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1. Sexual Anorexia: Overcoming Sexual
2. Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and
3. The Anorexia Workbook: How to
4. Answers to Anorexia: A Breakthrough
5. Treatment Manual for Anorexia
6. Biting Anorexia: A Firsthand Account
7. Brave Girl Eating: A Family's
8. Beyond the Looking Glass: Daily
9. Anatomy of Anorexia
10. Anorexia Nervosa: A Guide to Recovery
11. Fasting Girls: The History of
12. Perfect: Anorexia and Me
13. Holy Anorexia
14. 100 Questions & Answers About
15. Skinny Boy: A Young Man's Battle
16. Insatiable: A Young Mother's Struggle
17. Empty: A Story of Anorexia
18. Feeding Anorexia: Gender and Power
19. Demystifying Anorexia Nervosa:
20. Understanding Eating Disorders:

1. Sexual Anorexia: Overcoming Sexual Self-Hatred
by Patrick CarnesPh.D., Joseph Moriarity
Paperback: 420 Pages (1997-05-13)
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Asin: 1568381441
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Here is a first-time examination of sexual anorexia: theextreme fear of sexual intimacy and obsessive avoidance of sex.Patric Carnes, the acknowledged leader in the treatment of compulsivesexual behavior, examines its causes, then describes concrete tasksand plans for exploring intimacy and restoring healthy sexuality. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (12)

4-0 out of 5 stars sexual anorexia over coming self hatered
I had never heard of this problem before. It is basically a detachment disorder. It is like a young neglected child that can not bond.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sex addiction
Very informative, enlightening, recommended by therapist, very worthwhile information for addicts and spouses of addicts

5-0 out of 5 stars Necessary for couples who are unable to share intimacy
This is a textbook about sexual anorexia, which is a condition that causes a person to fear intimacy to the point of incredible pain.It contains a plan for recovery, and certainly is a place to begin to grapple with such a sensitive and important part of life.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sexual Anoerxia
Excellent, well written, professional, innovative book about a difficult subject. Easy to read and understand.

4-0 out of 5 stars Riveting
I haven't finished this yet, but the author tackles this subject in a way that makes the book hard to put down.I am confident I will get a lot out of this read. ... Read more

2. Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia (P.S.)
by Marya Hornbacher
Paperback: 320 Pages (2006-02-01)
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Asin: 0060858796
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Why would a talented young woman enter into a torrid affair with hunger, drugs, sex, and death? Through five lengthy hospital stays, endless therapy, and the loss of family, friends, jobs, and all sense of what it means to be "normal," Marya Hornbacher lovingly embraced her anorexia and bulimia -- until a particularly horrifying bout with the disease in college put the romance of wasting away to rest forever. A vivid, honest, and emotionally wrenching memoir, Wasted is the story of one woman's travels to reality's darker side -- and her decision to find her way back on her own terms.

Amazon.com Review
"I fell for the great American dream, female version, hook, line, andsinker," Marya Hornbacher writes. "I, as many young women do, honest-to-God believedthat once I Just Lost a Few Pounds, suddenly I would be a New You, I wouldhave Ken-doll men chasing my thin legs down with bouquets of flowers on thestreet, I would become rich and famous and glamorous and lose my freckles andbecome blond and five foot ten." Hornbacher describes in shocking detail herlifelong quest to starve herself to death, to force her short, athletic bodyto fade away. She remembers telling a friend, at age 4, that shewas on a diet. Her bizarre tale includes not only the usual puking and starving, but also being confined to mental hospitals and growing fur (aphenomenon called lanugo, which nature imposes to keep a body from freezing todeath during periods of famine). ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars excellent book, tragic story
This is the tale of an intelligent, thoughtful, considerate young woman who nonetheless falls prey over and over again to her disorder. This book leaves the reader hoping very much that Ms. Hornbacher will be able to turn the massive amount of brainpower that goes into a book as stunningly evocative and effecting as this one to healing her own disorder.

The best book on E.D. out there.

3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting but way too wordy
I really did like this book but it is SO wordy and I feel like it is too wordy to be a memoir.It is obvious she is very intelligent but it has a little too much fluff for such an intense topic. Plus she definitely contradicts herself a lot which irritates me.

5-0 out of 5 stars brilliant
This memoir is absolutely spellbinding - the elegant writing and deep-found intelligence of the author make this true story impossible to put down. Particularly for those who have suffered from eating disorders, Hornbacher's brutal honesty and courage in addressing such a taboo issue and emotional state are not only relatable but inspiring - may you find solstice in her words.

2-0 out of 5 stars Pathological
This book has the feel of someone boasting about just how bad and pathological she was.In reality, she was not recovered and was still in the grips of her eating disordered thoughts and mindset. (Significant personality pathology as well). Warning to those who are easily triggered--this book is not right for you.This book could be useful for professionals wanting to get an "insider" perspective of someone with severe symptoms.However, would not recommend this book for eating disordered sufferers who need to recover.This book would likely set you backwards.

5-0 out of 5 stars wasted
This book was so very honest that I made my twin sister read it to have some understanding about myED. My own husband did not even know I had an ED for years until I left him a letter on the dinner table one night. I wish I had Marya's Strength. This book can be a trigger and I found myself reading certain parts over and over again just not to feel alone when I was re-living the same habbits of this horrible disease that she was. I like to think That I have recovered and I still pull "Wasted" off the book shelf once on a while and re-read it. I am thankful for Marya's complete honesty no matter how ugly it gets because I was able to just hand this book to my family and give them a sense of understanding. ... Read more

3. The Anorexia Workbook: How to Accept Yourself, Heal Your Suffering, and Reclaim Your Life (New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook)
by Michelle Heffner, Georg H.Eifert
Paperback: 200 Pages (2004-05)
list price: US$21.95 -- used & new: US$11.99
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Asin: 1572243627
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Use the New and Effective Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to:
· Accept Your Thoughts and Change Your Behavior
· Cope with Critical Self-Talk Using Powerful Mindfulness Techniques
· Choose to Live a Healthy Life

Despite ever-widening media attention and public awareness of theproblem, American women continue to suffer from anorexia nervosa ingreater numbers than ever before. This severe psychophysiologicalcondition—characterized by an abnormal fear of becoming obese, apersistent unwillingness to eat, and severe compulsion to loseweight—is particularly difficult to treat, often because thevictims are unwilling to seek out help.This book uses innovative newtechniques based on a revolutionary model of psychotherapy calledacceptance and commitment therapy, or ACT, to teach readers thatefforts to control and stop anorexia may do more harm thangood. Instead of focusing efforts on judging impulses associated withthe disorder as "bad" or "negative," this approachencourages sufferers to mindfully observe these feelings withoutreacting to them in a self-destructive way. Guided to this morecompassionate, more receptive frame of mind, readers are coached toemploy various acceptance-based coping strategies.

Structured in a logical, step-by-step progression of exercises, the workbook first focuses on providing readers with a new understanding of anorexia and the ways they might have already tried to control the problem.Then the book progresses through techniques that teach how to use mindfulness to deal with out-of-control thoughts and feelings, how to identify choice that will lead to better heath and quality of life, and how to redirect the energy formerly spent on weight loss into those actions that will heal the body and mind. Although this book is written specifically to anorexia sufferers, it includes a clear and informative chapter on when readers need to seek professional treatment as well as advice on what to look for in a therapist.Amazon.com Review
"You will learn to accept and live with the uncontrollable thoughts and feelings that haunt you about your weight, and you will learn to take charge and move your life in directions that you value," promise the authors, both specialists in treating people with anorexia. They use the ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy) philosophy: Accept the thoughts and feelings, and commit to actions that take charge of your life in a positive way. Step by step, you learn to understand that what you've been doing isn't working, deal with emotions and thoughts more effectively, identify your life values, start living a life that reflects those values, and cope with barriers. The overriding point is that you can act before you "get things right in your head." The style is warm, simple, and accepting--no stern lectures or commands to eat. The workbook has large pages and is well laid-out and easy to follow. Each chapter presents bulleted preview points at the beginning, clear content, and plenty of self-tests, exercises, and worksheets to get you immediately involved in each part of the process. Highly recommended for people challenged by anorexia and those who love them or work with them. --Joan Price ... Read more

Customer Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars Anorexia Workbook
This workbook has been such a big help in my struggle with anorexia.I am seeing a therapist and we are working through this book together chapter by chapter.I didn't think that any book could really help me, but this one did.It has given me strategies to take back control of my life.It truly has been a lifesaving book!

