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Anorexia and other Eating Disorders, by Eva Musby

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Anorexia and other Eating Disorders: how to help your child eat well and be well: Practical solutions, compassionate communication tools and emotional support for parents of children and teenagers 

From Amazon:
"Parents are best placed to help their teenager or young child beat an eating disorder, yet most struggle to know what to do and how to do it. In Anorexia and Other Eating Disorders, Eva Musby draws on her family's successful use of evidence-based treatment to empower you to support your child through recovery."


1. How this book can help you
2. How does an eating disorder affect you and your child?
3. Your part in diagnosis
4. Treatment: the essentials
5. What parents need to know about the causes of eating disorders
6. Practical steps to help your child beat the eating disorder
7. How do you get your child to eat in spite of the eating disorder?
8. See the tools in action: mealtime scenarios
9. How to free your child of fears and rules: exposure therapy
10. The road to full recovery
11. Partners, friends, family and work: help or hindrance?
12. How to make treatment and therapy work for your child and for you
13. Powerful tools for well-being and compassionate connection
14. Love, no matter what: how to support your child with compassionate communication
15. How to build up your own resilience and well-being
Appendix: Compassionate or Nonviolent Communication (NVC)

Note: If you are dealing with an eating disorder other than anorexia, some of the practical tools might not apply to you. Most of the emotional ones will.


More About the Author: Eva Musby

Tags:  anorexia  Musby  parent support  parents 

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Dorothy1940 says...
Posted Wednesday, September 2, 2015
As the mum of a teenage girl with anorexia I cannot recommend this book highly enough. For the first time in a year and a half I felt as though someone was really speaking my language when it came to how to best support my daughter. Eva offers both practical and emotional guidance and advice and as someone who has read the book said to me "it's as though she's talking to me and really understands what I am going through". Eva doesn't just say "you need to be calm and confident", we all know that, it's the doing it which is the challenge when you are are under such huge emotional pressure and feel like your life is falling apart. Eva, from her own experience and hard work and research has found a framework, namely NVC, non violent communication, which can begin to provide those building blocks that parents dealing with an eating disorder in the family need. She also helps carers to see that to get through this demanding and heart breaking experience intact and be able to be present for their child, they need to find resources both within themselves and their environment which will build their strength and resilience. I hope that in time more and more parents and professionals will realise the wisdom of this compassionate approach and that it will begin to influence not only how parents approach anorexia but how support is provided for those families from the services around them.
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Mojo says...
Posted Friday, September 25, 2015
As a parent, I was helped from the first words on the first pages of Eva's book. And, in turn, my daughter -- who suffers with anorexia -- was helped with the skills I developed through my reading. I've read and skimmed several sources to not only gain an understanding of AN, but also (and most importantly) to gain the ability to help my kid beat this insidious affliction. And none of the books or pamphlets or articles I have read matches Eva's words of practical wisdom and advice, and none of them have helped me, my daughter and our family more than Eva's.

My daughter was in recovery for 18 months before a recent relapse, at age 14. And the funny thing now is that, with all the refeeding being done at home, I have been able to recall so many of the concepts and tactics from the first time I read it. And with that in my arsenal, my D is almost back to the max weight she has ever been. And she is halfway to where she needs to be (she's grown 3 inches since her max weight) -- and all in three weeks.

This book helped me avoid countless mistakes in learning how to help my daughter eat. How often have I wanted to scream "just eat the damned food!" But Eva's words pop in my mind and remind me that forceful phrases like that would be as effective in getting my D to overcome the fear at the table as they would to get her to overcome the fear of that first step of a bungee jump. And when I start to freak a little about my D's reaction to a little too much butter on the bread, I now first go directly inside of myself to find out what I am feeling and worried about in this situation before deciding what, if anything, to do to help my kid. This alone has saved us countless wasted minutes at the dinner table.

I give Eva and her book a good deal of the credit for our success in beating back AN, now for a second time. No other publication has helped as much as this one. If you don't have this book in your arsenal, you will be short-changing yourself and your child.
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silverlining says...
Posted Sunday, April 3, 2016
At the start of therapy with our 12 year old,the therapists advised us to read Eva musbys book annorexia and other eating disorders. We are so glad we read this it has proved to be a complete life saver for all of us .none of us knew anything about annorexia and this book has helped us supported us gave us hope at the darkest of times and continues to do so. It is full of invaluable tools and strategies and gives a great understanding of what is going on in the sufferers mind and how to deal with it and communicate . Also evas you tube videos have proved to be a fantastic tool in helping us understand annorexia. Thankyou Eva. X
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