Just a Little Too Thin: How to Pull Your Child Back from the Brink of an Eating Disorder

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"Some diets are just that - a brief episode of calorie- or fat-counting. They're merely attempts to lose weight for the sake of a smaller skirt size. Other diets, however, can signal the kind of problem with food that has nothing to do with shape or size but everything to do with emotional issues that, left undetected, could bring your child to the brink of an eating disorder. The line between one and the other is sometimes hard to determine, and many girls slip over that line quickly and quietly. Unless you know what to look for. And unless you
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"Some diets are just that - a brief episode of calorie- or fat-counting. They're merely attempts to lose weight for the sake of a smaller skirt size. Other diets, however, can signal the kind of problem with food that has nothing to do with shape or size but everything to do with emotional issues that, left undetected, could bring your child to the brink of an eating disorder. The line between one and the other is sometimes hard to determine, and many girls slip over that line quickly and quietly. Unless you know what to look for. And unless you know what to do to help." Outlining what your daughter might do and say in the three distinct stages of eating behavior - from "innocent" to "exhilarated" to the "preoccupied dieter" - renowned eating disorder expert Dr. Michael Strober and therapist Meg Schneider help you detect the severity of your child's weight issues and steer her clear of (or maneuver her off) a slippery slope that could lead to a serious eating disorder. In Just a Little Too Thin, they also offer compassionate guidance on how to talk about weight and eating in ways that won't alienate your daughter. They provide you with the tools to help her cope with the emotional issues fueling her growing obsession with her weight. If professional help or medical intervention becomes necessary, Strober and Schneider outline what to look for in seeking out various kinds of available care.
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Psychiatric Services
Not only terrific for therapists, but also for parents. Offers concrete advice on what to say, look for, and do.
Publishers Weekly
As the title indicates, this thorough and informative guide targets teens who are teetering on the edge of a potential eating disorder, exhibiting warning signs yet still on the brink. At this delicate and precarious point, there are preventive measures concerned parents can take, which eating disorder authority Strober and psychologist Schneider clearly delineate in a user-friendly, approachable style. The dual authorship allows for not only a variety of illustrative anecdotes, but also for both the male and female perspective on body image. The book alerts parents to signs they may not have otherwise noticed, and presents a number of realistic scenarios and suggestions for parents to counter almost any situation that may arise in regard to burgeoning eating disorders. Although some of the advice may seem forced--such as initiating more conversations about "feelings"--the book's suggestions are easily adaptable. The call for more direct communication as well as a comprehensible breakdown of the various behaviors that can indicate a potential eating problem will give readers a firm grip on the issue, its dangers and ways to step in before it's too late. Agent, Carol Mann. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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During the past decade, a plethora of books on adolescent eating disorders has been published. Strober, director of the Eating Disorders and Adolescent Mood Disorders Programs at the Neuropsychiatric Institute at UCLA, and therapist Schneider, who specializes in treating adolescents and their families, attempt to carve a new niche in this area. Their focus is the "slippery slope that leads to poor health, even if it is not a diagnosed eating disorder," and they divide this slope into three stages-innocent, exhilarated, and obsessed-spending the bulk of the book defining the warning signs and characteristics of each stage. Numerous case studies provide examples of teenage girls who are excessively weight-conscious or abnormally preoccupied with dieting. Although the authors contend that parents can be highly effective in treating potential eating disorders, they offer little substantial advice; instead, they merely suggest that parents encourage and talk to their children and, when that doesn't work, seek professional help. A much more useful selection is Marcia Herrin's The Parent's Guide to Childhood Eating Disorders, which provides specific guidelines for dealing with confronting resistance, ensuring that a child's health is not damaged, setting limits on strenuous exercise, and educating the child to make sound food choices. Not recommended.-Ilse Heidmann, Washington State Lib., Olympia Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780738210186
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 8/15/2005
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael A. Strober, Ph.D., is the Director of both the Eating Disorders Program and Adolescent Mood Disorders Program at the Neuropsychiatric Institute at UCLA. Also the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Eating Disorders, he lives in Los Angeles, California. Meg Schneider, M.A., L.M.S.W., is a therapist who divides her time between a private practice and an outpatient mental health center in New York, where she specializes in treating adolescents and their families.

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Table of Contents

1 "I need to be thinner" 1
2 The media factor 21
3 The role of the family 43
4 The emotional undercurrent 73
5 Stage one : the innocent dieter 97
6 Stage two : the exhilarated dieter 117
7 Stage three : the obsessed and preoccupied dieter 137
8 Seeking the help of others 159
9 The antidote : keeping it healthy 185
10 A brief look at some relevant research 205
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