3-0 out of 5 stars wouldn't give to a teenager
I skimmed this and decided not to give it to my adolescent daugther who is recovering from A.N.; more approrpiate for an adult who has decided they want to make a recovery and lookwing for a workbook--there are some frightening pages that say, imagine you have died, what would you want your tombstone to say--I regret that i wasted the money

5-0 out of 5 stars Helped me gain control and seek help
As someone with an "Eating Disorder Personality" I found myself in a difficult place before this book. I felt I couldn't talk to anyone because I wasn't fully anorexic but I knew that I was having thoughts. I found this book after skiping sevrel meals and i bought it . I can't tell you how much it helped me . It not only helped me with the way I was feeling but also to understand that I could talk to someone about it and not feel ashamed. I decided to see someone and helped me step away from the "edge" as I call it . It was really helpful to me and hopefully someone else out there. SO from someone who wasn't really an outsider but not really an Insider I recomend this to anyone who is dealing with an E.D. or cares for someone who is.

5-0 out of 5 stars helpful
This book was helpful. It did not cure me. What it did do was help me realize that I didn't want to keep going in the path I was in. After having the eating disoder for many years and refusing help the entire time, thats actually an accomplishment. I would recommend this book to anyone who is on their last leg and not sure what to do.

4-0 out of 5 stars A book of hope help and reassurance
Written in such a way that it helps people to understand how to overcome the addiction of anorexia and its hold on one's life. In doing that it makes it possible to change one's mindset instead of just covering up the layers. ... Read more

4. Answers to Anorexia: A Breakthrough Nutritional Treatment That Is Saving Lives
by James Greenblatt
Paperback: 224 Pages (2010-10-15)
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Asin: 1934716073
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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This book offers the first new medical treatment plan in 50 years for anorexia nervosa, the self-starvation disease that affects adolescents and women of all ages in the U.S. and is now increasingly common in men. Written by a leading psychiatrist and eating disorder expert, the book is based on cutting-edge research on nutritional deficiencies in anorexia that have been long ignored, and the use of a simple but revolutionary brain test that can help psychiatrists select the best medication for each individual person. James Greenblatt, MD, explains that anorexia is a complex disorder with genetic, biological, psychological, and cultural contributing factors. In other words, anorexia is not primarily a psychiatric illness as has been believed for so long; rather, it is a medical illness of starvation that causes malnutrition in the body and the brain. Successful treatment must focus on correcting this malnutrition. Dr. Greenblatt has helped many patients with anorexia recover simply by correcting their nutritional deficiencies, and here he explains specifically which nutrients must be supplemented as part of treatment. Answers to Anorexia finally offers patients and their families new hope for successful treatment of this serious, frustrating, and enigmatic illness. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A must read for all
This book serves as a tool that has been greatly lacking in the field.
I have had the privilege to hear these insights in team meetings and am glad that these insights will now be shared among all the readers of this book. I believe that this book will serve as a teaching tool for future practitioners in the ED field!

5-0 out of 5 stars I love this book!
As a recovered anorexia sufferer as well as a parent of a young adult sufferer of anorexia, I continually explore new ideas to understand the cause and effective treatment of anorexia and to help support my daughter's recovery.

I attend many conferences, read the latest reports/research and try to keep current.

Dr. Walter Kaye, a top researcher from UCSD, says that treatments of anorexia and other mental health disorders are 100 years behind treatments for physical illness.

While the Maudsley Method (Family Based Therapy) has shown great promise as evidence-based treatment for children and adolescent sufferers, there is little evidence-based treatment for anorexia with young adult/adult sufferers.

What the experts seem to agree on is that the current treatments are just not working as successfully as they would like. Anorexia continues to be a killer. Only 50-70% of sufferers recover and often only after many years of treatment, at great expense and suffering.

I have purchased many books on the subject of treatment of anorexia.
This is one of the best books that I've read.

Dr. Greenblatt has treated over 1,000 sufferers and really understands anorexia and what it takes to successfully treat it.

I love his emphasis and research/stats on the power of nutrition and the essential need to medically TEST a sufferer to find out what they are lacking nutritionally so that the right nutritional supplements can be determined.

I have seen a big difference in my daughter since she was put on supplements including Zinc, Omega 3 and many of the others that Dr. Greenblatt talks about in the book.

I love his emphasis on the use of Referenced EEG (rEEG) to best select the right medication(s) likely to be helpful (rather than useless or hurtful) to a sufferer.

Most of the treatment providers and facilities that my daughter has been to have used 'guesswork' in prescribing medications. This method often did more harm than good.

Dr. Greenblatt clearly understands anorexia and offers innovative and integrated medical techniques that can best help sufferers recover from this horrid disorder.

The key takeaways for me is that anorexia is primarily caused by malnutrition of the brain and body.
Appropriate nutrition and the right "precise" medication that can address the anorexia along with comorbid issues such as anxiety and depression are critical to successful outcomes.

Thanks to Dr. Greenblatt for writing this wonderful book and giving sufferers true HOPE for full recovery. ... Read more

5. Treatment Manual for Anorexia Nervosa: A Family-Based Approach
by James Lock MDPhD, Daniel le Grange PhD, W. Stewart Agras M.D., Christopher Dare, James Lock, Daniel le Grange, W. Agras
Paperback: 270 Pages (2002-08-29)
list price: US$30.00 -- used & new: US$24.44
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Asin: 1572308362
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This practical manual offers a step-by-step guide to the treatment of anorexia nervosa in adolescents. Unique in its focus on mobilizing parents and siblings as a resource in treatment, the approach is ideal for short-term treatment and has demonstrated effectiveness in controlled clinical trials. Intervention is divided into three clearly defined phases. Using such innovative methods as a family meal, the clinician first learns strategies for helping families gain immediate control over the adolescent's eating behaviors. Once the patient accepts parental demands to eat, related family problems are addressed in the second phase. The third and final phase of treatment aims toward getting adolescent development back on track and establishing family relationships that do not revolve around the eating disorder. Featuring detailed guidelines for conducting each family session, the manual is illustrated with extensive clinical transcripts and vignettes.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent manual for evidence based approach
As a child and adolescent psychiatrist with more than 32 years experience treating anorexia nervosa, it's no exaggeration to assert that the Maudesley Model has finally given us a fighting chance of conquering this devastating disorder. It also happens to be the only approach that has a better track record than non-treatment in randomized controlled trials. Moreover now that a session by session manual is available, it becomes possible for psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and mental health workers with a family therapy background to deliver effect treatment to anorexic teenagers and their families - with minimal additional training.

The approach is very prescriptive - from the initial "intense scene" where the therapist informs the parents that their child has a fair chance of dying unless they both take a leave of absence from work to personally supervize all her meals - to the hard and fast rule that all famiy members participate in all sessions until the patient reaches 95% of her ideal body weight. The emphasis that the father attend all sessions is especially important in families (which happens commonly in families with anorexics) where he has somehow become disengaged from the rest of the family.

The focus throughout the initial phase of treatment is empowering the parents to make appropriate food choices for the teenager, until she frees herself from the spell anorexia holds over her. The second session in this highly structured approach always involves a picnic lunch the family brings to the office - enabling the therapist to "coach" the parents regarding their responsibility to get their daughter to eat. This is followed by weekly visits to ensure the family is continuing to provide close supervision of dietary choices, meals, exercise and purging.

According to the authors, restoring appropriate body weight with the Maudesley Model takes 20-30 weeks, at which point the patient enters Phase 2, a transition phase in which she begins to re-take responsibility for her own eating.

After four to six months of transition, the patient enters Phase 3, in which the patient begins work on social issues linked to anorexia, an all-consuming affliction that leads most teenagers to withdraw from normal healthy relationships.


3-0 out of 5 stars Not as user friendly as it could have been.
I had heard about the Maudsley Method from an article about Johns Hopkins' Eating Disorder program so I ordered this book along with "Skills-based Learning for Caring for a Loved One with an Eating Disorder." Unfortunately, this book, "Treatment Manual for Anorexia Nervosa: A Familiy-Based Approach" was much less helpful than I thought it would be. It gives a good overview of the conceptual basis for the Maudsley Method, but for the non-professional is not very helpful or informative. That being said, the two books put together make an excellent overview of the program.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great concepts
Important new wrinkles on tx.Opens up new possibilities.
Surprisingly for a professional manual, a page-turner.

