Whatever The Cost
By Jenifer Beaudean
West Point. 1987. Jenifer Beaudean becomes a cadet in only the eleventh class to include women at the prestigious United States Military Academy. Whatever the Cost: One Woman's Battle to Find Peace with her Body details her struggle to assimilate into this bastion of male competition as she engages in the never-ending battle to make the uniform look good. Societal pressure, family comments, fashion imagery and the West Point quest for perfection all quickly evolves into an eating disorder. Finally, in 2002 her family intervenes. Whatever the Cost is the story of a remarkable journey that concludes with Jenifer's victory over her bulimia and a message of hope for all women. Jenifer Beaudean is a successful businesswoman focused primarily on marketing and corporate strategy.