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A Parent's Guide to Eating Disorders and Obesity

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The obesity rate among children has doubled in the last twenty years, while the incidence of anorexia nervosa and bulimia has grown among adolescents and young adults to almost epidemic proportions. This is an essential guide to the diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders and obesity from the pediatricians, neurologists, child psychiatrists, psychologists and social ...
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Overview

The obesity rate among children has doubled in the last twenty years, while the incidence of anorexia nervosa and bulimia has grown among adolescents and young adults to almost epidemic proportions. This is an essential guide to the diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders and obesity from the pediatricians, neurologists, child psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers at the renowned Children’s Hospital and its affiliate, the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic.
 
Included in the book:
 
RECOGNIZING EATING DISORDERS AND OBESITY: How to interpret the warning signs of anorexia, bulimia, compulsive overeating, and obesity
DIAGNOSIS: A step-by-step examination of the symptoms; the medical complications and effects; understanding the physical and psychological implications
TREATMENT: The current treatments available. Including medical and psychological therapies
RECOVERY: Family involvement for the recovery process; what to expect in the future; what is the prognosis for your child
 
Also included is a list of resources and organizations specializing in eating disorders
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440506454
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/28/1993
  • Series: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,221,156
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Martha M. Jablow is the author of three other nonfiction books. She worked with the doctors at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and its affiliate to write this book. She and her husband and two children live in Philadelphia.
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Table of Contents

Foreword 1
Acknowledgments 4
Introduction 7
Author's Note 12
1 Profiles of Three Young Women with Eating Disorders 13
2 Understanding Eating Disorders 23
The Focus on Food 23
The Focus on Weight 26
An Historical Perspective on Anorexia 28
An Historical Perspective on Bulimia 32
The Prevalence Among Females 33
Young Men with Eating Disorders 36
3 Recognizing Eating Disorders 38
Warning Signs of Anorexia 38
Warning Signs of Bulimia 39
Warning Signs of Compulsive Overeating 40
Can Eating Disorders Overlap? 41
Keeping Things in Perspective 41
4 Anorexia Nervosa 45
Diagnosing Anorexia 48
Medical Complications 49
Effects on Physical Growth and Sexual Maturation 51
Psychological Effects 52
Prevalence and Prognosis 55
"How Did Her Anorexia Start?" 56
Family Environment 58
5 Bulimia 65
Diagnosing Bulimia 67
Medical Symptoms and Complications 70
Psychological Effects 72
Prevalence and Prognosis 75
"How Did Her Bulimia Start?" 76
Family Environment 81
6 Compulsive Overeating 84
Recognizing Compulsive Overeating 85
Who Is at Risk? 87
Social Attitudes Toward Overeating 88
Emotional Distress and Compulsive Overeating 89
7 Obesity 91
Definition and Statistics 92
The Increasing Incidence of Childhood Obesity 93
Medical Complications 95
Psychological Effects 96
The Origins of Obesity 98
Metabolism and Growth Patterns 100
Treatment of Childhood Obesity 102
8 Treatment of Eating Disorders 115
Don't Procrastinate 117
Taking the First Step 117
Telling Your Child 118
Anticipating Her Response 120
Locating a Therapist 122
A Family Approach to Therapy 122
Consumer Issues 137
9 Toward Recovery 140
Learning Another Language 141
Bridging Your Experiences 142
"Just Tell Us What to Do" 143
Some Points to Keep in Mind 143
What You May Expect 147
Therapy in Three Acts 149
Toward Termination 151
Notes 154
Resources 156
Index 161
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