4-0 out of 5 stars great manual
This is a comprehensive and useful treatment manual both as a guide for those beginning to use this treatment and as revision for those trained in the approach. An excellent buy

5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Resource for Clinicians!
This is an excellent book for clinicians treating teens struggling with Anorexia.This model taps into the power of the family to successfully fight this horrible disorder.I also highly recommend Help Your Teenager Beat An Eating Disorder, a well-written guide for the clinician and an outstanding resource for parents!! ... Read more

6. Biting Anorexia: A Firsthand Account of an Internal War
by Lucy Howard-Taylor
Paperback: 171 Pages (2009-09)
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Asin: 1572247029
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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My name is Lucy. I am in recovery from anorexia nervosa and major depression, each of which almost killed me.

So begins this extraordinary account of a teenage girl's descent into the tortured existence of anorexia and her arduous, remarkable recovery. Much of this unflinchingly candid memoir is ripped directly from the pages of author Lucy Howard-Taylor's diary as she struggled with the torturous condition, offering a rare glimpse into the thoughts and fears that grip the minds of those struggling with anorexia, the most fatal of all psychiatric illnesses.

Tinged with a wicked sense of humor, Lucy's beautifully written, penetrating insights capture the overpowering anxiety that comes with anorexia and reveal the challenge of recovery. This courageous and compelling story will inspire and support those troubled with the condition, and their family and friends, the world over.

... a graphic yet poetic insight into the pain and suffering experienced by sufferers of eating disorders.
--Claire Vickery, CEO and founder of The Butterfly Foundation ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Brief but intimate insight into the illness...more of a literary masterpiece than memoir
I have read over 20 Eating Disorder memoirs and this is probably my favourite one. However it is probably my most favourite for the author's witty and intelligent writing style which I found incredibly engaging. The author was young when she wrote this...only 19..yet she has written a book that shows considerable maturity and literary talent. Not only that, but she's incredibly interesting and unique, and has an amazing ability to write in the most illuminating and poignant way.

Her descriptions and way of explaining her illness and the nature of anorexia are spot-on, and she does an incredible job of being entertaining while giving her account.

I found it delved less into the intricate details of having an eating disorder than other books, and instead, gave a few important and basic recounts. Yet these were described with such insight and candour, that they herald the quality of the book.

This book is unique in it's field, with great insight and witty, intelligent dialogue. It demonstrates how some people can be caught for only a relatively short period of time with this illness (I think the author was very lucky in her experience), and go on to become amazing scholars and vibrant people who truly impact upon the world.

Which is what the author is: A vibrant, unique soul, - incredibly passionate and intelligent.

5-0 out of 5 stars Biting Anorexia - A Book Review
This book is an exceptional, ongoing memoir of a woman who has dealt with eating disorders, depression, and other significant cognitive issues most of her life.This is not a book on "How to Overcome Your Eating Disorders," and this is not a narrative suggesting the disorder has been completely remedied in the author and is now only being considered in the past tense.Ms. Howard-Taylor suggests she expects to deal with her complex issues for the foreseeable future and she is in recovery rather than recovered.

For anyone looking for a feel-good religious-style transformation out of eating disorder issues, this is not the book for you.However, if you feel you are in a space where you'd like to read a frank and articulate narrative about the perceptions and actions of someone who has actively struggled with eating disorders, this is an extraordinarily good book.

A word of caution:I highly recommend this book for anyone who has dealt with or is dealing with someone else in their life with eating disorders.I also highly recommend this book to professionals who are counseling clients with eating disorders.However, this book is so candid, and it deals so intimately with day to day eating disorder considerations and experiences, that I would strongly encourage anyone who is personally dealing with eating disorders to read this book with notice and consent of the professional counselors with whom they are working.

The intent of this memoir is not to explain the root causes of eating disorders.The author suggests there are no singular and dominant sources that lead to eating disorders.

The book helps us understand how people with eating disorders are often also brilliant and talented.Anyone who stereotypically thinks a person with an eating disorder is somehow stupid or lacking education should have many of those myths dispelled by reading this book.Ms. Howard-Taylor is a more clear, educated, counseled, and organized writer than most people twice her age.

Ms. Howard-Taylor regularly has made the decisions TO WRITE out her internal conflicts.And that process of writing is a valuable expression and reference tool, a saving force for herself and others who struggle with similar internal issues.

I have less fear for people who are regularly writing and expressing their dramatic and life-threatening internal dialogues than I fear for people who are comparatively silent toward themselves and others on those issues.When people stop dialoguing and struggling, that concerns me much more.Ms. Howard-Taylor's life, her actions and her book champion the concept that expressing uncommon and "unacceptable" internal battles may be part of good therapeutic processes.

This is not a "Memoir of Blame" or a "Memoir of How I Was Mistreated in My Childhood."This is a memoir of someone actively and daily expressing their "internal war" involving core issues of self-perceptions, self-definitions, and survival.

This book ends with some summarizing observations, but it does not end with singular or simple solutions.The author gives the honest impression that her issues will stay with her and will likely be patterns she will continue to confront.

I have personally been intimately involved with people with eating disorders, depression, and suicidal thoughts.Depression and eating disorders are powerful illnesses that can derail the best and brightest among us.

Reading Ms. Howard-Taylor's book, I could hear the rushed and fast inner voices of which I am already familiar.I have recorded similar memories in my permanent collection.This is a beautiful memoir that artfully illustrates a representative mindset that people, who have dealt with loved ones with eating disorders, will likely be familiar.There is as much to read in between the lines of this quality writing as there is to glean from the text itself.

I want to emphasize that this book review does not touch on a plethora of the diverse topics in the book.By only reading this review, you will not have a summarizing sense of a tremendous amount of the engaging personal correspondence and narratives ventured in the book.

If, as mentioned in the movie "Shadowlands," it is true "We read to know we are not alone," then many people with these related issues should find some solace and companionship in reading this memoir.

The beauty of the book is in the expression of the honest doubts as much as it is in the expression of possible solutions.If you personally struggle with these issues, I recommend reading it in coordination and with the consent of your therapists. ... Read more

7. Brave Girl Eating: A Family's Struggle with Anorexia
by Harriet Brown
Hardcover: 288 Pages (2010-09-01)
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Asin: 0061725471
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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I've never had anorexia, but I know it well. I see it on the street, in the gaunt and sunken face, the bony chest, the spindly arms of an emaciated woman. I've come to recognize the flat look of despair, the hopelessness that follows, inevitably, from years of starvation. I think: That could have been my daughter. It wasn't. It's not. If I have anything to say about it, it won't be.

Millions of families are affected by eating disorders, which usually strike young women between the ages of fourteen and twenty. But current medical practice ties these families' hands when it comes to helping their children recover. Conventional medical wisdom dictates separating the patient from the family and insists that "it's not about the food," even as a family watches a child waste away before their eyes. Harriet Brown shows how counterproductive—and heartbreaking—this approach is by telling her daughter's story of anorexia. She describes how her family, with the support of an open-minded pediatrician and a therapist, helped her daughter recover using family-based treatment, also known as the Maudsley approach.

Chronicling her daughter Kitty's illness from the earliest warning signs, through its terrifying progression, and on toward recovery, Brown takes us on one family's journey into the world of anorexia nervosa, where starvation threatened her daughter's body and mind. But hope and love—of the ordinary, family-focused kind—shine through every decision and action she and her family took. Brave Girl Eating is essential reading for families and professionals alike, a guiding light for anyone who's coping with this devastating disease.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Brave Girl Eating
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and could not put it down.It is extremely well written and very insightful.I was educated on newer treatments for anorexia.It is a honest view of the myths that plague this condition.I was enlightened about how society is quick to pass judgement on a family when the disease caused the appearance of a "dysfunctional family".I would recommend this book !!Bravo!

5-0 out of 5 stars Painfully accurate, yet helpful read
As someone closely involved in an on-going, year-long battle with anorexia, I can attest to the accuracy of Harriet Brown's "Brave Girl Eating".This is the 4th book I've read so far on this horrible illness and the impact eating disorders (ED) have on the individual suffering and the family.This may also be the most helpful and supportive book I've read for several reasons.

First off Harriet Brown has lived the nightmare and writes from a completely different perspective than that presented by the professionals in the field. "Brave Girl Eating" is a reflection of what it is like to live with ED as it takes its toll on the individual with the disorder and the family. As I read Ms. Brown's recollections of meal-time battles, visits with doctors and therapists, the "re-feeding" process, and adapting to life with ED, I found myself frequently nodding in both agreement and sympathy.

