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Please eat...: A mother's struggle to free her teenage son from anorexia [Paperback]

Bev Mattocks
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8 Mar 2013
Bright, popular and a star on the rugby pitch, 15 year old Ben had everything he could want. But then food-loving Ben began to systematically starve himself. At the same time his urge to exercise became extreme. In a matter of months Ben lost one quarter of his bodyweight as he plunged into anorexia nervosa, an illness that threatened to destroy him.

Please eat… A mother’s struggle to free her teenage son from anorexia is his mother’s heart-breaking yet inspirational account of how she watched helplessly as her son transformed into someone she didn’t recognise, physically and mentally. It also describes how, with the help of his parents and therapist, and through his own determination, Ben slowly began to recover and re-build his life.

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"Cancel your plans for the day when you open this book: the riveting story will have you caring and cheering for a family that the world needs to meet. If only the world knew the truth told in this memoir!" Laura Collins, Founder of F.E.A.S.T. (Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders) & Author of Eating with Your Anorexic

"The world is slowly coming to realise that 'Boys Get Anorexia Too'. Bev Mattocks writes honestly and from the heart about helping her teenage son to overcome anorexia. Like ours, this is another success story of a family working together with friends, school and clinicians to beat this insidious illness. Many families will find great comfort from reading this story as well as much needed energy to fight the eating disorder." Jenny Langley, Author of Boys Get Anorexia Too

"An essential read for anyone trying to understand more about eating disorders in teenage boys. Bev Mattocks describes the story of her son’s anorexia but also provides insight for other families facing this complex illness in a world where anorexia is still associated with teenage girls. Totally recommended." Sam Thomas, Founder, Men Get Eating Disorders Too

"A powerful, painful account, beautifully written... this book will benefit parents in reducing isolation and feeling more powerful when speaking with healthcare providers." Becky Henry, Founder of Hope Network, LLC & Award Winning Author of Just Tell Her To Stop: Family Stories of Eating Disorders

"Bev Mattocks is doing such amazing work empowering other parents and helping to raise awareness that boys get eating disorders too." Leah Dean, Executive Director, F.E.A.S.T. (Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders)

"This is a wonderful book. It's quite hard to read because the story is so painful, but easy to read because of the clarity and simplicity of style." Gill Todd, RMN MSc, former Clinical Nurse Leader at the Gerald Russell Eating Disorders Unit, Bethlem & Maudsley Hospitals, London

"I have just finished Please eat… and it such a powerful page turner! Bev Mattocks has captured the complexity of her family’s journey so honestly, bravely and with such clarity of writing. It is a compelling read." Susan Ringwood, Chief Executive, BEAT

"Please eat… is gut wrenching and touching. It captivated me and I could hardly breathe as I was reading it. I read the first 6 chapters in one sitting. Bev Mattocks has done such a great job of bringing her story to us in a vivid and personal way." Parent

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  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Copy (8 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957511809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957511804
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 582,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bev Mattocks lives in Yorkshire with her husband, 19-year old teenage son and cat. She works from home as a freelance copywriter, writes a blog and is the author of a number of books - some serious and some not-so-serious.

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About the Author

Born in Yorkshire, UK, Bev Mattocks is a freelance copywriter. She lives in the North of England with her husband and son. She is also the author of "When Anorexia Came To Visit: Families Talk About How An Eating Disorder Invaded Their Lives".

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Kirala
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Unable to put this compelling and all too familiar account of a mother's journey to fight for her child's health and well being from anorexia. From page 1, the struggle, the journey, the fight, the ups and downs; becoming Indiana Jones trolling through the unpredictability of what the 'demon' [anorexia] will do next but winning in the end.

Heartwarming, gut-wrenching; with a wonderful ending of the 'light at the end of a long tunnel' and knowing recovery is 100% achievable, but not in a straight line.

Thank you Bev Mattocks and Ben for sharing your journey of which any parent, at any given point of navigating through finding treatment, being diligent in educating oneself of this mind boggling, biologically based brain disorder, will certainly find hope and inspiration. Trying to understand how to communicate to those around us who have not experienced managing this illness, being jolted from 'planet Earth' to 'planet Zorg' and trying to remain calm is brilliantly expressed.

