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The Eating Disorders Sourcebook: A Comprehensive Guide to the Causes, Treatments, and Prevention of Eating Disorders (Sourcebooks)

Sound, sensitive advice for overcoming an eating disorder Anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, exercise addictions . . . these disorders can be devastating, but they are in no way unbeatable. Therapist Carolyn Costin, herself recovered from anorexia, brings three decades of experience and the newest research in the field together, providing readers with the latest treatments, from medication and behavioral therapy to alternative remedies. Whether you are living with an eating disorder or you are a loved one or professional helping someone who is, The Eating Disorder Sourcebook will help you: Recognize and identify eating disorders Discover and work with the underlying causes of an eating disorder Make the right choices when comparing treatment options Understand what is expected in individual, group, and family therapy Know when outpatient treatment is not enough and what else can be done

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Review by M. Ruth Stine:

This book provides an excellent overview of many aspects of eating disorders and their treatment. Carolyn Costin is extremely insightful and knowledgable about the subject and she writes in a clear, accessible way.

The book also is full of case examples that demonstrate the theories/treatment interventions she talks about. These are usually brief and easy to understand. Both her understanding of eating disorders and the treatment interventions she uses are translateable and quite useful in the treatment of eating disordered patients.

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

A unique new approach to treating eating disorders Eight million women in the United States suffer from anorexia nervosa and/or bulimia. For these women, the road to recovery is a rocky one. Many succumb to their eating disorders. Life Without Ed offers hope to all those who suffer from these often deadly disorders. For years, author Jennifer Schaefer lived with both anorexia and bulimia. She credits her successful recovery to the technique she learned from her psychologist, Thom Rutledge. This groundbreaking book illustrates Rutledge’s technique. As in the author’s case, readers are encouraged to think of an eating disorder as if it were a distinct being with a personality of its own. Further, they are encouraged to treat the disorder as a relationship rather than as a condition. Schaefer named her eating disorder Ed; her recovery involved “breaking up” with Ed Shares the points of view of both patient and therapist in this approach to treatment Helps people see the disease as a relationship from which they can distance themselves Techniques to defeat negative thoughts that plague eating disorder patients Prescriptive, supportive, and inspirational, Life Without Ed shows readers how they too can overcome their eating disorders.

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

Review by Sarah Wiley:

I just looked up the word “campy,” and there is nothing campy about Life without Ed. As a woman recovering from an eating disorder and as a clinician treating eating disorders, I find this book to be a refreshing change from the staus quo of tortuous memoirs and over-intellectualized material that tends to occupy this market.The recovery work described in this book is undoubtedly the real deal. Jenni Schaefer has obviously worked hard to overcome her eating disorder and she is to be congratulated for that. And while we’re at it, let’s congratulate her for the willingness to share her story so candidly, and for being creative enough to bring such a delightful sense of humor to this very serious subject matter. She no doubt gets some of the humor from her therapist and co-author Thom Rutledge. His writing (the best of which is Embracing Fear) always manages to bring together serious self-help and the kind of humor that offers a perspective that is in and of itself healing.If you have even the slightest interest in understanding the inner-workings of eating disorders, buy this book. If you are a therapist or counselor who works with eating disorders, buy this book. If you love someone with an eating disorder, buy this book. And if you have an eating disorder — definitely buy this book. Who says medicine has to taste bad to be good? Learn, grow and enjoy Life without Ed.Sarah Wiley, Ph.D.

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Jenni Schaefer has accurately captured the life and feelings of a perfectionist in her book Life Without Ed. Although I have never experienced an eating disorder, I obsess about calorie intake on a daily basis and am bound by the chains of physical appearance. I found the exercises at the end of each section helpful in confronting the voices and negative criticisms that my own abusive SuperEgo (Ed) throws my way. Jenni Schaefer does not discount the seriousness of eating disorders nor does she try to convince you that divorce from ED is easy. She provides practical ways to distinguish between what is healthy and what is ED. The awarness that I gained from this book (especially section 1) has enabled me to start the separation process from my own abusive self criticism. This book applies to all recovering perfectionists. The exercises, personal experiences, strength, and weakness that the author shared make it a real and valuable resource on my path to recovery. I highly recommend this book to anyone enduring self criticism and abuse.