Journalist Brown has also done her research and clearly explains the various schools of thought on what causes eating disorders (the jury is still out) and how to best approach treatment. Ms. Brown is clearly an advocate of the Maudsley approach which is a Family Based Therapy (FBT) approach: one in which the family is NOT blamed for the disorder AND is very much involved in the treatment and recovery process. She references Lock, James, and le Grange's Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder (also *****) which was the first book I'd read on eating disorders and is also a great resource.

"Brave Girl Eating" is a well researched and educational read as well as one that is heartbreaking and all-too-real. Yet it is ultimately inspirational and uplifting and I gained a lot of emotional strength from Harriet Brown and "Kitty's" perseverance and bravery. Recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Myth-busting, dramatic exploration of a family dealing with a daughter's anorexia
Reading Harriet Brown's excellent book I couldn't help thinking of The Exorcist -- in which the innocent child Regan is possessed by a demon, spewing obscenities, repelling all attempts to cast out the evil force that is threatening her life. Just as inexplicable and life-threatening is the sudden possession of 14-year-old Kitty Brown by the demon of anorexia which spawns self-hatred and the uncontrollable urge to punish herself through the withholding of food.

When I titled my review "myth-busting" I meant that, before reading this book I thought of eating disorders as the neuroses of the hyperprivileged raised by mothers who bought into the "a woman can't be too thin or too rich" credo.But Harriet Brown is grounded, well-informed; her family is functional and loving; the message she and her husband have always given to their daughters is of acceptance of the full range of healthy body sizes.So when Kitty starts limiting her diet to a few leaves of lettuce and a precisely-counted number of grapes, wasting away before her family's eyes, erupting into tirades that seem voiced by some alien within her that calls her a pig, disgusting, worthless, Harriet is mystified and fearful.

Despite inept therapists and obstructive insurance companies, and books that perpetuate outdated and downright damaging information, Brown rallies her journalistic discipline and her lioness-mother heart to save her daughter's life, and, by the book's end, has come to a place of hope.Not complete, easy triumph -- but hope.Her research leads her to FBT - Family Based Therapy, a grueling but effective treatment for anorexia that requires a family member to stay with the anorexic victim at all times, patiently coaxing her through every meal (which can take hours), making sure she doesn't purge afterward, helping to establish a zone of safety around the truly terrifying ordeal that eating has become.

It is amazing that this family weathered the trial of a mentally-ill family member and still stayed together, loving and supportive.Little Emma, ten at the onset of her sister's ordeal, is a voice of wry and often funny sanity. Jamie, Harriet's husband, doesn't understand, but remains a stand-up husband and dad. Kudos to this family. The book is a page-turner, and I would imagine a lifesaver for families and individuals experiencing this bizarre kind of hell.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing read
I've spent the past year researching eating disorders for my senior thesis for college (studio art major doing an exhibition of the physical and emotional effects of eating disorders). This book was truly insightful into the effects that Anorexia has on both the person with the disease and the families of people with the disease. It was an absolute page turner, and I found myself tearing up at some points. Excellent read, I would suggest it to anyone, anywhere, anytime.

4-0 out of 5 stars More than wanting to be skinny..............
I wanted to read this book because I am the antithesis of anorexia. I couldnt understand how someone could willingly starve themselves. Do I want to be thin? of course! But to deny myself food, its not happening! This book helped me understand that it is more a mental thing, a brain illness, an inner voice telling you that you should not eat. My inner voice says that too, but I dont pay attention, LOL! Then after a while of self starvation, you seem to lose all sensations of hunger. Weird. Kind of self preservation I guess, like some POWs from Vietnam cant or wont talk about their time there. They seem to forget their bad experiences or block them out, like an anorexic blocks out the hunger pangs, because food is too scary or harmful.

I'm glad I read it but I am still a bit fuzzy about anorexia and why some people get it and some people dont. Is it chemical? Is it hereditary? Is it how you were parented? Was it one comment or look from a stranger? Was it one snub by a boy you liked? Was it being teased by a mean girl at school? Is it because we, as a culture, put so much emphasis on looks and appearance through TV, magazines or movies?

I dont think we give young women enough credit for being smart, or strong or capable or independent. It shouldnt matter if you weigh 100 pounds or 200 pounds or more. The essence of who we are lies at our core, not in the outside covering.

I have to give a standing ovation to Harriet Brown and her family. She showed some fierce mother love to her daughter, instead of just putting her in some facility because it would be easier.I wish nothing but the best for the author and her family. They deserve it. ... Read more

8. Beyond the Looking Glass: Daily Devotions for Overcoming Anorexia and Bulimia (Serenity Meditation Series)
by Remuda Ranch
 Paperback: 365 Pages (1992-06)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars A light in the darkness
I got this devotional several years ago, and it gave me hope.
Earlier this year I spent time at Remuda Ranch, and this devotional continued to lift my spirits. I have, unfortunately, relapsed badly, but my little devotional continues to give me encuragement and to remind me that recovery is possible.
Barb-bulimic/walking addict since 1986

5-0 out of 5 stars little steps toward recovery
As a former patient of Remuda, I was given this book on my first day of treatment.I read it faithfully throughout the year, and I found hope and encouragement in those pages as I read the stories of women like me.For anyone struggling with an eating disorder or for their loved ones, this book is an important tool for recovery.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good daily meditation/devotional
My daughter has used this book and was recommended by a counselor to her.It is very good for beginning the day with God and touches on many struggles, joys, fears, etc. that those with an eating disorder go through. ... Read more

9. Anatomy of Anorexia
by Steven Levenkron
Paperback: 304 Pages (2001-03)
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Anatomy of Anorexia is a tremendous tool for families: now more than ever, early diagnosis and treatment, and family participation, are crucial in helping the anorexic. Preeminent therapist Steven Levenkron demystifies this life-threatening disease and shows how the millions of girls and women who are afflicted with anorexia can be helped--and can look forward to rich and productive lives. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Very insightful and educational
I shared this book with my therapist because while I am a "recovered" anorexic, I still have occasional relapses.When I had one recently, I bought this book and devoured it.So much of the passages in the book spoke to me, and resonated with my own thoughts and feelings, that I felt it was vital to my therapy progress to discuss it.The main points that stood out were how much of an impact parental behavior can have on a child even if it's unintentional; that the nature of anorexia causes the sufferer to lock into very rigid thought and belief patterns that are extremely difficult to break.

Before others immediately criticize Levenkron for his ego and self-congratulatory attitude, think about the fact that treating anorexics is nigh-impossible, and any doctor who has found a method that works *should* be proud and should be congratulated.Anorexia and bulimia are hateful, destructive illnesses that are notoriously hard to treat.It's really akin to alcoholism.If he can help his patients, bully for him.

5-0 out of 5 stars Should Be Required Reading
Brilliant, elegantly written and insightful, Anatomy of Anorexia
by Steven Levenkron offers a panoramic view beyond most medical treatises and personal accounts on Anorexia. For parents, the medical community and laypersons seeking to understand this seemingly unfathomable condition, this book sheds light on the ever present and haunting question, "Why would a seemingly healthy child or young adult purposely starve?" If you're searching for answers to the poignant questions surrounding this disorder, Anatomy of Anorexia provides more than clues and theories. This book reveals a path that may very well lead to the light at the end of the dark tunnel for patients, families and caregivers dealing with this wrenching and heart breaking disorder. This is an invaluble guide that fills a need not completely met by other books on anorexia nervosa. I agree with a previous reviewer that this book may not be suitable reading for some sufferers of anorexia. The knowledge within could prove to be a two-edged sword for the patient who hasn't fully embraced the long journey to recovery.

5-0 out of 5 stars Clear, comprehensive, and useful.
I've been teaching young adults on the college level for a couple of years now, and in that short amount of time, several of my female students have confided that they've struggled with eating disorders.This book helped me to understand what they went through, and it therefore has my unequivocal recommendation.

The strength of this book is that its author has written such a clear, easy-to-understand dissection the anatomy of anorexia. Levenkron analyzes factors contributing to anorexia; its effects on victims, their families, and friends; and several treatments.He uses explanations and case-study examples to demystify a disease that often seems inexplicable, making this a useful book for anyone who wants a clearer picture of anorexia.

