Help for Eating Disorders: A Parent's Guide to Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

Help for Eating Disorders: A Parent's Guide to Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

by Debra K. Katzman, Leora Pinhas
     
 

Straightforward solutions to difficult problems.

Most teenagers have a friend who has been affected by an eating disorder. Such disorders affect almost 20% of teenage girls in North America at some point in their development.

Magazines and movies constantly stress a thin body image as the defining force for popularity. The message teenagers get is that

Overview

Straightforward solutions to difficult problems.

Most teenagers have a friend who has been affected by an eating disorder. Such disorders affect almost 20% of teenage girls in North America at some point in their development.

Magazines and movies constantly stress a thin body image as the defining force for popularity. The message teenagers get is that thin is the only route to popularity and happiness.

Through the Eating Disorder Program, Drs. Katzman and Pinhas, at The Hospital for Sick Children, have developed a program that helps young people and their parents deal with the problems of eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia.

First, the book shows parents how to identify an eating disorder and when to become concerned about it.

Second, there is vital information for parents on how to become informed users of the health care system and how to collaborate in their child's treatment.

Third, practical support for parents, family members and coaches enables them to participate in the recovery of a child or adolescent with an eating disorder.

Worksheets, diaries and first-person case studies assists parents and caregivers to help youth overcome an eating disorder.

Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Amer Smajkic, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book describes diagnosis and treatment of, and recovery from, eating disorders. It offers a basic understanding of eating disorders, specifics on how they affect children and adolescents, how to recognize if they need help, how to perceive the assessment and treatment of children with eating disorders, and what to expect from recovery and treatment.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a detailed book that organizes clinical knowledge and personal experience about all the major areas of eating disorders. The book is organized into three parts including diagnosis, treatment, and family and community roles in recovery and prevention.
Audience: The targeted audiences are mainly parents and families, but professionals whose daily life involves working with children and adolescents with eating disorders could also benefit.
Features: The book outlines description, myths, misconceptions, risk factors, causes, how to identify and how to recognize complications related to eating disorders. It describes care and treatment, focusing on treatment resources in the community, getting assessment, choosing a treatment strategy, learning to eat again, coping with relapses, and making the transition from adolescent to adult. Information about focusing on roles of family and community in recovery and prevention of eating disorders detail how to help yourself and your child, how to look for resources in social networks, how to educate professionals working with your child, and what to expect from recovery are included. The text is strengthened with tables, handy explanations, tips, and valuable cases with two personal testimonials written by a parent and by a young person with anorexia. References are up to date.
Assessment: This is a good functional book targeting parents, but also useful to professionals and clinicians. It is written in clear and structured manner. The book does highlight all the important issues in the area of eating disorders.
Journal of the National Medication Association
Magnificent realistic advice to those who care for and about a child with an eating disorder... The book is highly recommended — accolades and applause to the authors for responsibly educating the public about eating disorders.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780778801153
Publisher:
Rose, Robert Incorporated
Publication date:
04/05/2005
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
205,797
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.82(d)

Meet the Author

Debra K. Katzman, MD, FRCP (C) and Leora Pinhas, MD both work with the Eating Disorder Program at The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto.

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