The Parent's Guide to Childhood Eating Disorders: A Nutritional Approach to Solving Eating Disorders

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Macmillan, Feb 6, 2002 - Health & Fitness - 352 pages
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A successful new approach to treating eating disorders in preteens and teens, from a nationally renowned expert in the field.

In a society where eating disorders are rampant, it often takes special awareness and vigilance to raise children who will come to the dinner table free of the modern food-related phobias: fear of being fat, fear of excess calories, and obsession with physical appearance. Emphasizing a nutritional approach to treatment, The Parent's Guide to Childhood Eating Disorders will prove to parents that effective solutions can begin in the home with a reasonable investment of time, effort, and love. This groundbreaking guide includes information on:

- spottng early warning signs
- normalizing eating and exercises
- dealing with school, friends, sports, and camp
- knowing when to seek professional help
- avoiding a relapse

As an expert in eating disorders, a former anorexic, and the mother of two teenagers, Dr. Marcia Herrin speaks with rare authority and understanding. The Parent's Guide to Childhood Eating Disorders takes readers step-by-step through the healing journey that Herrin makes with each of her patients.
This important new addition to the literature is a warm, accessible guide that all parents concerned about eating disorders will turn to for practical and reassuring information.
 

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An excellent guide to children's eating disorders, chiefly anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating disorder, this book urges parents to be watchful; prevention, after all, starts at home. First, Herrin ... Read full review

Contents

At Risk Recognizing an Eating Disorder and Spotting Early Warning Signs
3
Bad Habit or Dangerous Behavior? When to Worry about Disordered Eating
21
Prevention The Power of the Preemptive Strike
36
The Family on the Front Lines
53
Boys at Risk
71
Understanding the Medical Consequences of an Eating Disorder
81
Breaking the Ice How to Open the Discussion
109
Avoiding Parent Traps How Improving Your Relationship to Food and Your Body Can Help Your Child
125
Relapse Training
230
When Youve Done All You Can Professional Resources and How to Use Them
245
In Closing
269
Diagnosing Eating Disorders
273
Body Weight Assessments
277
Further Reading
285
Informational Support and Advocacy Organizations and Web Sites
287
Residential and Hospital Programs
289

Beyond the Family Circle Friends School and Summer Camp
140
Normalizing Eating with a Food Plan
159
Getting the Most out of the Food Plan
181
Normalizing Exercise
208
References
297
Index
309
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About the author (2002)

Marcia Herrin, Ph.D., is the founder and co-director of the Dartmouth College Eating Disorders Prevention, Education, and Treatment Program. She also has a private practice specializing in eating disorders. Herrin received her doctorate in nutrition from Columbia University. She has been featured in People magazine and has appeared on The Today Show and 48 Hours. She lives in Enfield Center, New Hampshire.

Nancy Matsumoto was a staff correspondent for People magazine for eight years and has been a contributor to Time, Newsweek, and the Los Angeles Times. She lives in New York City.

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