Readers will come to understand the mental nature of anorexia as Levenkron does: as an obsessive-compulsive disorder.This concept is critical for family members and friends of anorexics to understand, for, as Levenkron states, it is impossible for anyone but a professional to cure an anorexic.

His major point: that the longer anorexia goes untreated, the more it strengthens its grasp on its victims, underscoring the need for *professional* help as early as possible. Therefore, if you think someone you know has an eating disorder, don't understand why, and don't know what to do about it, then this book is for you.

4-0 out of 5 stars good book
This book was had lots of examples of his patients in it and the different types. Steven Levenkron explained anorexia very simply yet well. It is good for both readers who know about the disorder and people who are new to it. It is very comprehensive and breaks up the aspects of anorexia into different sections that are easier to manage.

5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible insight
As a recovering anorexic, I found Dr. Levenkron's insight into this disease almost frighteningly accurate.He was not only right on with his descriptions of the stages of anorexia--I couldn't stop nodding as I was reading--but he managed to put words to things I've felt/am still feeling, but have been unable to verbalize.With his emphasis on listing the weights of his patients, I wouldn't recommend this book for anyone not yet ready for recovery.But for family, friends and those fighting their way out of this disease, Anotomy of Anorexia is excellent. ... Read more

10. Anorexia Nervosa: A Guide to Recovery
by Lindsey Hall, Monika Ostroff
Paperback: 192 Pages (1998-11-10)
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Anorexia nervosa, in simple terms, is self-starvation. However, it is a complex problem with intricate roots; and, recovery is best accomplished with a grasp of sound information, specific tasks, and the support of others. All of that is provided in this guidebook, which includes:

o Answers to questions most often asked about anorexia

o Insight from recovered and recovering anorexics

o Monika Ostroff’s story of recovery

o Specific things to do that have worked for others

o Information on healthy eating and weight

o Suggestions for how to stay committed

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4-0 out of 5 stars Anorexia
I wasn't sure if this book would be helpful, but it is by far one of the best books on eating disorders that I have found. There is a checklist to see if you are in danger of becoming anorexic, and also steps to recover that are very useful and encouraging.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Advice!
This book was required for a college course I took and the book really helped me to jump into the shoes of a person with anorexia nervosa.I highly recommend this book to a person with or without the disorder.

5-0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
I've read 3 other books on this topic and found this to be the easiest to read and very inspirational.Short chapters, pick-up and read as much or as little in one sitting.Practical, real life examples of dealing with the complexities of an eating disorder.Not sugar coated, yet it does not dwell in the depths of dispair.Encouraging, hopeful, realistic.I consider this a must read for anyone dealing with an eating disorder, their friends, and family included.I am a mom to a recovering daughter.

5-0 out of 5 stars Encouraging and Full of Insight
This book is not only a wonderful resource for sufferers of anorexia.But it is also a resource for thier family and friends.The book explains anorexia, tells Monika Ostroff's personal story, and has a special chapter for family and loved ones.Everyone who suffers from anorexia or has a spouse, family member, or friend with anorexia, should read this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Gentle, reassuring and helpful
Reading this book evokes the feeling of talking to a concerned and supportive friend about anorexia.The authors don't throw out harsh statistics or Freudian theories, and there are no disturbingly graphicdepictions of binging or purging.Instead, the reader is treated withaffection and respect.It is assumed that anorexia develops as a method ofcoping, and the reader receives suggestions for new ways to deal withfeelings.This book gives the reader a feeling of hope and self-reliance,and avoids shaming language.The authors give helpful, practical methodsof overcoming anorexia and learning to love oneself. ... Read more

11. Fasting Girls: The History of Anorexia Nervosa
by Joan Jacobs Brumberg
Paperback: 400 Pages (2000-10-10)
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Winner of four major awards, this updated edition of Joan Jacobs Brumberg's Fasting Girls, presents a history of women's food-refusal dating back as far as the sixteenth century. Here is a tableau of female self-denial: medieval martyrs who used starvation to demonstrate religious devotion, "wonders of science" whose families capitalized on their ability to survive on flower petals and air, silent screen stars whose strict "slimming" regimens inspired a generation. Here, too, is a fascinating look at how the cultural ramifications of the Industrial Revolution produced a disorder that continues to render privileged young women helpless. Incisive, compassionate, illuminating, Fasting Girls offers real understanding to victims and their families, clinicians, and all women who are interested in the origins and future of this complex, modern and characteristically female disease.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Intriguing
I never knew the history of anorexia nervosa, but it would make sense.Throughout history if someone behaved differently then mainstream society, that behavior needed to be studied and possibly cured.Food was not plentiful in the earlier centuries and that would explain why the woman would go without eating.I was very pleased with the detailed insight of anorexia nervosa.I should not have been surprised though, I have read previous literature from Brumberg and was pleased then.

5-0 out of 5 stars great
This book has a lot of great info in it. I enjoyed reading it and found a lot of it to be new information.

5-0 out of 5 stars Necessary Reading
The obvious strength of this book as a history of the development of Anorexia Nervosa comes from its unbiased approach.As a historian, the author has walked brilliantly the fine line between simply retelling the past and critically evaluating it.(Sometimes stupid ideas need to be called stupid ideas!)It is essential reading for anyone with an interest in eating disorders or nutrition.

The subtle strength of this book is its format for discussing disease development in a social and political context.Anyone interested in disease etiology beyond simply the biochemical approach should also read this book, as a guide to how to put disease in a realistic context.

Brilliant all round!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fun Informational Read

This book was very well done.

I had previously read a book like it called "From Fasting Saints to Anorexic Girls" which was written in the manner of a stuffy academic. At first I was afraid this book might turn out to be the same but thankfully I read the reviews on it and decided to give it a try.

I would recommend this book to anyone with an eating disorder or interested in the history of the relationship between women and their bodies.

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fascinating
This book was totally absorbing.I didn't want to put it down.Who would have thought that such a terrible disease would have its origin in the Medievel church, as women starved themselves for their beliefs and to become (as they believed) holy.But, like most things under the sun, it's all been done before, so there really shouldn't be any surprise that self-starvation has a very long history.

I really enjoyed the histories of the individual "fasting girls."And Ms. Brumberg's description of the Victorian middle class was priceless and eye opening, considering how that era is so romantizied by a lot of us today.

The book revealed so much about how culture (present and past) shapes our opinions of ourselves, especially us women.Reading the book brought out my anger that society and culture expect women to have "perfect" bodies..."perfect" everything, and the pressure that is on us, both as teenagers and adults.

I recommend this book to anyone who would like to know more about anorexia nervosa and its history.There is a great deal of fascinating information.Just keep your dictionary handy to look up all the medical terms Brumberg quotes (and for some of her own words as well).My only disappointment in the book was that it ended too abruptly.Her book had me hooked, and then, finally, it had to end.I think there is a great deal more to be said about this disease, and I hope that she keeps up with the history and maybe writes another volume.Kudos to you, Ms. Brumberg.Very well done. ... Read more

12. Perfect: Anorexia and Me
by Emily Halban
Paperback: 336 Pages (2009-08-01)
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Emily Halban developed anorexia in her final year of high school. She went on to college at an Ivy League school where her disease took on a powerful dimension. By her final year she was so debilitated that she had to take her exams in a separate room where she could be fed continuously. With heartbreaking candor and poignant intimacy, Emily vividly chronicles the complexities and inner struggles of living with anorexia. She traces her disease from its elusive origins, through its darkest moments of deprivation, guilt, and self-loathing. As she recounts her journey towards recovery, Emily draws us into her raw experience of anorexia, exposing its secrets and dispelling some of the myths that shroud it. Beautifully written and alive with self-awareness, but never self-pity, this inspiring read will offer those battling with this all-consuming disease a glimpse of perspective and hope, and help those on the outside to understand more.
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13. Holy Anorexia
by Rudolph M. Bell
Paperback: 255 Pages (1987-06-15)
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Is there a resemblance between the contemporary anorexic teenager counting every calorie in her single-minded pursuit of thinness, and an ascetic medieval saint examining her every desire? Rudolph M. Bell suggests that the answer is yes.

"Everyone interested in anorexia nervosa . . . should skim this book or study it. It will make you realize how dependent upon culture the definition of disease is. I will never look at an anorexic patient in the same way again."--Howard Spiro, M.D., Gastroenterology

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1-0 out of 5 stars Do not bother reading this book.
This book typifies the problem of our patriarchal society.Not only is it poorly researched, but I find the writing self-indulgent and empty. Bell's understanding (or lack there of) of anorexia is insulting to humanity.

