Eating disorders affect people from all backgrounds, and often go untreated for years. This book offers an accessible and evidence-based overview.
Chapters explore some of the most common risk factors that can predispose, precipitate, and perpetuate an eating disorder, as well as understanding the typical way they are diagnosed and treated. Interwoven with real life stories, and written by authors with diverse experiences, they provide the tools necessary to understand eating disorders better. Topics include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, treatment, diversity in eating disorders, and how to support someone living through these conditions. A glossary of useful key terms is included, along with chapter summaries and up-to-date research.
This book is essential for all health care professionals and students, as well as those suffering with an eating disorder and their families and friends.
1. Introduction 2. Eating Disorders Overview 3. Diversity in Eating Disorders 4. Anorexia Nervosa 5. Bulimia Nervosa 6. Binge Eating Disorder 7. Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorder 8. Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder 9. Pica 10. Rumination Disorder 11. Treatment 12. Supporting someone living through an eating disorder 13. Letters of Hope 14. Glossary
“It really works to have a mix of contributors who can talk about the issues from all angles. So you’ve got the expert view, which is so informative - and really important to helping with early detection - but you’re also hearing from people with lived experience of eating disorders, their family and carers, reinforcing the message that recovery is always possible.”
Stacey Dooley, author of ‘Are You Really OK?: Understanding Britain’s Mental Health Crisis’, UK.
“This book is an excellent combination of professional and lived experience voices resulting in a comprehensive and easily digested
outline of Eating Disorders; an illness that is seldom well understood but which people do recover from, when treated. The authors eloquently explain important topics such as assessments, treatment, medical emergencies and the diversity of how eating disorders can affect anyone of any age. I recommend this book for health and school professionals as well as families and friends.”
Professor Tim Kendall, NHS Mental Health National Clinical Director, UK.