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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Amer Smajkic, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is a comprehensive review of the current information about anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and other kinds of eating disorders. The book describes risk factors, symptoms, medical complications, and treatment. It offers facts about body image, self esteem, nutrition, and exercise and includes a section that examines the relationship between athletics and eating disorders. Information about maintaining healthy eating and exercise habits is also included along with suggestions for additional reading and a directory of resources.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an inclusive book that organizes and disperses knowledge about all aspects of eating disorders. The book is organized in seven parts including overview, specifics, athletics and eating disorders, prevention and treatment, health issues, maintaining healthy eating, and sources for additional information.
Audience: Both parents and mental health professionals providing services to children and adolescents with eating disorders are the intended audience. It is very valuable for psychologists, counselors, individual therapists, social workers, psychiatrists, and medical students.
Features: The book outlines care, treatment, and prevention with realistic proposals on how to improve the situation of children and adolescents who suffer from eating disorders. In addition, the major principles and strategies of treatment and intervention are described, on an empirical basis, using a selected number of treatment approaches. Finally, the possibilities, strategies, and limitations of early detection and prevention are reviewed with the aim of improving the living conditions of children and families who are dealing with eating disorders. It takes reader step-by-step from the general description to specific disorders, treatment, and prevention. The book includes tables with handy explanations and tips. References are up-to-date and voluminous.
Assessment: This is a good and functional book for clinicians and mental health workers. It is written in a clear and structured manner and brings together rather complicated approaches in a simple style. It covers all the important issues in the area of eating disorders.