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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (26 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415898676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415898676
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 440,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Decoding Anorexia is the first (if not the only) book that comprehensively explores the disorder from a biological perspective and translates a myriad of research findings into an easily accessible format. The combination of her skills and personal perspective, the products of her background as a scientist, science writer, and as someone who has struggled with AN, is what make this book an easy and enjoyable read." -C. Alix Timko, PsycCRITIQUES

“How can eating enough seem so simple and yet be so difficult for some people? This book simplifies the difficult enigma of eating disorders by interweaving up to the minute evidence with experience. A resource for both the professional and lay audience.” - Professor Janet Treasure, PhD, FRCP, FRCPsych, Kings College and South London and Maudsley Hospital, London

“Finding out that anorexia is a biologically-based mental illness is liberating. It sets you free to develop skills and embrace life. Decoding Anorexia explains why in a language that we can all understand.” - June Alexander, Anorexia survivor, Australia; Author, A Girl Called Tim; My Kid is Back; and A Collaborative Approach to Eating Disorders

“With turtles, deer, dandelions and orchids, Carrie Arnold deftly weaves her own experience of anorexia with the best biological science. This powerful and compelling book will help anyone gain a better understanding of a most complex, challenging and too often deadly illness.” - Susan Ringwood, Chief Executive, Beat, United Kingdom


“Carrie Arnold has done an outstanding job of translating complex and difficult research findings into understandable concepts. This book should be an essential guide for individuals with eating disorders and their families who would like to know more about how brain processes contribute to eating disorder symptoms.”Walter Kaye MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Director, University of California, San Diego, Eating Disorder Research and Treatment Program, USA

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Carrie Arnold is a freelance science writer and blogs daily at EDBites.com. She is an advisor to the advocacy organization FEAST (Families Empowered And Supporting the Treatment of Eating Disorders) and regularly appears at national and international eating disorder conferences.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rach on 7 Dec 2012
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Where do I start...? Let me just say I received the book yesterday and spent an enthralled evening reading it, then insomnia woke me at 3am and I'd finished it by 6am!

Please do not be intimidated by the scientific, biological nature of the book. Carrie is an incredibly skilled writer, capable of translating scientific research (brains, genes etc) to a lay audience in a way that is neither patronising nor overly complex (if I could handle it at 3am, most people will be able to!). As someone trying to understand my condition, I also really appreciated the empathy and understanding that emanated from the pages, from another person who's been there. And it really does bring hope...

The book marks a really important transition in public and professional understanding of eating disorders - a move away from blaming the patient, the parents, the media, towards recognition that the individual has fallen into a biological, brain-based trap of an illness - it's not their fault, they're not stubborn, wilful, disobedient, stupid, shallow or vain... but terribly frightened, suffering and beyond the reach of rational arguments, lost in a mire.

It's sad that still, prejudices and outdated views about aetiology persist, even among 'specialists' - this book wonderfully dispels them and casts light on many of the features of anorexia that are bizarre (and often don't invite sympathy) to the outsider. If you would like to understand this disorder and the most contemporary theories and research about it, especially if you want to support someone in your life, I can't recommend it highly enough.

Thank you so much, Carrie, for all you have done to help people understand these conditions. This is SUCH important work - you have done so much for so many people.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kate Henning on 25 Dec 2012
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This is without any doubt the best book I have ever read on anorexia. Finally, I understand my anorexia from a genetic, biological perspective. I recommend this incredibly helpful book to anyone who wishes to comprehend their illness without any psychobabble. Decoding Anorexia explains why olanzapine is so effective and confirms my belief that eating disorders are much more about genes than parenting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bev Mattocks on 17 Dec 2012
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As we speak, I am reading what I now believe to be one of the most important books on the science behind eating disorders that I've ever seen. And I know others will agree with me. If you want to know about eating disorders and why they do what they do and - most importantly - why you, as a parent, are NOT TO BLAME, then get someone to give you Carrie Arnold's Decoding Anorexia for Christmas. (Expensive, but worth every penny, especially if you've ever wasted money on other ED books.)(It's also pretty scientific in places, but - good grief - does Carrie know her stuff!!!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sue shepherd on 13 Dec 2012
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At last, a book that is evidence based and demystifies the science behind eating disorders. Too many parents waste time and energy searching for answers to the questions about what causes eating disorders, all the time plauged by guilt and confusion. This book dispels many of the myths surrounding anorexia and focuses on the science and biology in a clear and accessible way. Hats off to Carrie Arnold!
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By L Muirhead on 15 Jun 2014
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Such a well written book covering a lot of the science involved in why people develop anorexia and why it does not have one, easy-fix cure!
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