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It’s Not About the Weight: Attacking Eating Disorders from the Inside Out

Dr. Susan J. Mendelsohn is all too familiar with eating disorders: she has personally wrestled with them for more than fifteen years. It’s Not about the Weight: Attacking Eating Disorders from the Inside Out is part self-help guide and part memoir that tackles growing up with—and growing through—the challenge of body image distortions. Whether you’re just beginning your battle with an eating disorder (ED) or have struggled for years, this guide addresses the common themes of weight and body image preoccupations, the psychological place in which you may find yourself and, most importantly, how you can manage these obsessions through practical steps of self-healing—from the inside out. Weaving real-life cases of Dr. Mendelsohn’s clinical practice with her own personal struggles, this compelling success story shows you the appropriate steps in how to overcome the obstacles of weight and body image, how to triumphantly manage weight during recovery, how to maintain an overall satisfying existence, and how to finally live your life no matter what shape, size, or weight you are at any given time. Take this unique opportunity to let It’s Not about the Weight guide you to a successful recovery and an overall healthy and balanced lifestyle!

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Review by Diana Kline:

This book is an excellent read for anyone who struggles with an ED, or knows someone who does, or who just wants to understand ED’s better. The author communicates psychological terms into layman’s words, so that the concepts as to why human beings develop eating disorders are very understandable and easy to grasp. In a very personable, compassionate, and often humorous way, she dictates how eating disorders are NOT about weight or food, but much deeper, hidden issues and internal conflicts that have often been going on subconsciously for years inside the minds of those who suffer.

As a survivor of anorexia in the maintenance phase, I am all to familiar with this struggle. I grow so weary of talk shows and magazine covers that turn eating disorder sufferers into “freak shows.” The world still has a long way to go in understanding this type of disorder! I applaud Mendelsohn’s efforts and courage to bring this topic out of the closet and discuss it in a very frank yet understandable way. This is a fantastic read which I highly recommend to anyone!

Review by Jennifer Swafford:

I think Dr. Susie Mendelsohn does a fabulous job of drawing the reader in and making everything understandable in such a way that they can take the new information gleaned and start making real changes in their life. Some of the concepts discussed are not necessarily new but presented in a way that not only makes sense but seem viable to actually implement. The prevalence of eating disorders is alarmingly high, and it’s very difficult to reach into the minds and touch the hearts of those silently suffering with Ed, day in and day out. As the reader you KNOW the author actually undertands the facets of each eating disorder and so has this marked ability to speak to each person reading the book. And, if you are not a sufferer but a friend or a parent of one, I think this book would also be very helpful in gaining a new perspective on what is going on. As a personal Ed sufferer in recovery, it was a joy to read this book. It not only empowered me in that moment and that day, but stayed with me to help me have the courage to fight. It helped me realize that I have the power to be in control and I can say no to being a victim. I’m far from perfect but keeping a positive attitude and holding onto my control, while actually believing I do have a great deal of control over my own health and life, has made a huge difference in getting my freedom back. To all you suffering out there, there is hope and the greatest defeat would be letting Ed take over your identity and your life. Each and every one of you are worth it, you are worth a fighting chance, and you matter. It may sound cheesy but if you think about it, it’s true. And as the book says, it’s not about the weight… when will the world understand?!!!

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Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Eating Disorders

This book provides the first comprehensive guide to the practice of “enhanced” cognitive behavior therapy (CBT-E), the latest version of the leading empirically supported treatment for eating disorders. Written with the practitioner in mind, the book demonstrates how this transdiagnostic approach can be used with the full range of eating disorders seen in clinical practice. Christopher Fairburn and colleagues describe in detail how to tailor CBT-E to the needs of individual patients, and how to adapt it for adolescents and patients who require hospitalization. Also addressed are frequently encountered co-occurring disorders and how to manage them. Reproducible appendices feature the Eating Disorder Examination interview and questionnaire. 

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Review by Dr Wells:

This book provides an excellent guide and resouce to health professionals working with this challenging patient group. The new transdiagnostic treatment is well developed and consisely described. The book provides a step by step guide as well as useful treatment strategies to deal with the core psychopathology. Well worth buying.

