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The eating disorders - anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and obesity -affect many thousands of people each year, particularly young women, though men as well. This comprehensive guide considers why eating disorders occur, and then looks at each in turn, describing the eating behaviours, diagnosis, and treatments available. This new edition has been fully revised and updated. Included is a new chapter explaining and providing advice on the problems someone with an eating disorder may face while pregnant, and after giving birth. An additional chapter looks at the problems that the family or friends of someone with an eating disorder may face, accepting that there is a problem, the feeling that somehow they are responsible, helplessness, and how they can cope and provide support and help for the sufferer Sympathetically and clearly written, the book provides an authoritative resource on eating disorders and how to treat them, one that will prove valuable for sufferers and their families.
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Reviewer: Diana Marta, BSN, RN (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This handbook on eating disorders is designed for anyone who wants or needs to know more about the increasingly pervasive illnesses involving disordered eating. This fifth edition (previous one published in 1997) and adds the important sections of eating disorders and pregnancy and the impact on families. Its first person accounts in the case studies are particularly illuminating and give an enhanced insight into these disorders.
Purpose: The goal is to update the information known about disordered eating in all its manifestations. Because treatment is increasingly being offered in the community and because early intervention can be crucial to improving outcome, this is an important contribution to the body of knowledge on this subject. It is clearly written and well organized making it a good reference, as well as an interesting cover-to-cover read.
Audience: Although one of its main goals is to reach family practitioners and families, because both play such an integral role in treatment, this book can be read by anyone because it avoids psychobabble and insider jargon. The authors consulted an eating disorder clinic and are affiliated with the University of Sydney (Australia) obstetrics/gynecology department. Other credentials are not mentioned.
Features: This book examines the etiology of eating disorders from all disciplines including psychological, sociocultural and biological aspects and then does a good job of integrating all of these into an explanation of the various manifestations of the illness. The patient writings are especially helpful in gaining insight to the mindset of an eating disordered patient. A glossary of terms is helpful for the layperson and the book is organized in a way that allows someone to read on a specific topic without reading it cover to cover. I found no shortcomings.
Assessment: This book gives an excellent overview on eating disorders. It covers the details of biology and psychology without being ponderous but then goes on to attempt to explore the origins and thought disorders behind the behavior. Some charts are included within the book but ones pertaining to weight/height details are at the back so as not to intrude on the body of the work. I found it to be an interesting read and a good reference all in one.
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sufferers and their families.. From review of previous edition '...provides succinct and comprehensive general information on eating disorders to patients, their families, and health professionals... the book is an easy read for its entire targeted audience from the patient to the physician.' Doody's Health Sciences Book Review Journal

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198509370
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Series: Facts Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 4.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Adolescent eating behaviour 1
2 Eating disorders - an overview 22
3 Why do eating disorders occur? 45
4 Eating disorders and sexuality 61
5 Eating disorders, pregnancy, and postpartum 72
6 Investigation of eating disorders 91
7 The general management of eating disorders 104
8 The family 122
9 Anorexia nervosa 132
10 Bulimia nervosa 189
11 Obesity 237
App. A Body Mass Index (BMI) charts 300
App. B pounds to kilograms chart 303
Further reading 305
Glossary 308
Index 313
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