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Eating with Your Anorexic: How My Child Recovered Through Family-Based Treatment and Yours Can Too, by Laura Collins

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Updated: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
This poignant and informative narrative relates how one mother rescued her daughter from the "experts" and treated the girl's life-threatening anorexia using a controversial approach. Known as the Maudsley Approach, this home-based, family-centered therapy, developed in Great Britain in the 1980s, has been receiving a lot of press here over the past few years. While it has been widely used in Europe for many years and is rapidly gaining acceptance among parents and within the pediatric and child psychiatric communities in the United States, until now, there were no popular books on the subject. Must-reading for parents of children with eating disorders.

More about the author: Laura Collins, F.E.A.S.T. Founder, and Board Member

Tags:  anorexia  Collins  family 

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9/30/2010, Therese says...
Posted Tuesday, August 19, 2014
This was THE book that launched our exploration of Family Based Therapy, at home. It gave us the courage to try something different and it made us realize we were not insane or alone.
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9/30/2010, Colleen says...
Posted Tuesday, August 19, 2014
You don't have to be a Catholic to feel guilty when your child develops an eating disorder. For years, EDs have been blamed on poor parenting: overbearing mothers, control issues, lack of protecting children from media influences, poor role modeling, critical parenting, etc. This book GETS IT. Parents don't cause eating disorders and children don't choose to have them. Treatment manuals and professionals are great and have their place, but there is NOTHING on earth like living through the gut-wrenching, hair-tearing, frightening and bewildering experience of refeeding your beloved child. Laura gets it just right...the fear, the anger, the return to health. I've read it over and over during our journey, and each time it reassures me in a different way that we are doing the right thing. It is honest and REAL...and it's not something you'll get from the best-intentioned professionals. I couldn't have gotten through this ordeal without it.
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9/30/2010, Susan says...
Posted Tuesday, August 19, 2014
A very personal account of a families couragous fight over an eating disorder. Inspirational and honest. This book gave me permission to take control. I will forever be in awe of those who showed such loving care of their daughter and stood up to show others the way to recovery. Not a "how to" book but a personal insight as to what a family can and must do to aid recovery.
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9/30/2010, Mary A says...
Posted Tuesday, August 19, 2014
This book gives parents the assurance needed to trust their instincts at a time when they most need to. I think Laura makes it quite clear that food is the medicine needed as soon as possible, without fear that we are harming our children by helping them with this when they can not help themselves. With so many experts telling us "hands off" I think this book is a valuable contribution to helping many parents find a way to help their children and loved ones out of the ED maze in a timely manner and that's honest medicine. No one should be expected to "talk about it" while they starve! I have shared this book with others. thanks Laura.
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9/30/2010, Lydia says...
Posted Tuesday, August 19, 2014
I remember when we were starting down the road to Family Based Treatment, after over 4 years of “traditional” treatment for our daughter. She was still gravely ill, and we were desperate for something that would work. “Eating With Your Anorexic” was a light in the darkness. My husband and I read this and thought “wow someone out there gets it.!” In Laura’s book there was so much understanding for all the tears, frustration, and hopelessness we had felt over the years. We will always be grateful for the inspiration and encouragement Laura gave us. A wonderful read for every parent looking for a way out of the confusion and helplessness that eating disorders create in their family.
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9/30/2010, Anne Marie says...
Posted Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Two weeks after crash landing in the bizarre and horrific world of my daughter's life-threatening anorexia this book enabled me to breathe again. Ms. Collins' frank and insightful recounting of her experiences as a mother, catapulted me out of the insidious pit of fear and guilt into which I had unknowingly stumbled. This book can give you back your confidence to be the kind of parent your child so desperately needs you to be.
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9/30/2010, Stephanie Milstein, Ph.D. says...
Posted Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Many families that I work with have shared that this book gave them the motivation & encouragement that they needed to pursue a family based & parent in charge approach towards treatment. It is a first hand account of real life trials & tribulations & Laura provides validation & encouragement demonstrating that recovery is possible!
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9/30/2010, Maria says...
Posted Tuesday, August 19, 2014
I read this book at the same time that I was reading Help Your Teenager Beat An Eating Disorder. Laura's book reads like the practical companion to the Teenager book. This book is easy to read, honest, funny and positive. It is an "if they can do it, so can we" kind of book. It was meaningful to me that Laura involved the whole family in her story telling because when a child has an ED, the whole family feels sick.
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9/30/2010, Jennifer says...
Posted Tuesday, August 19, 2014
This is a must read for all parents of children with eating disorders. I've read the book several times. It has given me hope and strength that we can help our daughter too. It also was the first book that I came across that honestly portrayed some of the behavioral challenges that come with feeding your ill child.
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9/30/2010, Tricia says...
Posted Tuesday, August 19, 2014
This book provided us with the inspiration we needed to continue our battle. Laura perfectly and sensitively articulated the feelings of parents who have lost their wonderful daughter through the onslaught of an eating disorder. It gives us hope that we will find her again.
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5/3/2013, Bonnie says...
Posted Tuesday, August 19, 2014
I loved this book,it was funny,gave the correct information and gave hope.i read it in 24 hours and wanted to read it again.Great job Laura!!!
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9/30/2010, Noreen says...
Posted Friday, August 22, 2014
This book saved our daughters life. Laura's honest and graphic depiction of the frustrations and guilt that parents go through when dealing with medical professionals validated our experience like nothing else. And her fierce love and devotion for her daughter, and unyielding determination to break the anorexia's hold gave me the courage to do the same for my 19 year old daughter. I read it in one night and took action the next day.
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