The Anorexia Diaries: A Mother and Daughter's Triumph Over Teenage Eating Disorders

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Rodale Books, Jul 18, 2003 - Family & Relationships - 260 pages
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"Last night I asked my mom some questions about bulimia and anorexia. I thought for sure she would know what I was doing to myself. How could a mother not know the terrible things her daughter was doing?"

"Tara seems fine these last few days. The questions she asked me the other night scared me. But now I think she's just curious. Maybe one of her friends is having a problem with something."

Mother and daughter, living in the same house, yet at times it seems as though they are on different planets. Tara, growing obsessive about the way she looks, feels her mom no longer understands her. Linda, while concerned about the changes her teenage daughter is going through, is focused on making a career for herself as a family therapist. Neither knows how to reverse the terrible path that Tara is heading down.

Tara's and Linda's side-by-side diaries of this difficult time, only shared with each other years later, show both sides of their maddening ordeal and inspiring victory to keep their family together.

In addition to sharing their actual diaries, Tara and Linda look back on the drama of those years to offer the wisdom and perspective that can only come with hindsight. Craig Johnson, Ph.D., an international leader in the research and treatment of eating disorders, offers useful advice and fascinating commentary on the Rios' story to inform today's families who may be going through similar situations.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Tara Rio is now the mother of two daughters and a public relations executive with a Fortune 500 company. She has publicly shared her story with support groups and professionals and at events to raise awareness of eating disorders.

Linda Rio is a licensed marriage and family therapist, based for more than 15 years in southern California. She is an adjunct faculty member in the graduate school department of psychology at California Lutheran University. Linda is the mother of Tara and a son Gregg and a grandmother of three. She lives with Lou, her husband of 34 years, in Ventura County.

Craig Johnson, Ph.D., is president of the National Eating Disorders Association and a founding member of the Academy for Eating Disorders and the Eating Disorders Research Society. He is the founder and director of the eating disorders program at Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital in Tulsa and associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He has authored more than 70 scientific articles and is involved in genetic studies to determine the hereditary nature of eating disorders in the largest research project currently underway in the science of eating disorders.

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Tara Rio is now the mother of two daughters and a public relations executive with a Fortune 500 company. She has publicly shared her story with support groups and professionals and at events to raise awareness of eating disorders.

Linda Rio is a licensed marriage and family therapist, based for more than 15 years in southern California. She is an adjunct faculty member in the graduate school department of psychology at California Lutheran University. Linda is the mother of Tara and a son Gregg and a grandmother of three. She lives with Lou, her husband of 34 years, in Ventura County.

Craig Johnson, Ph.D., is president of the National Eating Disorders Association and a founding member of the Academy for Eating Disorders and the Eating Disorders Research Society. He is the founder and director of the eating disorders program at Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital in Tulsa and associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He has authored more than 70 scientific articles and is involved in genetic studies to determine the hereditary nature of eating disorders in the largest research project currently underway in the science of eating disorders.

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