A guide for friends, family and professionals.
Meet Alice, a teenage girl with anorexia nervosa. Alice invites readers to learn about anorexia nervosa and how it makes her see herself differently from how other people see her. She also introduces readers to Beth who has bulimia nervosa, Sam who has selective eating problems, Francesca who has functional dysphagia and Freddie who has food avoidance emotional disorder. They all explain why they find food difficult and how their eating disorders are different.
This illustrated book is an ideal introduction to understanding the complex issues surrounding eating disorders. It shows family, friends and teachers how they can support a young person with an eating disorder and will also be a good place to start when encouraging open conversations about eating disorders at school or at home.
"This highly readable little book for children, family members and concerned friends, strikes just the right tone with its matter-of-fact, clear and sympathetic information. There is nothing like it that we can use to help people understand what our patients go through. I will certainly be using it for mine."--Julie O'Toole MD, M.P.H., C.E.D.S., Chief Medical Officer, Kartini Clinic, Portland, Oregon.
"This thoughtful and practical book focuses on what matters from the perspective of children with eating disorders; what helps, what doesn't, and most importantly, how to see the child not the disorder. It will be a great support for siblings and friends and an invaluable resource for care providers in the field."--Josie Geller, PhD, R.Psych., Director of Research, Eating Disorders Program, St. Paul's Hospital and associate professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia.
Bryan Lask is emeritus professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at St George's, University of London, UK, Medical Director at Rhodes Farm, Care UK, and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.
Lucy Watson is an assistant psychologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital and Care UK. She is the editorial assistant for the journal Advances in Eating Disorders: Theory, Research & Practice co-edited by Professor Bryan Lask and Dr. Rachel Bryant-Waugh.
56 pages. 2014
Ages 7-15 Grades 2-10
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