The Body Betrayed

The Body Betrayed : Women, Eating Disorders, and Treatment

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The Body Betrayed: Women, Eating Disorders, and Treatment introduces readers to the continuum of eating pathologies, then investigates concerns of comorbidity, the influence of family relationships, and the impact of societal factors as they relate to eating disorders. The author also addresses concerns of sexuality, the effects of physical and sexual abuse, and chemical dependency, before turning to the medical complications and biology of eating disorders and the physical costs and psychological risks of obesity. The book closes by discussing some of the feelings and patterns for which eating disorders frequently seem to provide a way of coping, and often-encountered challenges during and benefits of treatment. This volume includes a multitude of thoroughly disguised case histories to bring clinical concepts alive, and utilizes literary quotes, personal and historical anecdotes, and metaphors to achieve, at times, a refreshingly first-hand and accessible tone. It is an invaluable resource for clinicians treating patients with eating disorders, as well as for lay audiences who have had their own lives, or those of people close to them, impacted by eating disorders.show more

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  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 31mm | 616.89g
  • American Psychiatric Association Publishing
  • American Psychiatric Publishing
  • VA, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1585624500
  • 9781585624508

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The Body Betrayed: Women, Eating Disorders, and Treatment introduces readers to the continuum of eating pathologies, then investigates concerns of comorbidity, the influence of family relationships, and the impact of societal factors as they relate to eating disorders. The author also addresses concerns of sexuality, the effects of physical and sexual abuse, and chemical dependency, before turning to the medical complications and biology of eating disorders and the physical costs and psychological risks of obesity. The book closes by discussing some of the feelings and patterns for which eating disorders frequently seem to provide a way of coping, and often-encountered challenges during and benefits of treatment. This volume includes a multitude of thoroughly disguised case histories to bring clinical concepts alive, and utilizes literary quotes, personal and historical anecdotes, and metaphors to achieve, at times, a refreshingly first-hand and accessible tone. It is an invaluable resource for clinicians treating patients with eating disorders, as well as for lay audiences who have had their own lives, or those of people close to them, impacted by eating disorders.show more

About Kathryn J. Zerbe

Kathryn J. Zerbe, M.D., is the Director of the Adult Outpatient Department, Medical Director of the Women's Program, and a staff psychoanalyst at The Menninger Clinic. Dr. Zerbe completed her B.S. degree in zoology and history at Duke University and her M.D. degree at Temple University School of Medicine. She was the Section Chief of the Eating Disorders Unit at The Menninger Clinic for 5 years and continues to teach and consult on eating disorders. Dr. Zerbe is a faculty member of the Karl Menninger School of Psychiatry and has published numerous professional articles on eating disorders, women's issues, psychotherapy, and psychobiographies of artists. She is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments. About the author. The spectrum of eating disorders. Comorbidity: the dilemma of dual diagnoses. Daughters and mothers. Daughters and fathers. When self meets society: the interplay of cultural and psychological factors. Special people in the life cycle: eating disorders in infants, children, athletes, and older women. Chasing the ideal: the quest for a perfect body image. Fasting on love: concerns about sexuality and pregnancy. Swallowing anger and despair: the impact of physical and sexual abuse. Drowning sorrow: chemical dependency and eating disorders. The body at risk: medical complications of eating disorders. Filling up: the biology of nutrition and eating disorders. When calories add up to pain: the tolls of obesity. Life's hurdles: ways eating disorders help us to cope. Treatment: the body reclaimed. Epilogue. Tables. Appendix. Bibliography. Index.show more

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