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Almost Anorexic: Is My (Or My Loved One's) Relationship with Food a Problem?

Almost Anorexic: Is My (Or My Loved One's) Relationship with Food a Problem?

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By (author) Jennifer J. Thomas, By (author) Jenni Schaefer

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  • Publisher: Hazelden Publishing & Educational Services
  • Format: Paperback | 200 pages
  • Dimensions: 136mm x 212mm x 20mm | 460g
  • Publication date: 30 July 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Center City
  • ISBN 10: 1616494441
  • ISBN 13: 9781616494445
  • Sales rank: 266,617

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Determine if your eating behaviours are a problem, develop strategies to change unhealthy patterns, and learn when and how to get professional help when needed with this practical, engaging guide to taking care of yourself when you are not a full-blown anorexic. Every day millions of us struggle with eating. We stand at the mirror wondering how we can face the day when we look so fat. We over-exercise. We skip meals, go on fad diets, and scan labels for "fat free." Still, we are never thin enough. Sitting down to a meal feels like facing a battle. Many of us suffer from the symptoms and effects of anorexia, but never address the issue because we don't fully meet the diagnostic criteria. One major study estimates that while 1 in 200 adults have experienced the full anorexia syndrome, as many as 1 in 20 have exhibited at least some of the key symptoms.If this is the case for you, then you may be "almost anorexic". With this groundbreaking book, you can get help for yourself or a loved one. Drawing on case studies and the latest research, eating disorder experts Jennifer Thomas and Jenni Schaefer give you the skills to:Understand the symptoms of almost anorexia and its place on the spectrum from normal eating behaviours to a full-blown eating disorderDetermine if you (or your loved one's) relationship with food is a problemGain insight on how to intervene with a loved oneDiscover proven strategies to change unhealthy eating patternsLearn when and how to get professional help when it's needed

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Jennifer J. Thomas, PhD, is on the Harvard Medical School staff and is assistant professor of psychology in the department of psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital specialising in eating disorders. Jenni Schaefer is an internationally known author and speaker whose work has helped change the face of recovery from eating disorders. Her books include Life Without Ed.

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""Almost Anorexic" succeeds in achieving balance among eating disorder assessment and treatment principles grounded in scientific research, clinical practice, and personal experience. The partnership between Thomas (researcher and clinician) and Schaefer (author with personal experience with eating disorder recovery) is commendable and will be invaluable to helping men and women who are struggling with ""almost anorexia.""--The AED (Academy for Eating Disorders) Forum "Thoughtfully educates the reader of the dangers of eating disorders that might not fit within the common public understanding."--Lynn S. Grefe, president and CEO, National Eating Disorders Association "Anorexia Nervosa, a serious and potentially life-threatening disorder, is relatively rare. Much more common are subclinical symptoms which are nonetheless very distressing and problematic. "Almost Anorexic" uniquely and compellingly describes this important phenomenon and provides down-to-earth guidance on how to overcome such problems."--B. Timothy Walsh, professor of psychiatry, Columbia University, and chair of the DSM-5 Eating Disorders Work Group "I wish "Almost Anorexic" had been written when my daughter was ""almost anorexic."" This book might have given us the information we needed to intervene before our daughter moved into full-blown anorexia, and it might have helped us save her life."--Kitty Westin, advocacy director, The Emily Program Foundation "A vibrant read with a fresh perspective on the perilous gray zone between healthy and anorexic."--Cynthia Bulik, author of "Midlife Eating Disorders" and director of the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders "Eating problems are often ignored by assessment tests, health care professionals, media coverage, insurance companies, and even the person who is suffering. This book will help millions--including men!"--Leigh Cohn, editor-in-chief, Eating Disorders: "The Journal of Treatment and Prevention" and coauthor of "Current Findings on Males with Eating Disorders" "A comprehensive overview of research and information, combined with self-help exercises that will help people identify if indeed they have a problem with eating and what they might be able to do about it."--Carolyn Costin, Monte Nido and Affiliates Treatment Centers, author of "8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder" and "Your Dieting Daughter" "This is an incredible contribution to the literature on eating disorders--which I wish had come out ten years ago!"--Kirsten Haglund, Miss America 2008, National Eating Disorders Association ambassador "Written in engaging prose and based on current scientific research, this valuable book provides an empathic look at body image and eating concerns that technically do not meet diagnostic criteria for full syndrome eating disorders yet cause suffering to those who are in their grip."--Ruth H. Striegel, professor of psychology, Wesleyan University and editor-in-chief, "International Journal of Eating Disorders" "Health practitioners and clients alike will appreciate the useful tools, charts, and case studies...Ultimately, this is a guide that will help you (or a loved one) get your life back."--Evelyn Tribole, co-author of "Intuitive Eating" "Many of us struggle with food, eating, and/or body image. This book's appealing mix of personal reflections and sound, up-to-date information will make it an important resource for anyone troubled by his or her relationship with food, or who's concerned about a friend or family member."--Harriet Brown, author of "Brave Girl Eating" "Dr. Jennifer Thomas and Jenni Schaefer are a dynamic duo who brilliantly illuminate the slippery emotional slope to anorexia."--Susan Albers, author of "Eating Mindfully" "For patients, family members, and friends, this book validates the experience of an eating disorder that cannot be classified as anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder."--Kamryn T. Eddy, co-director, Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program, Massachusetts General Hospital ""Almost Anorexic" puts a welcome end to the inaccurate belief that recovery is only possible for some sufferers of eating disorders, and shows that it is actually an action-oriented process that any one of us can choose. Grounded in practical changes readers can make in their lives, this book is evidence that there is hope."--Marya Hornbacher, award-winning journalist and bestselling author of "Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia; Madness; Sane and Waiting" ""Almost Anorexic"" is a must read for anyone concerned with their own or a loved one's relationship with food and body. I am not a professional, I am a survivor and I promise you will relate to the words on every page and gain so much insight from this incredible book."--David H., Book Bargains, 5 Star Review