Please eat...: A mother's struggle to free her teenage son from anorexia Paperback – 8 Mar 2013
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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".
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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).Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 morePublished on 12 April 2014 by Kindle Customer
Having extensive insight into the world of eating disorders I was really disappointed with this account. Read morePublished on 22 Jan. 2014 by callum shaw`
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 morePublished on 4 Dec. 2013 by C.P
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 morePublished on 8 May 2013 by lynne
I have read many books telling the story of sufferers of eating disorders, but this was my first written from a parents perspective. Read morePublished on 11 April 2013 by jackie Tanner
A wonderful book, thoughtfully written that gives an excellent insight into what the parents of a child with an eating disorder go through. Read morePublished on 11 April 2013 by Maitch
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