Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too / Edition 1

Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too / Edition 1

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by Jenni Schaefer, Thom Rutledge
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0071422986

ISBN-13: 9780071422987

Pub. Date: 12/22/2003

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing

The 10th Anniversary Edition of the book that has given hope and inspiration to thousands who are dealing with eating disorders

"If you or someone you love has an eating disorder, this is the book to read."
—Dr. Phil

Jenni had been in an abusive relationship with Ed for far too long. He controlled Jenni’s life, distorted her

Overview

The 10th Anniversary Edition of the book that has given hope and inspiration to thousands who are dealing with eating disorders

"If you or someone you love has an eating disorder, this is the book to read."
—Dr. Phil

Jenni had been in an abusive relationship with Ed for far too long. He controlled Jenni’s life, distorted her self-image, and tried to physically harm her throughout their long affair. Then, in therapy, Jenni learned to treat her eating disorder as a relationship, not a condition. By thinking of her eating disorder as a unique personality separate from her own, Jenni was able to break up with Ed once and for all.

Inspiring, compassionate, and filled with practical exercises to help you break up with your own personal E.D., Life Without Ed provides hope to the millions of people plagued by eating disorders. Beginning with Jenni’s “divorce” from Ed, this supportive, lifesaving book combines a patient’s insights and experiences with a therapist’s prescriptions for success to help you live a healthier, happier life without Ed.

This 10th anniversary edition features a new afterword as well as sections devoted to family, friends, and supporters; how treatment professionals can use the book with their patients; and men with eating disorders.

"Of all the great books written on eating disorders, none has had a wider reach than Life Without Ed. Those suffering have found connection and hope, family members have found understanding and empathy, professionals have learned from it and praised it. It will remain a classic for decades to come."
—Michael E. Berrett, PhD, psychologist; CEO and cofounder of the Center for Change; coauthor of Spiritual Approaches in the Treatment of Women with Eating Disorders

"[Life Without Ed] was the first [book] to teach readers that they can not only separate from their eating disorder, but also disagree with and disobey it. I wholeheartedly recommend this witty, hopeful guide to patients, carers, professionals, and anyone else who wants to understand what it's really like to live with an eating disorder and ultimately triumph over it."
—Jennifer J. Thomas, PhD, assistant professor of psychology at the Harvard Medical School; co-director of the Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital

"This uplifting book’s intimate inner dialogue has energized countless young women—and men—in their own recoveries from eating disorders."
—Leigh Cohn, MAT, CEDS, coauthor of Making Weight: Men’s Conflicts with Food, Weight, Shape & Recovery

"Jenni is truly a remarkable woman. She unselfishly shares her struggles and triumphs in something that will probably affect all of us in one way or another in our lifetime. Her candid and inspiring story will truly help those suffering from their own "Ed." I feel privileged to know her and her story."
—Jamie-Lynn Sigler, actress

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780071422987
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date:
12/22/2003
Edition description:
Net
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
63,817
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

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Life Without Ed 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have suffered for nearly 15 years with eating disorders. While I was in treatment I heard people talk about this book. I bought it, read it and loved it. She totally understands what you are going through while recovering from Ed. She lets you know that you are not alone and that there is hope. Above all, she is a survivor and it gave me hope that I would be one too. I highly recommend it to anyone trying to 'divorce Ed.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have also lived with Ed for 20 years and you could not have said it any better in this book. Of all the eating disorder books this is by far the one that may help me overcome the Ed in my life before I lose my husband and 4 kids. Thanks Jenni
Mybella More than 1 year ago
Ed has found his way into our family and noone prepared me for it. He was never invited, he just showed up and never left. If you too, have this univited guest, E.D. (eating disorder)in your home, I highly recommend reading this book. Jenni helps you to wrap your head around what is happening in your childs mind, which affects his/her behavior and decisions they are making. I am not certain that I personally would recommend your child reading it. I would recommend the parents read it first and then decide. My worry is that the information within might feed the disease. Just my opinion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My daughter and I both read this book when she was hospitalized for her eating disorder. It was a great help. Almost a year later as struggles come up we both go back to the book for inspiration.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As I parent of a child with an E.D., this book was very eye-opening. Her therapist recommended it for both patient and parents. When I see my child struggle, I can hear the "voice" inside her. I know the conversations and fight she is dealing with. This book was a good source of information and strength for those of us on the outside, yet clearly affected by the disease and it's consequences. I learned it was a psychological disease, not just physical, which sadly is how many physicians treat it. I believe counseling as well as close medical supervision is required to be successful. My child did not want to read it at first, and I can now hear ED's voice telling her not to. No matter how you want to share this book, it will still be of tremendous help and support.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was by far one of the best books I have read about eating disorders.  The author does an excellent job at explaining the mental struggle / war that one faces while battling Ed.  It has helped me approach recovery from a different angle.
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I purchased this book as a gift on the recommendatoin of friends who have read it. Both the recipient of the gift and the friend said the book is the best they have read on the subject, and they've read quite a few!
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JoAnn Fletcher More than 1 year ago
Amazing book..... highly recommend!!!
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Livia Suresh More than 1 year ago
helped me overcome a lot of obstacles and struggles in my life.
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this book is useful in recovery not only for whomever suffers with ed but the treatment team, and the family/friends of the individual. i appreciate how she is able to communicate her thoughts and helps to encourage readers. she makes it easy to continue reading, letting me know that she feels/felt the way i do throughout my marriage with ed and the beginning of our nasty divorce. bravo!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As I was reading parts of this book I realized that I might have a problem. The feelings Jenni felt were all too similar to the way I feel. The way she approched the subject matter was also very creative.