3-0 out of 5 stars The present as window on the past
Bell compares modern descriptions of anorexia nervosa with the recorded behavior of some of the best-known Italian female saints from the thirteenth to fifteenth centuries. He argues that Clare of Assisi, Catherine of Siena, and other holy women were not only victims of a disease, but also in a way victims of a medieval Christian culture which allowed young women no other way to experience the disease's effects than as symptoms of religious fervor.

Bell's attitude toward his sources is capricious - sometimes he treats his medieval sources as literal truth, sometimes as distorted, agenda-ridden hagiography. They are, undoubtedly, a bit of both.Nonetheless, it is obvious that these holy women were more likely than their male counterparts to practice ascetic - even bizarre - food rituals in lieu or excess of other ascetic behavior. In this respect, Bell's book necessarily suffers in comparison with Caroline Walker Bynum's _Holy Feast and Holy Fast: The Religious Significance of Food to Medieval Women_, for Bynum spends a great more deal of time considering the phenomenon of female fasting in the both its broad medieval and specific Christian contexts. Still, Bell's argument for a connection between the rise of "holy anorexia" and the development of the mendicant orders is an intriguing bit of historical cause and effect.

Bell's methodology suggests that the "bizarre" behavior of women so removed from our own time is actually very familiar. While the argument itself falls flat at times, he does shed new light on an issue which could otherwise too easily be dismissed as spiritual excess.

5-0 out of 5 stars Holy Anorexia
This book is an excellent historic study of women possesed with piety, most of these women were nuns from the 14-15th century.They expressed a dedication to Christ through an aesthetic lifestyle that includedstarvation, self-inflicted torture, mystical hallucinations and extremeself-denial.The women who starved to death gained a martyr like status. A facinating book! ... Read more

14. 100 Questions & Answers About Anorexia Nervosa
by Sari Shepphird PhD
Paperback: 180 Pages (2009-01-14)
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Whether you are a newly diagnosed patient, a friend, or a relative of someone with anorexia nervosa, or if you simply wish to gain a better understanding of this condition, 100 Questions and Answers About Anorexia Nervosa offers help. This book offers a complete guide to understanding the causes of anorexia, warning signs and diagnosis, and practical suggestions on how to help loved ones suffering from anorexia as well as the treatment options available. Written by a clinical psychologist with nearly 20 years experience in the field of eating disorders, along with contributions from actual patients, this book is an invaluable resource for learning about and fighting this disease. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This one's a keeper
This book presents an unbiased and informed overview of anorexia nervosa, an illness with a high morality rate. There are new discoveries of the causes (and they are multiple) and treatments of anorexia, including some genetic, inherited, and physical ones. For people with eating disorders, or their friends and loved ones, "100 Questions & Answers About Anorexia Nervosa" is an excellent starting point for finding out more about it, and helping themselves or sufferers to cope, and possibly enter recovery.

Sometimes, while meaning well and trying to help, people say and do things which make it worse for the patient. After reading this book, family and friends will have more insight into the anorexic's mind and avoid causing harm or triggering more self-starvation. What possesses a bright, seemingly happy woman or girl (and sometimes boy or man) to starve themselves? Answers and educated speculations can be found here. No, parents, it's not your fault. However, family therapy is very useful with young or married anorexics. Everyone, not just the victim, suffers when someone is anorexic, so getting everyone in on recovery is important.

While not written from a feminist viewpoint, the rule of cultural damage done by mass media, whether print or broadcast, is investigated. We must stop sending messages to females that denigrate all but one body type--a type that few can achieve without pathological food restriction and exercise.

It's an easy book to get through, written for laypeople, not medical experts. If you are an anorexic, know one, or are simply interested in the disorder, this is a good addition to your library.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource!
100 Questions & Answers About Anorexia Nervosa is the most comprehensive, up-to-date, easy to read guide to this much too common eating disorder.I often recommend Dr. Sari Shepphird's book to patients, parents, colleagues and friends.If you are interested in learning more about anorexia, are caring for somebody with anorexia or are suffering form anorexia yourself, this is the best book to teach and help you recover.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must-read resource on anorexia nervosa
I've collaborated with eating disorder specialist Sari Shepphird, Ph.D, many times now, and she's always incredibly insightful and inspiring. So is her book, 100 Questions & Answers About Anorexia Nervosa. It's a valuable guide for anyone wanting to learn more about anorexia. Maybe you're trying to recover from this debilitating disorder or have a love one who is. Maybe you're a guidance counselor who'd like to know more, an athletic coach, a primary care physician or a concerned friend. Either way, this book is a great practical resource that's packed with important information. And its author has extensive experience in the eating disorder field as a clinical psychologist - almost 20 years!

There's a lot of confusing, and misleading information out there on eating disorders, but Dr. Shepphird's book provides accurate, up-to-date information, which is laid out in an easy-to-read structure and style. She debunks many pervasive myths throughout. For instance, Dr. Shepphird debunks the myths that anorexia is a choice or just a phase; and that eating will fix everything (it's part of recovery but it's important for sufferers to seek professional help).

She devotes an entire chapter to support for loved ones, with crucial questions like "how can I get through this?" when your child has been diagnosed with anorexia and "what do you hear most often from the parents of anorexia patients regarding their experiences? what can I learn from other parents who are facing the same struggles?" Parents and loved ones reading this book will really get a sense of relief, hope and, again, tons of great insight into anorexia. One of the best things you can do for a loved one is to educate yourself about the disorder, and this book gives readers the opportunity to do that.

Other things I loved about Dr. Shepphird's book: Like mentioned in earlier reviews, Dr. Shepphird includes comments from two eating disorder survivors throughout the book. Their stories help to shed light on the disorder from a patient's perspective. They help individuals better understand the disorder and help sufferers know they aren't alone (and that recovery is possible!). Dr. Shepphird also includes a list of resources for additional information. Plus, though the book covers a lot of information, it isn't overwhelming at all. The structure allows you to easily browse through it and get the answer to whatever question you need right away. You don't have to search endlessly for a certain fact. So it works as a quick reference, too.

In general, I love that Dr. Shepphird demystifies anorexia and its treatment. She provides information on what causes anorexia, the warning signs (along with a self-test for eating disorders), and effective treatments, in addition to how to choose a treatment team and how to make the most of your recovery. You'll also find a section on prevention and advocacy and what you can do, something I haven't seen other books cover.

Overall, I think this is an excellent resource that you'll come back to time and time again. I highly recommend this book to everyone!

5-0 out of 5 stars What you need to know about anorexia nervosa
A valuable additon to the literature on anorexia nervosa, this book is a go-to reference filled with useful information and insights on every aspect of this serious and complicated disorder. The engaging Q & A format, along with contributions from patients and their loved ones, creates an accessible, comprehensive, practical, and up-to-date resource. Recommended for patients, their families, and anyone who wants to gain a deeper understanding of anorexia.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent and Informative Guide to Understanding Anorexia
This straightforward book offers answers to all who wish to be more informed about the diagnosis, treatment and experience of anorexia. The author, Dr. Sari Sheppherd, offers tremendous insight and help to families, loved ones, professionals and eating disorder sufferers.A must read!

Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC
Founder of Eating Disorder Hope
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15. Skinny Boy: A Young Man's Battle and Triumph Over Anorexia
by Gary A. Grahl
Paperback: 240 Pages (2007-10-01)
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Challenging the assumption that anorexia is an exclusively female affliction, this compelling memoir is the first to describe how a young man overcame this often fatal disorder. Handsome and popular, Gary had baseball abilities that had attracted the attention of the big leagues, until a shaming inner-voice convinced him that he needed to be thinner, leading to an out-of-control compulsion to exercise and starve himself, causing multiple hospitalizations. Providing strategies for tackling the recovery process and examples of changes in the thinking needed to take those steps, this important narrative comes at a time when eating disorders are at an all-time high in America, afflicting more than 8 million men. Demonstrating how anyone can win the internal battle between mind and body, this much-needed biography offers therapists, sufferers, and their families with powerful tools to help them triumph over this life and death battle.
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5-0 out of 5 stars New Point of View
As an OT (occupational therapy) student, I am interested in working with adolescents with psychiatric disorders, including eating disorders.This book had a wealth of clinical information by describing the client perspective in a way I would have never thought an eating disorder worked.The voice of IT and YOU bring an entire new implication of the interactions and conversations necessary for therapy.

