Eating problems are common in children and teenagers. Yet myths about such problems abound and it can be very difficult to separate the facts from popular beliefs; unusual or disturbed eating patterns can be understandably bewildering and distressing for parents.
Whatever aspect of your child's eating behaviour is causing you concern, this book will help you understand some of the more common reasons why problems arise, and will give you advice on what you and others can do to manage the situation.
Written by two experienced clinicians, this new edition of Eating Disorders: A Parents' Guide is dedicated to clarifying the subject of eating disorders. Combining an accessible and straightforward introduction to the subject with practical advice, this book represents the first step towards recognising, understanding and dealing with the problem.
Case-studies are used to help parents understand their children's experiences of this complex and challenging subject and sensitive advice is offered on a range of issues, including:
- how to identify a complete range of eating difficulties
- how to approach specific problems
- where to seek help and treatment.
This book will be welcomed by anyone who is concerned about the eating habits of their children and will be invaluable to professionals working with those suffering from eating disorders.
Table of Contents
Introduction. What are eating disorders? What causes eating disorders? How do I know if my child has an eating disorder? What can I do? General principles. What can I do? Specific problems . Who should I consult and what will they do? What about the future? Case vignettes.
Rachel Bryant-Waugh is Lead Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Joint Head of the Feeding and Eating Disorders Service at Great Ormond Street Hospital. She is also Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Child Health, University College London. She obtained a DPhil from the University of Sussex investigating children with eating disorders, and trained as a clinical psychologist in London. She has specialized in feeding and eating difficulties in children for many years, has taught and published widely in this field and is an internationally respected expert. She is the recipient of the 2012 Academy for Eating Disorders Leadership Award for Clinical, Administrative or Educational Service.
Bryan Lask is Emeritus Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of London, Honorary Consultant at Great Ormond Street Hospital and Academic Director at the Ellern Mede Centre, London. He is Immediate Past-President of the Eating Disorders Research Society and recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy for Eating Disorders.