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Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder

Always harmful and potentially deadly, eating disorders can wreak havoc on families. Unfortunately, the same can often be said of their treatment: blaming parents for the illness, many eating disorder programs exclude parents and widen the rift in an already shattered family. This powerful and controversial book by top researchers James Lock and Daniel le Grange argues that parents are not the culprits but the key to their teen’s recovery. Based on new research, Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder shows how parents can break the disorder’s control over their child’s mind and re-establish normal eating and family relations. The odds for full recovery drop precipitously if treatment is delayed. A radically important wake up call, this book urges parents to act now.

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Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder Reviews

Review by Constant Reader:

To say that this book is revolutionary would not be an exaggeration. For decades, Anorexia and Bulimia in their many forms were viewed as the result of a combination of family dysfunction and social pressures. Though the scientific evidence to support this was pretty weak tea, that was and still is the dominant view of experts who treat this illness. (See Hilde Bruch’s “The Golden Cage”. It perfectly captures this view.)

In practice, this translated into therapies for anorexics in which families were told “not to make food an issue” and that their adolescent son or daughter was really expressing a need to “control” their environment. Any effort to actually feed the starving child was discouraged. Instead, parents were and are told that their child had to “choose” to get better first.

Lock and LeGrange are both research scientists and psychiatric practitioners who stumbled upon the research done at the Maudsley Hospital in London on eating disorders. The researchers at Maudsley did three novel things. First, they decided to be agnostic on the causes of anorexia. This freed them up to do a second thing; feed the starving child. In order to accomplish this, they had to do the third and final revolutionary thing which was to enlist the parents as part of the re-feeding process. In other words, the parents were now part of the cure, rather than part of the problem.

This stood current treatment for anorexics on its head. Amazingly, the researchers documented the most successful “cure” rate for any scientifically conducted study on anorexia treatment. “Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder” introduces parents to and guides them through the Maudsley approach.

This book was not written as a self-help manual, but it was written for parents and contains loads of practical advice garnered from years of working directly with sufferers and their parents. For example, they address common questions such as: should my child weigh himself; do I take her grocery shopping with me;establish a regular pattern of eating; what to do about binging and purging; how should one deal with friends; what to do about new clothes;and, naturally, how to help your child eat more.

What you won’t find is endless but unprovable psycho-babble that makes you sick with guilt over why your child won’t eat. L and L address the significant emotional issues attendant with the disease, but they don’t blame the parents for them; they blame the illness. I cannot begin to tell you how refreshing that is.

This is a book that demands a place in the home of every parent trying to help their son or daughter caught in the misery of an ED. It offers not just hope, but solutions.

Review by Sam I Am:

Excellent advice by leading researchers at Stanford and U of Chicago in eating disorders. The authors offer practical advice on helping your child recover from this strange disease.

The commonsense approach of “supported nutrition” also known as the “Maudsley method” has been clinically proven more effective than the tradition therapy approaches.

There is much “psycho-babble” about the causes of this disease which can lead to many deadend approaches to treatment.

You cannot afford to wait. Get your child treatment today and read this book. Another highly recommended is “Eating with your Anorexic” by Laura Collins which is more of a journal of her families odessy with ED treatment. Check out her site (…)

-Parent of a 12 year old anorexic

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The Secret Language of Eating Disorders: How You Can Understand and Work to Cure Anorexia and Bulimia

Self-Help/Women’s HealthAcclaim for Peggy Claude-Pierre’s
The Secret Language of Eating Disorders”Peggy Claude-Pierre has gone beyond the surface of eating disorders to discover their true causes and then present a valid and healing path. In this extremely constructive book, she offers incredible insights into the mind of the sufferer and the myths of eating disorders.” –Keith J. Karren, Ph.D.,
Department Chair, Health Sciences,
Brigham Young University”Peggy Claude-Pierre is a warrior–ferocious and relentless–whose work has rescued a decade of sufferers.” –Edward Feller, M.D., F.A.C.P.,
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine,
Brown University School of Medicine”Peggy Claude-Pierre has created a paradigm shift in the way we view and treat anorexia. Peggy has shifted the focus of care from that of controlling the symptoms of disordered eating to healing the negativity that would otherwise plague the individual for the rest of his or her life. I have developed the utmost respect for her, for I realize that she has translated the secret language of anorexia. Now it is up to us to use the knowledge she has revealed.”
–Daniel J. Smith, M.D.”Peggy Claude-Pierre’s work begins where attachment to the limiting obstacles of theory end. She has brought back from the dead many young lives the world deemed hopeless. . . . There are many who possess the title of ‘doctor’ who have never come close to her incredible example of the selfless healer.”
–Craig T. Pratt, M.D.,
Chief, Division of Addiction Medicine,
Grant-Riverside Methodist HospitalWhat makes Claude-Pierre’s treatment of anorexia and bulimia revolutionary? Perhaps it’s that the astonishingly high success rate of even the most chronic cases at Claude-Pierre’s Montreux Clinic (only sufferers near death who have not been helped by doctors and hospitals are admitted) defies the common misconception that