The author of the struggle to free her son from the grips of anorexia is a compelling and must read for any parent. More importantly, it highlights how eating disorders are non discriminatory. This story does much to raise awareness for an illness surrounded by mis-information and incorrect perceptions and provides us with a guide, through a mother's long journey, to keep fighting and look for appropriate evidence, guidance, support all whilst remaining diligent and never, ever, giving in or giving up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars essential reading 20 Mar 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Although very well written it makes for hard reading. It's not an easy story, but it's one that is SO familiar. Anyone can (and the newspapers often do) put up a few pictures of emaciated people and say they are writing about eating disorders. There are plenty of first person memoirs by sufferers available, some inspiring, some saccharine sweet, some far too graphic for my tastes. Professionals have written general descriptions from the dry and medical to the flowery and fanciful, but I have never read a better book for describing what it is REALLY like to watch helplessly as a loved one is taken over by the beast that is an eating disorder. It isn't just the food. It's the spending hours persuading, cajoling and physically transporting the person to school only to be rung up half an hour later to be asked to take them home again. It's the waiting expectantly, almost excitedly for an appointment only to come out after it wondering if anything has happened at all. It's the awful times of false hope followed by crushing disappointment. It's the guilt and shame and tears and bewilderment and the burning love for the person who is struggling so and can't let you help them.

The book may be too upsetting for some sufferers and their families but it should be compulsory reading for anyone working within the field just to give them SOME idea of what it is really like for families on the waiting list or in between the 50 minutes a fortnight therapy sessions.
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This is an honest and insightful account of how Bev Mattocks supported her son Ben as he journeyed through the hell of anorexia and out into the light. Her story is typical of many parents' experience with the illness. She hunted high and low for information and support, she battled the shamefully inadequate health system, she attended to her son's schooling and social life, dealt with enormous tensions at home, and made some heart-warming friends along the way. This is also very much Ben's story: from the opening scene where we find him in hospital hooked up to a heart monitor, we're rooting for him to come out winning and we celebrate every step towards his recovery.

There are several things that make this book different from others. First, Bev is totally transparent about her emotions. If your own child is suffering from an eating disorder, you will easily relate to the exhaustion, fear and grief that frequently overwhelmed her, as well as to her determination and staying power. At times we get a glimpse of the strain on Bev's husband as well.

But this isn't a story of despair: Bev kept moving on, searching for solutions, working through obstacles, and placing herself firmly by her son's side. And here lies another precious aspect of this book: because Ben is totally on board with his story being told truthfully, every now and again we get his version of terrible events. This gives us a rare insight into what might be going on in the mind of someone in the grips of anorexia.

Ben began making progress when he and his parents worked as a team, and when the health professionals started to support their joint efforts. This is hardly a surprise, given the studies showing the success of Family-Based Treatment (as documented by Lock and Le Grange).
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read... 3 April 2013
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This book is a "must read" on so many levels. For parents or friends with a loved one with a diagnosis of an eating disorder the world can be a terrifying place. This book proves that with determination, education , love and patience there is a way through to a happy ending. Eating disorders are hugely misunderstood and yet they represent the most deadly of all mental health conditions. Statistics associated with them are bleak but Bev shows that it is possible to deal with such a scary illness. This book is well written, compelling , informative and inspirational. Best of all, it's encouraging that a full recovery is possible. Carers and sufferers need that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb book
this is a fantastic book and I highly recommend it. I was gripped from the first few pages. it examines anorexia and its impact so vividly and also shows that eating disorders... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Overly melodramatic
Having extensive insight into the world of eating disorders I was really disappointed with this account. Read more
Published 6 months ago by callum shaw`
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad Ben is doing well
I hope Ben continues on his recovery and manages to get to uni. This book opens your eyes. Bev you are an amazing mum, just like my mum, she stuck by me when I was very ill, just... Read more
Published 8 months ago by C.P
5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling story of determination
As a parent of a teenage daughter the same age as Ben, who has also been through the same circumstances, I read this book with tears in my eyes at the similarities between our... Read more
Published 15 months ago by lynne
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope
This book is a must read for carers of people, male or female, young or old, who suffer from anorexia. Read more
Published 16 months ago by vlinder
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest and empowering
I have read many books telling the story of sufferers of eating disorders, but this was my first written from a parents perspective. Read more
Published 16 months ago by jackie Tanner
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book,thoughtfully written
A wonderful book, thoughtfully written that gives an excellent insight into what the parents of a child with an eating disorder go through. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Maitch
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