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.