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Beating Eating Disorders Step by Step: A Self-Help Guide for Recovery [Paperback]

Anna Paterson
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3 Jan 2008
People living with eating disorders find it hard to take the step of choosing recovery, often because the disorder has developed as a way of 'coping' with problems or stresses in the their life. This book outlines new and positive ways of dealing with eating disorders for people living with eating disorders and their families. A practical workbook written by someone who has lived with eating disorder, it provides advice and strategies to aid understanding and to help the reader to gain control of their illness. Anna Paterson leads the reader through easy-to-use therapeutic exercises, such as describing the pros and cons of an illness, writing a farewell letter to it, and using role-reversal scenarios to get a new perspective on their attitude to eating. She emphasizes the importance of taking things at your own pace and in the final section of the book provides a set of diet plans specifically designed for anorexics, bulimics and compulsive overeaters. This book will be valued by people living with eating disorders and their families, and also the psychologists and psychotherapists, counsellors, health professionals and social workers who work with them.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers (3 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843103400
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843103400
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 17.1 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 322,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Anna Paterson lived for 14 years with chronic anorexia. Since her recovery she has published a number of books on eating disorders. She participated in a 2001 BBC documentary entitled 'Quietly Dying' and has featured in B Magazine, the Daily Express, the Independent, the Times Educational Supplement, Women's Own and You magazine. She is a frequent speaker on eating disorders and volunteers as an eating disorders helpline operator. Anna lives in London.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars easy to read 23 Jan 2010
By A. Geen
Format:Paperback
My sister read this book before she gave it to me, and it helped her understand eating disorders, and then when i read it, i found it easy to read and easy to follow.
its written by someone who has lived through this and knows exactly how you are feeling which makes it easier to to udnerstand, the exercises are simple but good for you at the same time and you dont feel rushed by any of them.
I look back at it alot, cos the exercises are really useful and helped alot.
I would recommend this book to anyone who needs the help!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable help for eating disorder sufferers 2 July 2011
Format:Paperback
This well thought out, easy to read book has been my constant guide and companion since I chose recovery from anorexia three years ago. I then picked it up again when I unfortunately developed bulimia earlier this year due to stress at work. It covers all types of eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, compulsive exercise, compulsive eating and the "non specific" ones where you have symptoms of a few but don't fit right into one category.

Because it's written by a recovered anorexic who has been through all types of recovery strategies (inpatient and outpatient) iIfound it much easier to engage with than so many other books written by professionals, or many of the autobiographical books that just talk about one person's experience. The author includes examples from her own journey, such as extracts from her own recovery diary, which helped me feel more 'normal' as a sufferer and that was a key part of my ability to recover. There is advice on things I had never even considered, as well as therapy exercises, recipes, sample diets, coping stategies and advice on breaking harmful behaviours.

Most importantly a large section of the book is about dealing with setbacks and life after you're well into recovery. I found this comforting and encouraging, and I still refer to it now from time to time.

I can't speak highly enough of this book. If you think you need help, this is a very good to start. It's especially good if like me you are one of those who doesn't quite fit into one category or another, isn't too physically ill and therefore doesn't qualify for much specialist NHS help, and cant afford private treatment.
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By jobe
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Fantastic book, great to read something written by an adult, as have an adult in our family suffering with an eating disorder and this book has given my husband and I great support to know recovery can be achieved when lots of doors seem closed to over 18yrs who live away from home. Would recommend this book to sufferers and family members. Be aware though tasks can be emotional to complete,the thoughts of author are so true to sufferers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Like that I can use this on my own 19 Mar 2014
By Persephone_Rose - Published on Amazon.com
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Easy to read, I trust it because the author had an ED herself, and I am happy I can do this at home by myself
2.0 out of 5 stars Beating Eating Disorders Step by Step: A self-Help Guide for Recovery 14 April 2009
By Elaina J. Schwennsen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I've had eating disorder workbooks before, and have always found that they read somewhat belittling towards the reader. I had a similar response to this book, but found it a little less patronizing since the author herself had an eating disorder at one point in her life.
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