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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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Book of Hope: Stories of love, courage and recovery from families who have battled eating disorders, by Sue Huff

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 21, 2015

From Amazon:

“While she struggled to learn to eat again, I was starving for stories of hope.” Sue’s daughter was diagnosed with anorexia at the age of 14. Baffled and afraid, Sue realized she needed to connect with other families who under- stood the journey. This book is the result: a powerful collection of stories, told from the perspective of both the individuals with eating disorders and the parent(s) who walked the path of recovery with them. As well, Sue weaves her own family’s story of recovery, with its many twists and turns, including Sue being diagnosed with breast cancer at the same time. Bravely honest and compelling, Book of Hope provides a lighthouse for families facing an eating disorder and keen insight for any doctor, teacher, coach, friend or loved one who wants to understand eating disorders and provide support.


More About the Author: Sue Huff

Tags:  Canada  Family  Huff  Stories 

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Bronte's Story, by Bronte Cullis and Steve Bibb

Posted By Administration, Friday, November 1, 2013
Updated: Saturday, August 16, 2014
From The Bronte Foundation:
"Bronte’s Story” -published by Random House.
This is a powerful, raw and honest description of six years in the life of Anorexia sufferer, Bronte Cullis.

Tags:  Australia  Bibb  Cullis 

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A Journey Shared, by Jan Clarke (mother of Bronte Cullis )

Posted By Administration, Friday, November 1, 2013
Updated: Saturday, August 16, 2014

Bronte's mother, Jan Clarke describes what she has learned about the nature of eating disorders  and details the stages of recovery and treatment. This is a must read for any family or professional.  Available only by contacting the author. Contact Jan Clarke.

Tags:  Australia  Clarke  Cullis 

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

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Bright, popular and a star on the rugby pitch, 15 year old Ben had everything he could want. But then food-loving Ben began to systematically starve himself. At the same time his urge to exercise became extreme. In a matter of months Ben lost one quarter of his bodyweight as he plunged into anorexia nervosa, an illness that threatened to destroy him. 

Please eat... A mother's struggle to free her teenage son from anorexia is his mother's heart-breaking yet inspirational account of how she watched helplessly as her son transformed into someone she didn't recognise, physically and mentally. It also describes how, with the help of his parents and therapist, and through his own determination, Ben slowly began to recover and re-build his life.

More About the Author: Bev Mattocks 
Bev Mattocks is a long-time F.E.A.S.T. member and ATDT Forum Mentor.

Tags:  anorexia  boys  Mattocks 

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Brave Girl Eating, by Harriet Brown

Posted By Administration, Monday, November 1, 2010
Updated: Wednesday, August 20, 2014
In Brave Girl Eating, the chronicle of a family’s struggle with anorexia nervosa, journalist, professor, and author Harriet Brown recounts in mesmerizing and horrifying detail her daughter Kitty’s journey from near-starvation to renewed health. Brave Girl Eating is an intimate, shocking, compelling, and ultimately uplifting look at the ravages of a mental illness that affects more than 18 million Americans.

More about the author: Harriet Brown

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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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Gaining, by Aimee Liu

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Updated: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Using her own experience and the stories of many recovering anorexics she's interviewed, Aimee Liu weaves together a narrative that is both persuasive in argument and compelling in personal details.

Tags:  biography  Liu 

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Life Without ED, by Jenni Schaefer

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Updated: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
"Great book to show the internal dialogue of someone with an ED and the stages of recovery."

Tags:  biography  recovery  Schaefer 

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My Kid is Back, by June Alexander

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Updated: Tuesday, August 19, 2014

My Kid is Back explains how family-based treatment can greatly reduce the severity of anorexia nervosa in children and adolescents, allowing the sufferer to return to normal eating patterns, and their families to return to normal family life.

In this book, ten families share their experiences of living with anorexia. Parents describe their frustrations in seeking help for their child and dealing with their behaviour and sufferers discuss how the illness gets into their mind and takes over their personality.

By focusing on the Maudsley family approach and expert advice from Professor Daniel Le Grange, and including clear lists of illness symptoms, strategies for parents and carers to follow, and information on getting further treatment and support, this book proves an essential resource for families who want to win the battle with anorexia nervosa.

About the Author:
June Alexander:

June Alexander sits on F.E.A.S.T.'s Advisory Panel. This book profiles ten heroic families, two of them members of the F.E.A.S.T. community.

Tags:  Alexander  Australia  family  FBT  interviews 

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Hungry: A Mother and Daughter Fight Anorexia, by Shiela and Lisa Himmel

Posted By Administration, Friday, January 1, 2010
Updated: Saturday, August 16, 2014
Parent Review:

The farther into the book I read, the more that things our family was going through made sense. It was heartening to learn that other families experienced the same emotions, the same conversations, the same tension between hope dashed and hope renewed. It was especially helpful that both mother, Sheila, and daughter, Lisa, give their individual perspectives on the events leading up to Lisa’s eating disorder and on through her recovery. As Sheila enjoyed increasing success as a food critic, Lisa faced a growing battle with our food obsessed and image conscious culture. I highly recommend this book for any family member struggling to help a loved one.

Tags:  Himmel  Hungry 

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Andrea's Voice, by Doris Smeltzer, Carolyn Costin, Andrea Lynn Smeltzer

Posted By Admin, Friday, January 1, 2010
Updated: Saturday, August 16, 2014
"From a parent to all parents."

Tags:  Costin  Smeltzer 

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