My Thin Excuse: Understanding, Recognizing, and Overcoming Eating Disorders

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Square One Publishers, Inc., 2006 - Psychology - 246 pages
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Chronicling her life from age fifteen to twenty-two, aspiring writer Lisa Messinger captured on paper the evolution of her eating disorder, from its development to its eventual treatment. Interspersed throughout this fascinating story, eating-disorder expert and psychotherapist Merle Cantor Goldberg provides insights into Lisa's struggle and ultimate victory.

Lisa tells of her unwavering need to excel in school and in her career. She also describes her compulsion to record every calorie consumed, every pound gained and lost, as her obsession took control of her life. While Lisa's journey offers a unique view of the nature of eating disorders, Ms. Goldberg helps identify the causes and signs of the problem, as well as the paths toward recovery. My Thin Excuse can make a crucial difference in the lives of all who suffer from this dangerous disorder.

 

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Contents

Whats Wrong With Me?
9
How to Identify an Eating Disorder
47
ItsyBitsyTeenyWeeny PolkaDot Bikini
65
Overwhelmed
75
Getting Thin Is Not the Answer
81
Limbo
95
WhiteKnuckling It
104
Momentary Hell
119
Weekly Therapy
139
Skipping Sessions
153
Seeking Help for Yourself
167
Love Affair
179
Real Life
205
Advice for the Rest of Your Life
223
Resource List
237
Copyright

Why SelfTreatment Doesnt Work
127

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About the author (2006)

Lisa Messinger received her degree in journalism from the University of Southern California. Today, she is a nationally syndicated columnist and the author of seven health andnbsp;nutrition books, including Why Should I Eat Better?

Merle Cantor Goldberg, LCSW, received a diplomate in clinical social work from the University of Maryland, and has specialized in treating eating disorders for over thirty-five years. She is coauthor of the best-selling Weight Loss Surgery.

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