The actual OT sections of the book were interesting because it provides a look into how a patient perceives what an OT is doing.Although the events occurring in the book were in the late 1980s and OT has since then changed dramatically, the book's description of OT as an arts and crafts session really stresses the need for all health practitioners to define what they are doing for the patient with the patient and discussing with the patient choices and likes and dislikes versus assuming the purpose of therapy will fall into place.

I recommend this book for any future or current health practitioner who wants an entirely new perspective from their patients with eating disorders.

4-0 out of 5 stars Important work on disordered eating in males
This book should be required reading for every professional who treats patients suffering from eating disorders. The fact that males, as well as females suffers from this type of mental illness has long been, at best, ignored, or at worst, denied. Thanks to Gary Grahl for his contribution to the understanding of how anorexia can be as deadly to men as to women. This book is well-written, with honesty and even humor, but the points it makes are dead serious.Highly recommended reading.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I thought the book was an excellent, rare insight into the mindset of a male struggling with an eating disorder.A definite read.

3-0 out of 5 stars Needs more editing; general idea is good but the writing needs some more work
This books is full of grammatical and spelling errors! It certainly needs either a new editor or another revision. Furthermore, I felt the book's beginning could use some revamping. For instance, it begins narration from the writer's point of view without giving us some general background about who this person is, how old he is and so forth. It's not until much much later do we begin to get some sense of who this person is--that is, the context surrounding this author.

The Kindle/ebook version of this book is really poorly formatted. Horrible. It distracts from the content.

Do I recommend this book? Well, yes because it is rare to hear the store of an [...] male. But, be prepared for some poor editing and for some writing that needs revising!

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
I'm currently struggling with anorexia, and when i read this book it not only motivated me but made me feel not so alone. I related to Gary's thoughts and feelings. This book would be perfect for a parent with a child who has and ed, a friend, or for anyone else who's interested in the subject. It's fast moving...and hard to stop reading. I highly recommend it. ... Read more

16. Insatiable: A Young Mother's Struggle with Anorexia
by Erica Rivera
Hardcover: 368 Pages (2009-10-06)
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Asin: B003IWYIQ4
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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A provocative and engrossing memoir of a young mother's spiral into eating disorders and exercise addiction, and her subsequent struggle to reclaim control of her life.

At twenty-four, Erica Rivera appeared to have it all: a B.A., two daughters, a successful husband, a house in the suburbs-and a great body. But under the surface, Erica was struggling with an addiction. She developed a self- destructive obsession with dieting, bingeing, purging, exercising, and, ultimately, anorexia. It wasn't until her very young daughters began to imitate her actions that she decided to get help-and to trace her disordered eating and body-image patterns across three generations of women in her family.

Insatiable is the raw, candid, and ultimately uplifting story of one woman's plunge into the depths of addiction and her fragile fight to climb back out. Getting to the root of her own problems helped her show her own daughters where happiness truly lies: in loving oneself. Though her road to recovery has not been easy, Erica Rivera is reassuring in her honesty-and inspirational in her triumph.

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1-0 out of 5 stars Misrepresented and Disappointing
The jacket cover misrepresents the author's condition as adult-onset anorexia by indicating that her obsession with weight loss started off as a desire to lose her baby weight after her second pregnancy. Upon reading what is essentially a food diary, you learn that the author has dealt with an eating disorder since her teens. The book's jacket cover also purports to describe how the author dealt with her eating disorder. Unfortunately, it is only the last few pages that refer to how Ms Rivera decides to seek help. The majority of the book talks about her obsession with food, often with very detailed and creative descriptions of items of food.

If you are interested in reading about the psyche of someone with an eating disorder and what factors may have influenced or driven them, this is NOT the book. The author describes how as a child she watched her mother pick at her food and how she intervened in her mother's suicide attempt but does not go into these factoids in much detail, which I think is one of the book's shortcomings, as it may have helped the readers better understand the author's actions.

On the plus side, I do feel the book is well-written. Ms Rivera does have a creative writing style. I just feel the book has no real substance and portrays her as a highly unlikable character that cannot be empathized with in the least.

What is most disturbing, more than the descriptions of her 4-hour daily exercise regimen, her bulimic purges and suicidal thoughts, are the confessions of her parenting skills, namely the emotional and physical neglect of her two young daughters. I appreciate the author's candor but all I kept thinking about while reading this was how Child Protective Services can use this manuscript as evidence to take away her children from her.

I am giving this book a star as the writer does have a flair for words but overall a highly disappointing, and I would like to repeat, misrepresented memoir.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty darn EXCELLENT
I ordered this book in spite of the negative reviews on Amazon. I try to read pretty much every ED memoir, and believe me, I have read MANY crappy ones. Insatiable is NOT crappy; it is actually one of the best ED memoirs out there. It is very well written, well paced, and interesting (even interesting to those who do not seek out ED books). I think Erica is a terrific writer, and an extremely brave woman for writing in such detail about the horrific effects of EDs. If Marya Hornbacher's Wasted showed ya the repulsive side of vomiting, this book certainly shows laxative abuse in all its gory horror. Hornbacher's"Wasted" is definitely my favorite ED memoir- far superior to its predecessors in quality of writing, introspection, and, most importantly to me, the way Marya write EVERY GROSS and DISTURBING DETAIL about her EDs, where most authors (the ones I've read at least) depict EDs as much-sought-after afflictions of ballerinas and other beauties who are greatly loved and easily cured. In this way, INSATIABLE is very much like WASTED- i.e., nothing is sugar-coated, Erica describes all the gory behaviors of an ED sufferer and the disurbing bodily side effects of this disease.

Insatiable is honest, well-written, and an interesting read. I feel guilty that I read the account of someone's suffering with such enthusiasm, but I have to say, this book really held my attention and I read it within a day.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Young Mother Forsakes Her Children for Food, and Thinness
Insatiable is not, like any memoir about an eating disorder, an easy read. There are binges and paeans to suicide and disturbing moments when Rivera leaves her two sleeping toddlers to go for a run. I found the chapters in which Rivera plans to commit suicide the most compelling, and they most starkly show the depths to which Rivera sank over the course of her eating disorder.

Yes, there are dramatic, detailed descriptions of food here and what Rivera did with it, everything from amassing it to hiding it to chewing and spitting it. In one scene, her daughter's keen sense of smell sniffs out the binge Rivera is sneaking. In many ways, this is telling, in that Rivera is able to hide her affliction from many around her, including her parents (despite a teenage eating disorder episode), but her daughters bluntly call her on her issues. Rivera, to her credit, does not gloss over these moments, or the ones where she ignores her daughters to focus on Ana and BB (anorexia and Binge B---h, as she calls them). By personifying her eating disorder, she helps make it relatable.

Rivera doesn't necessarily get into where her eating disorder came from, though she touches on the instability of her childhood; instead she focuses on the damage her eating disorder did to her thinking, her body and those around her, including men she dates after her divorce. It's to her credit as a writer that some of the most beautifully written scenes are the most unnerving. Other reviewers have pointed out that Rivera was self-involved; indeed, that seems to me the very point of this memoir, that food, above all else, was what ruled her (well, food combined with body image). Even when doctors questioned her motives, she resisted, enthralled by her affair with Ana.

I've read many eating disorder memoirs and while, to a degree, they all echo each other, due to the nature of the subject matter, Rivera's stands out both in covering the children and family life, and the nuance of the writing. While extreme, Rivera's body dysmorphia will also, sadly, be familiar to many women.