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First and foremost, I want to say that Peggy proves with her book, “The Secret Language of Eating Disorders…,” that she has a deep and unprecedented understanding of the makings of anorexia—for someone who has only witnessed the disease. I only wish that my parent would show the same kind of empathy and determination towards my current plight. Of course, Peggy did have the qualifications and obviously the time to delve into our horrible world enough to contrive and write such accurate interpretations/solutions to the disease…I don’t think my parent could do such things even if the drive was there. When I first starting reading the book, I was pretty amazed at her observations of the anorexia mindset and her theories of how it is a “symptom” of a much more powerful disorder called CNC, rather than a primal cause of itself and/or many other self-deprecating disorders. They had me enthralled, to say the least. But…as I read on I couldn’t help but notice that despite being in the title, bulimia somehow seemed barely addressed (except by a few textbook or case study descriptions). Having suffered both (as MANY people often do), I couldn’t help but feel a void where bulimia was concerned. It still seems that no one can offer up an entire book of interesting AND valid solutions for the elusive one—bulimia. Personally, I think the perils of bulimia are just as (if not more) horrific than those of anorexia. But yet…Peggy doesn’t seem to have an answer. I have to ask when reading this, what if conquering eating is no longer a triumph, but a new and devastating penance to bear? What happens when your body is no longer feeding on itself physically, but the disease is all the more voracious with your mind? Where is the cure for the addiction?Maybe it’s just me, but I feel that bulimia continues to be overshadowed by or maybe not seen as dire as anorexia. It is the more shameful of the two, yes, and it is often passed off as a phase during college that has no emotional attachment whatsoever. There are always exceptions to the rule, but when you are trapped in the hopelessness of something that seems impossible to beat, it is hurtful to hear people around you toss the word `bulimia‘ around to every girl who goes to the bathroom. In her book, Peggy describes anorexia as a very slow attempted suicide, a descent toward nothingness—I agree. Anorexia is not a diet, it is not a shallow attempt to be “model thin”, and it is definitely not just about food. Many anorexics, including myself, do not wish to see any number except 0 on our bodies and souls. Peggy does a good job in clearing up such perceived notions. But again, she doesn’t realize that bulimia is not necessarily the same slow suicide. It is suicide of the mind far before anything else. Bulimia makes you want to finish the job…and quickly. The fear that it is all your life will ever be is torturous. See, this is what she leaves out. Also, I found her to come off very pompous and a bit condescending at times, despite her claims to not be that way. It just seems that she envisions herself to be the Godsend, the Cure-all, the Miracle Worker…and I just don’t buy it. It is forgivable, though, because I have read many books on the subject, and they all seem to be that way. I guess it’s unavoidable in such a situation. Or, maybe I’m just still disappointed and bitter that I cannot find anyone who is adamant like she seems to be about the situation. I guess confidence like she has can be misconstrued with self-righteousness when you think the way I have to.

Review by Lissa Parker:

I have a B.A. in Psychology. I first read the book, then watched the 20/20 special featuring the Clinic and read the book again. Like many of you, I noticed that a) the author seemed arrogant in claiming to have “the” cure, b) she did not offer scientific data and c) she over-sold the revolutionary aspect of her treatment, instead of pointing out its obvious roots in cognitive-behavioral psychology. These were my thoughts the first time I read the book. But then…the video. I think watching this video was the first time I’d ever video footage of an anorectic near death. A thought occurred to me–

the viciousness of the Germans starving concentration camp victims. And, these girls are inflicting the same amount of damage to themselves. Claude-Pierre has an undeniable abbility to establish rapport and trust with these women. Although her theory needs refining and scientific support, I now believe it is essentially correct. Obviously, someone who treats patients who say they are “cured” (a very unusual statement by an anorectic) and successfully treats patients who are literally days or weeks away from dying is doing something right.

