The Parent's Guide to Eating Disorders: Supporting Self-Esteem, Healthy Eating, and Positive Body Image at Home

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Gurze Books, Feb 1, 2010 - Self-Help - 324 pages
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The Parent's Guide to Eating Disorders shows that effective solutions begin at home and cost little more than a healthy investment of time, effort, and love. Based on exciting new research, it differs from similar books in several key ways. Instead of concentrating on the grim, expensive hospital stays of patients with severe disorders, the authors focus on the family, teaching parents how to examine and understand their family’s approach to food and body-image issues and its effect their child’s behavior. Parents learn to identify an eating disorder early, to establish healthy attitudes toward food at a young age, and to intervene in a nonthreatening, nonjudgmental way. The authors concentrate on teens, the age group most often affected by eating disorders, as well as younger children. Individual chapters cover boys at risk, relapse training, dealing with friends, school, and summer camp, and much more. The book includes an appendix and sections on further reading, organizations and websites, residential and hospital programs, and references.

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At Risk Recognizing an Eating Disorder and Spotting Early Warning Signs
Bad Habit or dangerous Behavior? When to Worry About Disordered Eating
Prevention The Power of the Preemptive Strike
The Family on the Front Lines
Boys at Risk
Medical Consequences of Eating Disorders
Breaking the Ice How to Open the Discussion
Avoiding Parent Traps How Improving Your Relationship to Food and Your Body Can Help Your Child
Using PAMS and the Maudsley Approach to Treat Bulimia and BingeEating Disorder
A Mothers Account How PAMS Tipped the Balance in My Daughters Fight Against Anorexia
Normalizing Eating with a Food Plan
Getting the Most out of the Food Plan
Normalizing Exercise
Managing Relapse
When Youve Done All You Can Professional Resources and How to Use Them
In Closing

Beyond the Family Circle Friends School and Summer Camp
The Maudsley Approach Treating Anorexia Nervosa
ParentAssisted Meals and Snacks PAMS A NutritionOriented Interpretation of the Maudsley Approach to Anorexia

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Marcia Herrin is the founder of the Dartmouth College Eating Disorders Prevention, Education and Treatment Program, one of the most respected programs of its kind in the nation. She is also the author of the professional text, "Nutritional Counseling in the Treatment of Eating Disorders (Brunner-Routledge, 2003). Currently, she runs a busy private practice specializing in children and adults with weight issues and eating disorders. Dr. Herrin received her Master's in public health from the University of California at Berkeley, and her doctorate in nutrition education from Columbia University.

A sought-after expert on children with eating problems, Dr. Herrin was featured in a People magazine cover story on eating disorders on college campuses (which was reported by Nancy Matsumoto), has appeared on The Today Show and 48 Hours, and has been quoted in The New York Times, Shape Magazine, and other print media. She has also served as a consultant to a wide variety of public and private universities and school systems.

Nancy Matsumoto is a former staff correspondent for People magazine and a freelance writer. She writes human-interest news, entertainment, and medical articles, including numerous stories on health, eating disorders, and body image. She has also been a contributor to Time, Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times, among other publications. She was recently featured on two Canadian television shows, "Health on the Line" and "Planet Parent," on the subject of body image, and in Canadian Family magazine on the subject of childhood eating disorders. As a mother of a nine-year-old, she sees the kind of impact she has on her child's approach to food and body image.

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