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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Contemporary; 2nd edition (1 Feb 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071422986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071422987
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Ed and I lived together for more than twenty years. He was abusive, controlling, and never hesitated to tell me what he thought, how I was doing it wrong, and what I should be doing instead ... Ed is not some creep that I started dating in college ... Ed's name comes from the initials E.D. as in eating disorder. Ed is my eating disorder." from the Introduction

Jenni had been in an abusive relationship with Ed for far too long. He controlled Jenni's life, distorted her self-image, and tried to physically harm her throughout their long affair. Then Jenni met psychotherapist and author Thom Rutledge. He taught her how to treat her eating disorder as a relationship, not a condition. By thinking of her eating disorder as a unique personality separate from her own, Jenni was able to break up with Ed once and for all.

Inspiring, compassionate, and filled with practical exercises to help you break up with your own personal E.D., Life Without Ed provides new hope for the disorders that plague millions of women and young girls. Beginning with Jenni's "divorce" from Ed, this supportive, lifesaving book combines a patient's insights and experiences with a therapist's prescriptions for success to help you live a healthier, happier life without Ed.

About the Author

Jenni Schaefer is an internationally known writer and speaker whose work has helped change the face of recovery from eating disorders. Appearing regularly on national radio and television, she is the bestselling author of Goodbye Ed, Hello Me. Recently she has collaborated with Harvard Medical School to coauthor Almost Anorexic. She is also the chair of the Ambassadors Council of the National Eating Disorders Association. An accomplished singer/songwriter, Jenni lives in Austin, Texas. For more information, visit www.jennischaefer.com.

Thom Rutledge is a psychotherapist and the author of Embracing Fear: How to Turn What Scares Us into Our Greatest Gift. For more information, visit thomrutledge.com.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nuttychick on 21 Aug 2009
Format: Paperback
I have read alot of eating disorders books and I feel that this is one that really helped me through my recovery and understood me in a way no other book did. When I first flipped through it I thought it was really inappropriate and I was taken aback with the way it was written but after i settled in to it I could not put it down and in its own way its humour helped me.
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I'm always on the look out for a book that can help me tackle and beat my eating disorder and I think this is THE book. Everything in it is very true and it gives a real insight into what life is like living with anorexia. As well as describing the thought processes and behaviours it offers extremely good tips and tasks for challenging 'Ed'.

This book should be read by sufferer, families, partners and therapists alike! It has brought the realness of the disorder to life and has enabled me to start 'seperating, disagreeing, and disobeying' Ed.

If you only read one book on Anorexia, then this should be it!
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By Plas Man on 29 Jan 2009
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This book is about understanding the problem of having an Eating Disorder, (Ed). I read this book on behalf of a relative to try and make me understand what makes people with an Eating Disorder unable to control it. I found the book very informative and a very easy read and the authur laid out her chapters so that they could easily be understood and read, and reread as and when necessary.

I am now able to to give encouragement to my friend to help get over this problem for good. This is not a cure but an insite for those on the outside.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. J. Doy on 12 Jun 2008
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i love this bookit is so so helpful, a book you go back to again and again.
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