I will now address the criticisms of Claude-Pierre’s theory and practice.

1) Why should we believe that someone with only a B.A. degree and little scientific expertise has found “the” cure? I would ask, do you believe that the millions of psychologists who have theorized and treated anorexics for more than a century have found the cure? These are the “experts,” yet their success rate is really quite dismal. Is anorexia necessarily a hopeless disease or is it rendered hopeless by the poor quality of care available? Many psychologists have created interesting and useful theorys about the causes of anorexias, yet few have been able to translate their theories into good practice. Also, many of these people are flooding PEGGY with calls for help. Interesting.

2) An earlier review said that anyone receiving round the clock care would automatically show improvement? Technically, any hospitilized anorectic receives 24 hour “care” and most do not respond well. I would argue that perhaps Peggy’s patients automatically have initial improvement because of 24 hour care in a caring, home-like environment. For a hospitilized anorectic, the facility is home. Having your home be a sterile hospital with unfeeling service providers would have a negative impact on patients.

3)Claude-Pierre absolves parents of responsibility. I do believe this is a fault in the theory. But I would argue that Pierre’s restraint in blaming parents allows her patient’s parents to participate more fully in treatment (hence, the high success rate). Also, I think the core truth is that while some parents of anorectics are abusive, neglectful, and creating “enmeshed” relationships, they don’t intend to make their child starve themselves to death. It occurred to me a few years ago that reports of “enmeshed” parents may be exaggerated. After the disorder develops, parents naturally become more intrusive as they respond to this puzzling disorder. Remember the blame of the parents of autistic children–”the refridgerator moms”? In response to children incapable of affection, some moms stopped trying to initiate physical contact and thus were unfairly blamed for the problem.

4) Claude-Pierre’s staff is not qualified. I agree that the staff should have outside training since they work with such a vulnerable population. But I believe that the in-Center training is legitimate, and in proper accordance with Claude-Pierre’s methods. Former patients sometimes become counselors. I would bet 0,000,000 that a former anorectic knows more about treating anorexia than the average doctor. That anorectic knows something about recovery. A doctor who has not successfully treated the majority of his anorec. patients does not.

5) A few former patients, and some critics, call the clinic a cult. Some patients say they had no privacy. Since Claude-Pierre has a very high success rate, she is idealized by her patients. If you’ve never heard ANYONE articulate your pain, you would obviously look at the person who finally does as a Saint, of sorts. The privacy complaint is trivial. The mansion houses 9 patients who require 24 hour care. Obviously, one cost of treatment is the loss of privacy and some forms of independence. I attend a college with 500 students–the environment can seem clausterphobic, incestuous, lacking in privacy, but it is not a cult.

6) The patients relapse once they leave the clinic. I was very disturbed to read of three alleged deaths of Pierre’s former patients. However, Pierre still has a high success rate. The fact that some patients relapse after being highly successful at the clinic should lead us to ponder–how can we shape our world to make it a place more conducive to healing? In the case of acute anorexia, I believe “sheltering” in such a clinic is absolutely necessary. In a real world setting, it would be impossible for therapists to combat the many triggers of the Negative Mind. In every situation, the anorectic perceives herself to be a burden to other people, an unworthy person. In a real world setting, an ordinary frustrating situation could instigate a devestating relapse.

Anyway, I’m done making my case. I do not mean to sound like a “know it all.” I respect Claude-Pierre, the integrity of her work, and her committment to her patients. I would call Peggy an angel of sorts, because she has somehow tapped into a profound realization about this disorder. She has helped save people who do not consider themselves worth saving.

I would be more than happy to work at the Montreux Clinic in the future to help the Clinic gain some credibility, in terms of scientific corroboration.

