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The book has a wealth of information on anorexia. It is part writer's comments and experiences, and part useful exercises. Anna takes the reader along her path of recovery and describes the different therapies available, how to deal with triggers and dangerous behaviour, anger management, how to build confidence and how to liveat a healthy weight. Easy to read and understand, it is a book that you can dip in and out of. It even concludes with a chapter providing useful recipes for eating-disorders sufferers, which show that no food type should be off-limits because they can all form part of a healthy diet. The book gives the message that recovery from eating disorders, which affect more than one million people in the UK, is achievable. -- Children and Young People Now Although aimed squarely at sufferers, Beating Eating Disorders might well also serve to provide information and insight to their carers, family and friends. I short, anyone looking for a handy, non-specialist resource for steps towards eating disorder recovery is likely to find much of interest here. -- Cornwall Eating Disorder Association This book her latest, book is extremely practical and insightful. It invites readers to identify and own up to what their eating disorder does for them - eg blocks out traumatic memories, holds the family together.stops someone growing into an adult and having to take adult responsibilities, allows a sense of control, helps cope with anger, numbs difficult feelings, makes the sufferer feel special, etc. Then she takes the reader through choosing recovery, coping with guilt, dealing with perfectinnism and applying therapeutic approaches that help. She dwells heavily on cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques but usefully so, and also covers exposure therapy, anger and anxiety management, and developing assertiveness. Sympathic but without pulling punches: there is a lot that is of huge value in this book. -- Human Givens Journal The book is moving and powerful and could be easily accessible to her self-help target audience worldwide -- Counselling Children and Young People

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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 By A. Geen on 23 Jan. 2010
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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 By Moomincow on 2 July 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jobe on 28 Oct. 2010
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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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Have no yet read though all of this, but so far found it incedibally useful and brilliant tool for helping someone with an eating disorder. However would recoment working though this book with some either a trusted friend, family member or therapist.
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Beating Eating Disorders Step by Step: A self-Help Guide for Recovery 14 April 2009
By Elaina J. Schwennsen - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
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
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