Book Reviews and Recommendations by Parents

Book Reviews and Recommendations by Parents

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A Journey Shared


Author(s): Jan Clarke (Mother of Bronte Cullis) & Self published www.brontecentre.com

Category: For parents by eating disorder specialists,Written by parents,For Clinicians, but also helpful for parents

A very easy read especially for those who find reading is not easy. Its not a long book and one that could be finished in a day or two.



Recommended by a special educator & we found it very helpful



Its self published by Jan Clarke & is available from the Bronte Centre. Email janclarke5@me.com to inquire about purchasing the book.

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Andrea's Voice


Author(s): Doris Smeltzer, Carolyn Costin, Andrea Lynn Smeltzer

Category: Written by parents

Related Link: Amazon Store

"From a parent to all parents."


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Answers to Anorexia


Author(s): James Greenblatt

Category: For parents by eating disorder specialists

Related Link: Amazon Store
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Biting The Hand That Starves You


Author(s): Richard Maisel David Epston Ali Borden

Category: For parents by eating disorder specialists,For Clinicians, but also helpful for parents

Related Link: http://www.amazon.com/Biting-Hand-That-Starves-You/dp/0393703371#reader_0393703371

A book for all those experiencing living ED the Carers/Parents & Professionals.

However for the ""Insiders"" as the book calls those with ED there is a need for caution as parts of the book may initiate ED activity. ""For Insiders"" its one for when they are well into recovery & to be read with careful supervision from clinicians.

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Brave Girl Eating


Author(s): Harriet Brown

Category: Written by parents

Related link: Amazon Store

“One of the most up to date, relevant and honest accounts of one family’s battle with the life threatening challenges of anorexia."

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Bronte's Story


Author(s): Bronte Cullis & Steve Bibb

Category: For Clinicians, but also helpful for parents

This is the story of a young Australian girl who travelled the journey of Anorexia Nervosa It is also the storey of her parents Graeme & Jan & their fight to save their daughter from the grips of Anorexia Nervosa. It is also a story of a family having to send their daughter to the other side of the world to find the road to recovery. Fortunately in Australia today such a trip across the world would not be needed.

It is published by Random House and is available from Amazon.com.

This book led me to travel across Australia to find a very special educator that assisted our family to find the journey to recovery. A big thank you to Jan Clarke!! Read this book and Bronte's mum's book A Journey Shared 

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Crave: Why You Binge Eat and How to Stop


Author(s): Dr. Cynthia Bulik

Category: For parents by eating disorder specialists

Related Link: Amazon Store

"It is the premier book and a good beginning place for individuals and families seeking to understand binge eating disorder."

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Eating Disorders in Childhood and Adolescence


Author(s): Lask/Waugh

Category: For parents by eating disorder specialists

Related Link: Amazon Store

"a VERY good book."

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Eating in the Light of the Moon


Author(s): Anita Johnston

Category: For parents by eating disorder specialists

Related Link: Amazon Store
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Eating with Your Anorexic: How My Child Recovered Through Family-Based Treatment and Yours Can Too


Author(s): Laura Collins

Category: Written by parents

Related Link: Amazon Store

"Great personal account of doing Family Based Therapy"

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Feeding Your Adolescent Anorexic


Author(s): Claire P. Norton

Category: For parents by eating disorder specialists

Related Link: Amazon Store

"A missing piece to the puzzle of how to approach and plan meals"

RATING:   COMMENTS (1)


Gaining


Author(s): Aimee Liu

Category: For parents by eating disorder specialists

Related Link: Amazon Store
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Give Food A Chance


Author(s): Dr. Julie O'Toole

Category: For parents by eating disorder specialists

Related link: PSI Press

"There are books one recommends to strangers, and those one presses on friends. I will be showing Give Food a Chance to my friends and enemies alike, and I look forward to the discussion it will initiate."

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Help Your Teenager Beat An Eating Disorder


Author(s): Dr. Lock and Dr. le Grange

Category: For parents by eating disorder specialists

Related Link: Amazon Store

"The why and how to of Maudsley Therapy"

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Hunger: An Unnatural History


Author(s): Sharman Apt Russell

Category: For parents by eating disorder specialists

Related Link: Amazon Store

"Factual account of what happens to the body during starvation and refeeding. Skip (anorexia) chapter and focus on the science and it's a worthwhile read."

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Life Without ED


Author(s): Jenni Schaefer

Category: For parents by eating disorder specialists

Related Link: Amazon Store

"Great book to show the internal dialogue of someone with an ED and the stages of recovery."