Melissa Abrams

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Next to Nothing: A Firsthand Account of One Teenager’s Experience with an Eating Disorder (Adolescent Mental Health Initiative)

More than simple cases of dieting gone awry, eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia are among the most fatal of mental illnesses, responsible for more deaths each year than any other psychiatric disorder. These illnesses afflict millions of young people, especially women, all over the world.
Carrie Arnold developed anorexia as an adolescent and nearly lost her life to the disease. In Next to Nothing, she tells the story of her descent into anorexia, how and why she fell victim to this mysterious illness, and how she was able to seek help and recover after years of therapy and hard work. Now an adult, Arnold uses her own experiences to offer practical advice and guidance to young adults who have recently been diagnosed with an eating disorder, or who are at risk for developing one. Drawing on the expertise of B. Timothy Walsh, M.D., one of America’s leading authorities on eating disorders, she reveals in easy-to-understand terms what is known and not known medically about anorexia and bulimia. The book covers such difficult topics as how to make sense of a diagnosis, the various psychotherapies available to those struggling with an eating disorder, psychiatric hospitalization, and how to talk about these illnesses to family and friends. The result is both a compelling memoir and a practical guide that will help to ease the isolation that an eating disorder can impose, showing young people how to manage and maintain their recovery on a daily basis.
Part of the Adolescent Mental Health Initiative series of books written specifically for teens and young adults, Next to Nothing will also be a valuable resource to the friends and family of those with eating disorders. It offers much-needed hope to young

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Review by Louise Gray:

This book offers wonderful support and information to those suffering from an eating disorder as well as to the family and friends trying to help their loved one. The style is very engaging and easy to read, with lots of practical advice. The author draws upon her own experiences along the way. But, at the same time it includes the latest in scientific research and findings, in language that is very understandable. “Next to Nothing” has it all, and is a must read for those looking to understand the complicated world of eating disorders.

Review by pookiegirl87:

If you are looking for a book that tells a little bit about what an eating disorder is like, giving a pretty accurate depiction in very few pages, and then focuses for the duration on treatment, this is the book for you. Carrie describes her experience with an eating disorder in about 25 pages, and then spends the next 120 pages talking about treatment, the options available, explaining the medical diagnostic side, tips during treatment, etc. If you are someone with an eating disorder that has decided to recover, someone that knows someone with an eating disorder and want to help them recover, or just want to find out about the treatment process, this book is perfect. However, if you want a book that truly describes “a firsthand account of one teenager’s experience with an eating disorder” go read Wasted by Marya Hornbacher.

While this book was well written, and didn’t have anything technically wrong with it (although I must say I quit reading shortly after she started talking about treatment, so I can’t give a fully accurate review), the title is misleading. It isn’t a book about her experience with an ED. It is all about treatment. I didn’t want a book on treatment. I wanted a book on what it was like to have an eating disorder.

Know what you want to get out of the book, and then you will know if this is the book for you or not.

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Goodbye Ed, Hello Me: Recover from Your Eating Disorder and Fall in Love with Life

Don’t Battle an Eating Disorder Forever- Recover from It Completely
Jenni Schaefer and Ed (eating disorder) are no longer on speaking terms, not even in her most difficult moments. In her bestseller, Life Without Ed, Jenni learned to treat her eating disorder as a relationship, not a condition-enabling her to break up with Ed once and for all. In Goodbye Ed, Hello Me Jenni shows you that being fully recovered is not just about breaking free from destructive behaviors with food and having a healthy relationship with your body; it also means finding joy and peace in your life. “Every young woman and man interested in overcoming disordered eating should read this treasure of a book.”
-Leigh Cohn, M.A.T., CEDS, Editor-in-Chief, Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention “The beauty of Jenni’s written journey through her tormented relationship with Ed is that it is honest, passionate, hopeful-but, most important, it ultimately assures the reader that life really can move on.”
-Lynn Grefe, CEO, National Eating Disorders Association Combining Jenni’s signature personal advice and unfailing encouragement along with valuable exercises you can do as you read, Goodbye Ed, Hello Me will give you the prescriptive tools to

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Goodbye Ed, Hello Me: Recover from Your Eating Disorder and Fall in Love with Life Reviews

Review by Stacey Taylor:

This book is absolutely amazing. Having struggled with an eating disorder, it really showed me that there is life after an eating disorder. I love how Jenni put this book together and included many of her own experiences. She showed me how life can go on. I don’t have to be Stacey with an eating disorder or Stacey in recovery. I can be “Stacey.” The exercises were just right and made me think and helped put things into perspective. I recommend this book to anyone struggling with an eating disorder, in recovery, or recovered from an eating disorder. Thanks, Jenni for sharing your story of life after an eating disorder.

