Parents-to-be, listen up. Bloomberg News reports a middle-income family will spend $241,080 to raise a child born in 2012. That’s a 2.6 percent increase from just last year and outstrips the rate of inflation. But that’s just one consideration when planning to start or expand a family. PRI’s The World is collaborating with stations nationwide to examine family size and we take our turn when Charlotte Talks.

Harriet Brown's daughter was diagnosed with anorexia at age 14 and nearly died because of it. At 4-foot-11 and weighing 71 pounds, she saw herself as fat. She was starving herself, exercising obsessively, her relationship with food was complex - she was terrified by a slice of cake. "Faced with a plate of food, the demon inside my daughter bargained, cried, lashed out." Brown talks about that demon that tormented their family in her memoir Brave Girl Eating, a story of pain, frustration, hospitalization, treatment, relapse and recovery. While she's in Charlotte for an event with Teen Health Connection, she joins us, along with medical experts, to share her story, discuss the causes, prevention and treatments of eating disorders as well as some of the myths and stereotypes and the importance of family-based treatment.