1-0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing
I bought this book for my 15 year old daughter who will be returning home after an extended stay at an eating disorder facility in Arizona.Thank goodness I read the book before I gave it to my daughter.This book would be of no benefit whatsoever for my recovering daughter.I can't imagine how it would be helpful to anyone struggling or recovering from an eating disorder, at least the struggle my daughter has endured with anorexia and bulimia. I felt like I was reading someone's personal diary and some of the sexual content was, in my opinion, inappropriate and not necessary.My daughter would not be able to relate to the author's exercise addiction and her bizarre relationships with food and men.The story was difficult to follow and I didn't end up caring much about the author.I returned the book to the store.I cannot recommend this book to anyone struggling with an eating disorder.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't Bother
A complete waste of time.The book is boring, over-written, cliche filled, confusing, and interspersed with poorly linked personal stories. Overall, this book has very little to do with the real and honest complexities of an eating disorder (something with which I have personal experience). The author awkwardly dances around her so-called "eating disorder" which seems to indicate that she doesn't even have an eating disorder. More than anything, the author is addicted to herself and exercise, and making sure she is in the attention spotlight and that her own narcissistic needs are met at the emotional expense and hurt of innocent others, especially her young children.She obviously has way too much free time on her hands given the exorbitant amount of time she chooses to spend on exercise, eating, thinking and writing about food.Her story is so shallow, it's almost laughable!Definitely not worth the read!
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17. Empty: A Story of Anorexia
by Christie Pettit
Paperback: 208 Pages (2006-07-01)
list price: US$16.00 -- used & new: US$3.99
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Asin: 0800731352
Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars
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More than five million adolescent girls struggle with eating dis-orders, and more than 80 percent of American women are unhappy with their bodies. Christie Pettit knows these statistics firsthand. As a college student with a tennis scholarship, she found herself eating less and less, compulsively exercising, and spiraling downward in a dangerous battle against anorexia. She was starving--but she didn't know it.Now with a two-color interior, Empty recounts Christie's gripping story, incorporating new statistics, reflections from her journal, and biblical insight. Her candid retelling of her experience shows the spiritual dimension of eating disorders and describes how Christie turned to the Bible as a source of strength and encouragement to help her overcome anorexia. Pastors, parents, counselors, and those battling anorexia--especially teen girls--will find hope and wise counsel in Christie's compelling story. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars ugh
I could not get into this at all. I had to return it in the end. It just didn't grab my attention, no matter how hard I tried.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not very good
Very hard to read..did not get much from this at all...seemed to have no point

1-0 out of 5 stars Oops should have read the reviews first
My review mirrors most others.Not only is it primarily bible verses (which is MY fault for not reading the reviews first) but the layout is so crazy that it's difficult to read. A book should be have a flow to it.Unfortunately this one is chopped up so badly with "journal" images and paragraph comments from others that it's not worth the effort.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't read if you're not ready to recover
This book is more about recovering than actually going through the anorexia process. I don't suggest the book if you're not ready to recover. Although, it occasionally gives out some tips and tricks, it's just not worth it. I would recommend reading Wasted by Marya Hornbacher or The Best Little Girl in the World if you're still on your journey to becoming a skinnier you.

1-0 out of 5 stars Horrible!
This book, Empty, is by far-the worst book I have ever read.It is written extremly poorly with no real "story".She is very vague on her journey, no good details, no visuals.More about God than I thought when I purchased it.I couldn't wait to be done reading it.Sorry for the rant, but I hated it.I don't recommend it to anyone.I think the author needs to take a better look at her life and just stick to journaling on her own time...instead of publishing it. ... Read more

18. Feeding Anorexia: Gender and Power at a Treatment Center
by Helen Gremillion
Paperback: 304 Pages (2003-01-01)
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Feeding Anorexia challenges prevailing assumptions regarding the notorious difficulty of curing anorexia nervosa. Through a vivid chronicle of treatments at a state-of-the-art hospital program, Helen Gremillion reveals how the therapies participate unwittingly in culturally dominant ideals of gender, individualism, physical fitness, and family life that have contributed to the dramatic increase in the incidence of anorexia in the United States since the 1970s. She describes how strategies including the meticulous measurement of patients' progress in terms of body weight and calories consumed ultimately feed the problem, not only reinforcing ideas about the regulation of women's bodies, but also fostering in many girls and women greater expertise in the formidable constellation of skills anorexia requires. At the same time, Gremillion shows how contradictions and struggles in treatment can help open up spaces for change.

Feeding Anorexia is based on fourteen months of ethnographic research in a small inpatient unit located in a major teaching and research hospital in the western United States. Gremillion attended group, family, and individual therapy sessions and medical staff meetings; ate meals with patients; and took part in outings and recreational activities.She also conducted over one hundred interviews-with patients, parents, staff, and clinicians.Among the issues she explores are the relationship between calorie-counting and the management of consumer desire; why the "typical" anorexic patient is middle-class and white; the extent to which power differentials among clinicians, staff, and patients model "anorexic families"; and the potential of narrative therapy to constructively reframe some of the problematic assumptions underlying more mainstream treatments.

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19. Demystifying Anorexia Nervosa: An Optimistic Guide to Understanding and Healing (Developmental Perspectives on Psychotraumatology)
by Alexander R Lucas
Paperback: 200 Pages (2008-05-01)
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Asin: 0195340809
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Emotionally and physically devastating, anorexia nervosa is the third most common chronic illness in teenage girls, striking one in every two hundred (boys only make up 10% of all cases). And while there are many books on the subject, most are either personal accounts of recovery or attempts to explain the disease from only one perspective, be it psychoanalytic, behavioral, cultural, or biological.
Now, in this much-needed resource, Dr. Alexander Lucas draws on 40 years of experience mostly at the Mayo Clinic to offer clear guidance and authoritative advice on how to overcome anorexia nervosa. Based on his own unique research with thousands of patients, and striking a careful balance between psychological, cultural, and biological approaches, Dr. Lucas demystifies this seemingly irrational disease and guides parents through the harrowing process of recovery. The book defines anorexia, illustrates how it can evolve and how common it really is, and outlines every part of the treatment process, from the early warning signs that parents should watch out for, to the initial evaluation, to specific treatment plans. Dr. Lucas emphasizes the patient's role in defining the healing process, with the support of the family and medical team. Throughout the book, he counsels optimism, stressing that in spite of the destructive power of the disease, most who suffer from anorexia nervosa fully recover and are able to live normal, healthy, and productive lives. In his new Introduction, Dr. Lucas stressesthe need for controlled studies of treatment in anorexia nervosa, and reiterates the hard truth that anorexia will always be a complex disorder that takes time and patience to overcome.
For anyone seeking level-headed, medically sound, and comprehensive guidance on the most effective treatments for this life-threatening disorder, Demystifying Anorexia Nervosa offers a wealth of reliable, reassuring information.

"A clear, informative book for every patient and parent to read and for every physician to recommend." --Lenore Terr, M.D.

"A must-read for patients and family as well as clinicians who want a concise, balanced, and up-to-date discussion of the art and science of the treatment of anorexia nervosa." --L. K. George Hsu, M.D. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A book directed chiefly to the families of Anorexia Nervosa
20 years ago being a parent to an Anorexia Nervosa patient often meant being subjected to scrutiny bordering onassumption that there must be some family "problem", overenmeshment etc. causing the child's illness.Dr. Luca's book sets the story straight and is genuinely helpful to parent's struggling with this disorder in an offspring, e.g. p 17, "Work with patient's) parents focused on helping them to cope better with Andrea's illness and on assuring them that they were not at fault."

This book is written in a very readable style and, reflecting Dr. Luca's academic credentials, it is accurate and informative.
I enthusiastically recommend it to my patients & their families.

5-0 out of 5 stars Well written with a warm bedside manner
This book offers lots of information, backed by both scientific sources and the author's personal experience as a physician.But what I appreciated most was the author's calm and reassuring tone.The book lives up to its subtitle, An Optimistic Guide to Understanding and Healing.Although Lucas describes admittedly alarming situations in detail, he does not sensationalize the disease.Instead he presents a very human side of both the victims and the loved ones (usually the parents).

I found that Demystifying Anorexia Nervosa is an excellent complement to Ellyn Satter's books about children's eating and the "division of responsibility" idea.Lucas, like Satter, place great importance on respecting the individual and the individual's desire to make decisions for him/herself.(For those who have not read Satter's books, they describe how to have the right feeding relationship with your child, and also offer excellent practical advice on feeding babies through school age children.) ... Read more

20. Understanding Eating Disorders: Conceptual and Ethical Issues in the Treatment of Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa (Issues in Biomedical Ethics)
by Simona Giordano
Paperback: 320 Pages (2008-02-10)
list price: US$49.95 -- used & new: US$26.89
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Asin: 0199232954
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Simona Giordano presents the first full philosophical study of ethical issues in the treatment of anorexia and bulimia nervosa.Beginning with a comprehensive analysis of these conditions and an exploration of their complex causes, she then proceeds to address legal and ethical dilemmas such as a patient's refusal of life-saving treatment.Illustrated with many case-studies, Understanding Eating Disorders is an essential tool for anyone working with sufferers of these much misunderstood conditions, and for all those ethicists, lawyers, and medical practitioners engaged with the widely relevant issues they raise. ... Read more

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