Review by I’m awesome:

I love this book. It is easy to read as it is broken up into small chapters. Jenni is upbeat and very convincing. I like how she doesn’t leave room for many excuses in recovery. The book is easy to relate to and I would recommend this book to anybody who is in recovery from an eating disorder.

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NOVA: Dying to Be Thin

A 14-year-old looks at her image and says, “I see somebody that is fat and ugly and a disappointment.” She is like a growing number of young American girls afflicted with such eating disorders as anorexia nervosa and bulimia. Tormented by an irrational fear of being fat, an estimated eight million young women are torturing themselves—sometimes to death. It’s no wonder eighty percent of women are dissatisfied with their bodies. Driven by the waif-like images flooding the media of popular actresses, models, dancers and celebrities—who can weigh nearly twenty-five percent less than the average American woman—young girls are obsessed with an unattainable image of perfection. Dying To Be Thin introduces you to students, ballet dancers, fashion models and other young women who are seeking recovery or have conquered their disease. Plus, you’ll discover how leading eating disorder specialists are making dramatic advances in the diagnosis and treatment of these two devastating diseases. Go behind the scenes with NOVA for a courageous and candid look at America’s body obsession. On one DVD5 disc. Region coding: All regions. Audio: Dolby stereo. Screen format: 4 x 3 full frame.

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NOVA: Dying to Be Thin Reviews

Review by Melissa:

I was so impressed with Dying to be Thin. I am a graduate student and I used this video while presenting on disordered eating in adolescence. My classmates and professor seemed very receptive to the video. This would be a great video to show to girls ages 15 and up. It focuses on anorexia and bulimia as well as treatments for both.

Review by Leslie:

I have read many books about eating disorders, and this is the first video I have watched. I enjoyed it and it brought the people to life, instead of just reading about them in a book. It follows a few girls during and after treatment for eating disorders. It brought me to tears a few times and helped me understand just how serious eating disorders are. I am more concerned about myself now, too. Do yourself a favor and take an hour to watch this video. It is well worth your time, whether or not you have an eating disorder or know someone who does.

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Thin Enough: My Spiritual Journey Through the Living Death of an Eating Disorder

Some 95% of eating disorder sufferers are girls between the ages of 12 and 25. The teen and college years are a crucial time for girls, when positive or negative views about their bodies often become manifest. Written to eating disorder sufferers who are at this critical age, this book provides hope that, through faith and trust in God, they too can rise above the living death of eating disorders and arise as God’s daughters, full of life and with a promising future. The author tells her personal story of struggling with and defeating her eating disorder. She shares about her overweight childhood, her family-directed diets, the thrilling sense of control she got when she lost weight, and her spiral into anorexia and bulimia. When she left home to go to college, she looked forward to being on her own but fell into even more destructive eating behaviors. After she was confronted by her loved ones and hospitalized, she began the recovery process that led to the day when she could at last eat a normal meal and feel that it was okay. She highlights her relationship with God and the security that eating disorder sufferers can find in God as their loving Father, the one who created them and loves them as they are. Each chapter includes a prayer for the sufferer, asking God’s help. This book will help sufferers feel less alone, see the extreme results of uninterrupted eating disorders, understand and correct their wrong thinking, and learn to connect with and trust God while they are moving toward recovery.

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Thin Enough: My Spiritual Journey Through the Living Death of an Eating Disorder Reviews

Review by Linda J. Macdonald:

Sheryle writes a creative, heart-rending story of her battle with anorexia and bulimia and the spiritual revelation that saved her life. She transparently shares her jagged journey from bondage to freedom in a way that those who struggle with this frightening disorder will identify with. Her questions for journaling are as good as hours of therapy. Once I started reading, I could hardly put it down. I heartily recommend it.

Review by Kelly:

For anyone struggling with an eating disorder, or struggling to recover, I highly recommend this book. The author clearly illistrates her shared struggle, but in no way glorifies her struggle. There is a journaling component to the book, which is very useful for recovery and understanding one’s eating disorder. This book is extremely encouraging.

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