"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
About the Author
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.