RATING:   COMMENTS (6)


My Kid is Back


Author(s): June Alexander

Category: For parents by eating disorder specialists

Related Link: Amazon Store

"Profiles of ten heroic families, two of them members of the F.E.A.S.T. community"

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Off the Cuff


Author(s): Nancy Zucker

Category: For parents by eating disorder specialists

Related Link: Duke - Treating Eating Disorders

"Great book for caregivers. It showed me how to ride the emotional waves without drowning."

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Please eat...: A mother's struggle to free her teenage son from anorexia


Author(s): Bev Mattocks

Category: Written by parents

Related Link: Amazon Store

This is an honest and insightful account of how Bev Mattocks (a member of F.E.A.S.T)supported her son Ben as he journeyed through the hell of anorexia and out into the light. Her story is typical of many parents' experience with the illness. She hunted high and low for information and support, she battled the shamefully inadequate health system, she attended to her son's schooling and social life, dealt with enormous tensions at home, and made some heart-warming friends along the way. This is also very much Ben's story: from the opening scene where we find him in hospital hooked up to a heart monitor, we're rooting for him to come out winning and we celebrate every step towards his recovery.

There are several things that make this book different from others. First, Bev is totally transparent about her emotions. If your own child is suffering from an eating disorder, you will easily relate to the exhaustion, fear and grief that frequently overwhelmed her, as well as to her determination and staying power. At times we get a glimpse into the strain on Bev's husband as well.

But this isn't a story of despair: Bev kept moving on, searching for solutions, working through obstacles, and placing herself firmly by her son's side. And here lies another precious aspect of this book: because Ben is totally on board with his story being told truthfully, every now and again we get his version of terrible events. This gives us a rare insight into what might be going on in the mind of someone in the grips of anorexia.

Ben began making progress when he and his parents worked as a team, and when the health professionals began to support their joint efforts. This is hardly a surprise, given the studies showing the success of Family-Based Treatment (as documented by Lock and Le Grange). For many children, effective treatment comes from parents taking over everything related to food and exercise, but this was not an option for Bev: if you're in the same situation, you will learn much from her slow but steady success with a collaborative, softly-softly approach based on joint agreements and rewards. 

This book takes you on an emotional journey, taking you through the everyday reality of dealing with anorexia. If you're a health professional, read it to understand what parents are struggling with at home. You will learn things that parents might not dare tell you in your consulting room. If your friends or relatives think that anorexia is simply a refusal to eat, get them to read Ben's story. And if you believe anorexia is a girl thing, this book will sweep away your misconceptions. 



(Review by Eva Musby)


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Skills-based learning for caring for a loved one with an eating disorder


Author(s): Janet Treasure, Grainne Smith and Anna Crane

Category: For parents by eating disorder specialists

Related Link: Amazon Store

"Very helpful"

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The ABCs of Eating Disorders


Author(s): Jane Morris

Category: For Clinicians, but also helpful for parents

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


Author(s): Marcia Herrin Ed.D. M.P.H. R.D., Nancy Matsumoto

Category: For parents by eating disorder specialists

Related Link: Amazon Store

"This book was recommended to me by a parent on the ATDT forum. It gives you lots of assistance from learning how to discuss EDs with your child, and takes the view that parents can refeed their child at home, with assistance."

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The Secret Language of Eating Disorders: How You Can Understand and Work to Cure Anorexia and Bulimia


Author(s): Peggy Claude-Pierre

Category: Written by parents

Related Link: Amazon Store

"It is spot on what was going on in my AN D's mind. But, I disagreed with the author's treatment philosophy."

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Treating Bulimia in Adolescents: A family-based approach


Author(s): Le Grange, D., & Lock, J.

Category: For Clinicians, but also helpful for parents

Related Link: Amazon Store
RATING:   COMMENTS (1)


Treatment manual for anorexia nervosa: A family based approach


Author(s): Lock, D., Le Grange, D. Agras, S., Dare, C. & Agras, W.

Category: For Clinicians, but also helpful for parents

Related Link: Amazon Store
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Winter Girls


Author(s): Laurie Halse Anderson

Category: For parents by eating disorder specialists

This book is Fiction,

It is a book that gave me an understanding of the head noise going on inside the head of a person experiencing an ED.

Not an easy read very confusing read, confusing story line & jumps all over the place at time is really chaotic Sound familiar??

Not one that I would recommend for a person experiencing an ED

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