Eating with Your Anorexic [NOOK Book]

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A source of hope and valuable information for parents of children with eating disorders

This poignant and informative narrative relates how one mother rescued her daughter from the "experts" and treated the girl's life-threatening anorexia using a controversial approach. Known as the Maudsley Approach, this home-based, family-centered therapy, developed in Great Britain in the 1980s, has been receiving a lot of press here over the past few years. While it has been widely used in...

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Overview

A source of hope and valuable information for parents of children with eating disorders

This poignant and informative narrative relates how one mother rescued her daughter from the "experts" and treated the girl's life-threatening anorexia using a controversial approach. Known as the Maudsley Approach, this home-based, family-centered therapy, developed in Great Britain in the 1980s, has been receiving a lot of press here over the past few years. While it has been widely used in Europe for many years and is rapidly gaining acceptance among parents and within the pediatric and child psychiatric communities in the United States, until now, there were no popular books on the subject. Must-reading for parents of children with eating disorders, Eating with Your Anorexic is:

  • The first popular book on an increasingly popular approach to curing eating disorders
  • A source of practical information and guidance for parents of children with eating disorders
  • An eloquent narrative filled with pathos that inspires, empowers, and informs
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Editorial Reviews

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According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (www.anad.org), the mortality rate for anorexia is higher than that of any other psychological disorder, and without treatment, up to 20 percent of those with serious eating disorders of any kind will die. These two works address anorexia, each focusing on the role of families in successful treatment. Clinical psychologist Dellasega (Surviving Ophelia; Girl Wars) presents findings from her work with the "true experts" on this disorder, parents of children with anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders. Organizing her work around anonymous family case studies, Dellasega addresses discovering the disorder; finding professional help; the impact on siblings, marriages, and careers; coping with insurance companies; and what happens after recovery. She includes consideration of boys, which alone is worth the investment in this important and innovative contribution to the field. What sets the work apart, though, is its emphasizing the need to integrate parents into the treatment process. Collins provides a poignant, informative memoir that relates how she rescued her daughter from "the experts" and treated her life-threatening anorexia using a controversial technique known as the Maudsley Approach. Developed in London in the 1980s by Christopher Dare and Ivan Eisler at Maudsley Hospital, the Maudsley Approach is a home-based, family-centered form of treatment now undergoing testing by psychologists at numerous institutions in this country. This approach emphasizes getting children to eat at home first, with therapy coming later; parents are not blamed for causing anorexia. The author offers numerous succinctly written chapters that should help parents struggling with anorexic children; her family's ultimate victory over anorexia vindicates this emerging model. This is an important title for professionals and a vital resource for families dealing with eating disorders. Both works are recommended for larger public libraries and for university libraries supporting the medical and helping professions.-Dale Farris, Groves, TX Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071471220
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
  • Publication date: 12/22/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,183,025
  • File size: 281 KB

Meet the Author

Laura Collins is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in a number of magazines, including iParenting.com, Skirt!, Adoptive Families, Potomac Review and others.

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix
1 How to Get Fired by Your Therapist 1
2 "You Should Probably Eat More" 5
3 Who Are You Calling White, Wealthy, and Great in School? 13
4 "Everyone Eats!" 17
5 Take the Fork Away-She's Not Done Yet 23
6 Rock-Throwing Lesson #1 27
7 Rock-Throwing Lesson #2 31
8 The Disease That Speaks Only Its Name 33
9 Folks, Don't Try This at Home! 39
10 The Anorexia Table 47
11 Show Me the Money 51
12 Not Eating with Your Anorexic 53
13 Waivering 59
14 Bring in the Clowns: Booking a Stay with Ronald McDonald 63
15 "The Wishes of A.N." 67
16 A Familiar Odor 73
17 Snake Swallows Self 79
18 Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain! 85
19 Feminist Turns into Donna Reed-Details at 11 93
20 Like a Lab Sheds Water 97
21 Blinking Madly 101
22 "Creepy, Cruel, and Highly Disturbing" 105
23 Nature Versus Nurture 111
24 From Earthnik to Pusher 117
25 Night and Day 121
26 Life Support-No, Not That Kind 125
27 The Sirens 133
28 "You're Not Fat!" 137
29 Reshelving 141
30 Stuff and Release 145
31 What's a Nice Therapist Like You... 149
32 Showing Our Colors 153
33 They Are Ill. What's Our Excuse? 157
34 Happy Living Day 159
Afterword 165
Parent to Parent: What I'd Say to You Over Coffee (and a Slice of Baklava!) 169
Appendix History of the Maudsley Approach 175
Acknowledgments 179
Resources 181
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  • Posted January 20, 2011

