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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (7 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415431581
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415431583
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This book will help you cope better with the challenge of helping your loved one recover. Although intended for carers, this book should be mandatory reading for professionals involved in the treatment of people with an eating disorder." - Eric F. van Furth, Ph.D. President, Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), Clinical Director, Center for Eating Disorders, Leidschendam, The Netherlands

"This book will be a wonderful resource for parents, friends and families of those who suffer from eating disorders." - Kitty Westin, President, The Anna Westin Foundation

"Few books provide specific guidance for family members about how they can help their children, siblings, partners, and spouses who are struggling with an eating disorder. This book is an exception." - James Lock, MD, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Stanford University and author of 'Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder'

"The combination of practical suggestions, real life situations and a sound theoretical basis in the Maudsley model make this book invaluable for any family with a loved one struggling to overcome an eating disorder." - Susan Ringwood, Chief Executive Officer of beat

"In bygone days parents were blamed when a young person developed an eating disorder. The authors dismiss this injustice and instead focus on carers learning the skills necessary to help those they care for overcome their eating disorder. The advice is subtle and is derived from the practical experience of professionals treating sufferers from eating disorders." – Gerald Russell, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, The Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK

"I would highly recommend that health professionals buy this manual and in turn recommend it to anyone involved in the care of someone with an eating disorder. It is the type of book the whole family can benefit from." - Gillian Todd, Psychological Medicine, Vol. 39, 2009

"This book continues to be a very useful resource to me to help equip and support carers of those with an eating disorder and I would highly recommend it to therapists who work in this area." - Carol Wain, ITA News, July 2010

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Professor Janet Treasure is a leading figure in the field of eating disorders. She is a psychiatrist at Guy’s Hospital, King's College London, and has specialised in the treatment of eating disorders for over 25 years.

Gráinne Smith, author and former teacher, has talked to hundreds of carers, both family and professional, on local and national helplines as well as at meetings and conferences, since her adult daughter - who is now well - was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa, binge/purge type.

Anna Crane, a medical student at Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’, London, took a year out of her studies to recover from her own eating disorder. Following her return to health, Anna’s main interest and determination lie in promoting the early recognition and treatment of eating disorders.


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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Flo Wilson on 26 Mar 2009
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For 7 years I was told that my daughter would recover from severe anorexia only if she wanted to, but she was adamant that she didn't want recovery so all I could do was suffer through her many long stays in hospital and her agonising thinness. Until this book came along and showed that by changing my behaviour and the way I relate to her, I could at least create a better climate for recovery. Now at long last she is trying to gain weight.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mandy K on 7 Jun 2011
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This book was recommended by one of the nurses at the eating disorders unit where my daughter is recovering. It's most helpful book I've read so far. Very much set out like a textbook with an index at the back so you can dip into the book at any particular point your having problems with. It gives loads of practical advise on mealtimes and the right things to say and encourage your young person. I like the jellyfish, kangaroo, ostrich, rhino, dolpin and st.bernard analogy, asking you which type of carer you think you are. I think I was the kangaroo, trying to protect my daughter in my pouch, but really should be trying to be like a dolphin, gently guiding her to safety. I know it sounds a bit crazy, but when you read it, it makes a lot of sense. I believe one of the authors, Janet Treasure, is a leading specialist in Anorexia, she really knows her stuff. If you are in the depths of caring for somebody with an eating disorder and feel like you're being totally consumed by it, then this is the first step on the road to understanding this cruel illness. I know my daughter is far from out of the woods yet, but I believe this book has given me a lot of confidence on how to cope when she comes home.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By L. ACOURT on 10 Jun 2009
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This is a great book for any carer of a sufferer with an eating disorder. It is written in a way which is easy to read and understand the information gives a very good insight into how the sufferer feels and provides good suggestions for maintaining and redeveloping a positive relationship with them.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Saddlebags on 3 Feb 2009
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A very good book for people caring for someone with, in my case, anorexia. Many carers feel guilty about their reaction to eating disorders and this takes you through all the emotions and helps you to deal with your own feelings and reactions which in turns helps the sufferer. I would recommend that you read it as soon as you can after a diagnosis.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tina A on 16 May 2013
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I needed to learn more about anorexia as my stepdaughter suffers from it. This book was recommended by the OT at the hospital which has been treating her. I agree that it is full of useful tips on what to do and say to the person with an eating disorder and would highly recommend it to other people especially if they are struggling to cope.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rexxguru on 21 April 2012
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I would highly recommend this book for anyone who is caring for a person with an eating disorder.
Very easy to follow and some really good insights as well as practical tips
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By L. Teasdale on 18 Jun 2009
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I have not read the whole book but as a professional and volunteer working with people who care for people with eating disorders I would recommend this book. It is really easy to read and I believe will be a real help to families. People who have eating disorders will find this book useful too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Drheleni on 31 Dec 2013
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This book is essential reading for anyone who discovers a loved one has an eating disorder. Finding this out is truly terrifying, and seeing it escalate worse still. The book has really useful comparisons with different types of animal to help carers get in the right frame of mind to deaal with these really complex and difficult situations - try to be a dolphin or a St Bernard instead of an ostrich, an aggressive rhino, or a trembling jelly-fish! It also has great advice on how to try and understand change in the sufferer - what stage they are at, how to try and move things forward appropriately, and the best forms of communication to do that - that's the skills-based element, learning the skills of productive rather than counterproductive reactions.
The only issue I have with the book is that it is almost entirely focused on teenagers with either anorexia or bulimia. Adults do have eating disorders as well, including binge eating that is not bulimic but can lead to crippling and life-threatening obesity. One's relationship with an adult does not have the authority a parent can have over their child, so some particular advice on managing these situations with adult siblings or friends would be useful to add in a future edition.
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