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Please eat...: A mother's struggle to free her teenage son from anorexia Paperback – 8 Mar 2013

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  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Copy (8 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957511809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957511804
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 662,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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By vlinder on 26 April 2013
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This book is a must read for carers of people, male or female, young or old, who suffer from anorexia. And also for the professionals involved, those in the medical world, and the teaching profession. It gives a true insight of what is it REALLY like to live with a eating disorder sufferer. Written by someone who has lived through it, and has survived it.
How, during the worse periods, it affects everything 24/7. Not just for the sufferer, but for the whole family.
The first part was hard for me to read, my daughter is in the early stages of recovery from anorexia herself.
It was all too familiar, tearjerkingly recognisable.
As the book continues, it begins to offer valuable coping techniques, and more importantly, hope.
And hope is what is needed during the dark days of this horrible illness. Hope, and a firm belief things will and can get better. This book will reaffirm those believes.
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