    Must read!

    One of the best books about eating disorders containing facts, research (not theories), and hope. Will not disappoint. For more information on evidence-based treatment for eating disorders, google F.E.A.S.T.

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  • Posted December 13, 2010

    Must read book! #1 Book for Anorexia!

    This book saves lives - sounds like a commercial but it's true. It introduces the Maudsley Method, evidence-based treatment for eating disorders that has the highest success rate far, far beyond traditional therapy. The book is packed with information about how to truly help your child recover. Laura is an amazing pioneer in a field that is still using out of date, inaccurate "theories" and treatment. Check out the F.E.A.S.T. website created by Laura and "Around the Dinner Table" a forum for families using the Family Based Therapy method. She also has a blog called Laura's Soap Box. Other books that are truly enlightening and effective are Brave Girl Eating, Give Food a Chance (available on Amazon or possibly on the Kartini Clinic website) by Dr. Julie O Toole, and Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder. The contributions Laura has made by writing this book are immeasurable especially when you ask parents who stumbled on this book how it made all the difference for their dear child. I hope someday soon, soon, soon that the only researched based treatment, the Maudsley Method that Laura writes about (the common method of care in Europe), will be the first therapy practiced in America too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2007

    are you serious???

    I couldn't even finish reading this book. Kudos to Laura Collins for 'trying' to make this book fly, but to me it sounds like she is trying to make herself out to be 'mom of the year', and/or leader of what seems to be like a new cult. I would not recommend this book at all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2005

    informational

    Eating With Your Anorexic offers hope to families dealing with this disease. The book offers different ways to help people with anorexia nervosa. The author, Laura Collins, bashes on the professional approach towards the disease, but that is only because it did not work for her daughter. I think the book is very well written and it offers guidance to those in this situation, but I do not think that there was enough evidence behind her accusations against doctors. Laura Collins provides the reader with day to day information on how she helped her daughter. She allows readers to realize there is more than one way to treat anorexia nervosa. At the same time, Collins degrades other treatments making it sound as if family based is the only way out. From my own personal experience, I know this is not the case. She should have backed up her accusations with substantial evidence. This would have made her book more believable and reliable in the long run.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2005

    Enlightening

    The amount of information this mother amassed to save her child is staggering. The way she presents it is clear and passionate and, I'm almost embarrassed to say, enjoyable. Anyone who even suspects they may have an anorexic in their life should read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2005

    A disappointment

    Ms. Collins seems to think she has reinvented the wheel in this account. In what can only be described as a gross oversimplification of the treatment and recovery of anorexia nervosa. By stating that she never gave Olympia the choice whether or not to comply. If curing anorexia was as simple as making the sufferer eat, the hospital programs would be more effective when they refeed patients. I was disappointed in what could have been an interesting book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2005

    Focuses on a solution, not giving attention to the symptoms

    I could empathize with this family's struggle to find help for their daughter's disordered thinking. Their solution is so simple, it seems unbelievable, but it worked for them and has a high success rate in England. It has made me rethink everything I learned in the past.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2005

    Offering hope

    This book gets five stars because it offers a clear, well-written, common-sense accounting of what worked for one family faced with the nightmare that is anorexia. The author does not claim to have all the answers, she just suggests there may be another way to approach healing. Best of all, she gives parents permission to have a part in that healing. I have seen firsthand that the Maudsley method can work. What a breakthrough for young anorexics and their parents!

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