Life Without Ed [NOOK Book]

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 ...

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Life Without Ed

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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

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"The truth is we all talk to ourselves. We just need to get better at it," counsels psychotherapist Rutledge in this self-help book for women with eating disorders, which he wrote with one of his patients, Schaefer, a singer/songwriter and media personality in Nashville, who both binges and purges. As might be expected in a book that draws from both psychotherapy and country western music, the story concerns a fine woman and the no good man she's stuck with. In this case, the evil, controlling character is a non-person Schaefer names Ed, from the initials E.D. (as in eating disorder). Whether Schaefer is alone in her kitchen or dining with friends, she "hears" Ed telling her she resembles a "barnyard animal," that all the girls in her eating disorder therapy group are thinner than she is, or that it would feel good to go to bed on an empty stomach. "There is something inside me... that has chained itself to Ed with a heavy-duty lock and thrown away the key," she writes. With the help of therapist Rutledge, who shares his professional observations in sections entitled "Thom's Turn," Schaefer finally gains the strength to keep Ed at bay. Schaefer's literary construct of an interior voice will delight some readers and annoy others, but if it helps any readers overcome their own disorders, it's been effective. (Feb.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071834230
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
  • Publication date: 1/31/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 68,823
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Jenni Schaefer is an internationally known writer and speaker whose work has helped change the face of recovery from eating disorders. Appearing regularly on national radio and television, she is the bestselling author of Goodbye Ed, Hello Me. Recently she has collaborated with Harvard Medical School to coauthor Almost Anorexic. She is also the chair of the Ambassadors Council of the National Eating Disorders Association. An accomplished singer/songwriter, Jenni lives in Austin, Texas. For more information, visit www.jennischaefer.com.



Thom Rutledge is a psychotherapist and the author of Embracing Fear: How to Turn What Scares Us into Our Greatest Gift. For more information, visit thomrutledge.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2005

    I recommend it!

    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.'

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2005

    You are so right

    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

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2009

    Noone prepared me for E.D.

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2006

    Mother of a teenager with an eating disorder

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2013

    As I parent of a child with an E.D., this book was very eye-open

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2013

    This was by far one of the best books I have read about eating d

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2012

    Excellent Book

    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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  • Posted May 5, 2011

    Awesome

    Amazing book..... highly recommend!!!

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  • Posted January 30, 2011

    inspirational

    helped me overcome a lot of obstacles and struggles in my life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2009

    very important read for anyone exposed to EDs!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2006

    it was all too real

    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.

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