We knew her as Carol Seaver on the hit show Growing Pains about the picture-perfect 80's family. Later, it came out that Tracey Gold was suffering from anorexia. After plummeting to 80 pounds and nearly dying, she was forced to leave the show, and enter rehab in 1992.
Tracey wrote a book about her traumatic and moving experience of her journey to recovery called Room to Grow: An Appetite for Life. In it, she describes her feelings and experiences with anorexia, and how she managed to survive through it.
She says, "My hope is that in sharing my experiences, battles and hard-earned knowledge, Room to Grow will be something people can turn to for help, a source of comfort and encouragement. It is for every sister, daughter, friend or boyfriend whose life has been touched by anorexia nervosa. This is my story. I hope it helps."
It's an inspirational story outlining the truth about women and the pressure they feel about their body image. Buy it through Amazon.
Ever wonder what a movie or TV show would be like if you could be the casting director? Well, every Wednesday on BuzzSugar, I'll be posting a Recast challenge, where I'll ask you to recast a classic TV show or movie for these modern times.
This week's challenge: "Growing Pains," the 1980s sitcom that will soon begin airing on Nick at Nite. Who could replicate the snarky charm of Dr. and Mrs. Seaver? What actors could play smart-aleck Mike, his sister Carol, and, of course, his friend Boner? Leave your entry us in the comment section below, and I'll pick one winner to feature next Tuesday, Jan. 23, complete with a "new" cast photo.
Characters to recast:
Dr. Jason Seaver
Richard 'Boner' Stabone