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textualcategory said: Bulimia can be non-purging if the individual excessively exercises or takes diet pills and/or laxatives to counteract eating periods. I would say she at least has disordered eating. I don’t think that’s what Conor was referencing, though.
Okay, well I was referencing bulimia nervosa involving binging and purging. Neely did not purge. She doesn’t have bulimia nervosa or anorexia nervosa… that’s what I meant by her not having a specific ED. Perhaps she did not have an ideal diet, yes. But I also don’t think Conor’s girl had an ED either, my main point.
Ok I finally read “Valley of the Dolls” a little while ago.. and here is my new interpretation of “Neely O’Hara” .. possibly some spoilers:
Neely doesn’t have an eating disorder..per se.. she doesn’t have bulimia that is for certain. She does takes diet pills (green dolls) and is concerned about her weight sometimes.. but I really do not think she would be diagnosed with an ED.
*besides* in “Neely O’Hara” by Bright Eyes, Conor says “like Neely O’Hara, you swallow your sleep” (ie take pills to sleep) …I think Conor’s girl is like Neely in that they both have an addiction to sleeping pills.. which is Neely’s main..problem. Neely is addicted to her “red dolls” aka sleeping pills aka Seconals (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secobarbital)
Also, I think he refers to his girl as being like Neely because “you are not who you used to be” and Neely changes a lot throughout the course of the novel. Her and Neely’s change could be attributed to the addiction (partially, at least for Neely)
Other than that, Neely only throws up once from withdrawal from her red dolls. Conor’s girl could throw up in the morning from a hangover?.. which Neely does suffer from as well because she could be classified as an alcoholic (“it helps the dolls work”) but over all, I don’t think Conor’s girl is like Neely because she throws up water or turns a pale yellow, but because she swallows her sleep and isn’t who she used to be. They are similar, but specifically in those two aspects.
Additionally.. Neely is a star and her work is what pressures her into her addictions.. possibly Conor’s girl was under the same kind of pressure? (musician/actress?) Just a wild guess…
Overall, very entertaining, yet depressing book.. I would recommend it, great read. Now I need to see the movie… I’m gonna make a follow up post with some passages that remind me of Conor lyrics.. once I remember how to do the “read more” thingy :p
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