking the runway for elite designers and appearing in glamorous fashion spreads. He was headed for a future of bright lights and brighter possibilities – but a dark turn of events would leave him working for minimum wage in a coffee shop and dodging his agent, six months later and 70 pounds heavier.

BED led Saxen to gain nearly 100 pounds in one short year, destroying his modeling career and threatening his health and sanity. "The Good Eater" details Ron Saxen’s plunge into binge eating, dangerous starvation diets, drug use, and a roller coaster of odd careers, destructive relationships, and personal tragedies.

“My primary objective in writing this book is to bring greater awareness and attention to how common and how mentally and physically debilitating BED is,” said Saxen. “I’m hoping that people across the country who have been suffering in silence, or weren’t even aware that they might have this awful disease, can learn to confront the disorder and seek help. My goal is to change the way people think about eating disorders and see to it that those that need help get it.”

"The Good Eater: The True Story of One Man’s Struggle With Binge Eating Disorder" is now available at, Barnes & Noble and other fine retailers from New Harbinger Publishing.

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