How to Overcome Eating Disorders (Paperback)
Breaking Free for a Better Life
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If you want to gain a better understanding of eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder, this book is for you. It looks at theories about the causes of eating disorders, including susceptibility studies, personality traits, genetics, the effects of personal circumstances, societal/media pressures, family influences and more.
The health risks are covered and the damage caused by eating disorders is made clear. This information, especially, will help some sufferers find the strength and determination to fight their disease and break free.
The book explains the logic of eating disordered individuals, with some using food or weight control as a coping mechanism to block out painful emotions. It will enable the reader to better understand why some people with eating disorders behave as they do.
It looks at the latest research, and new and emerging treatments are discussed, as well as established treatments and their success rates. In addition to conventional treatments medical, psychological and therapeutic the book considers complimentary therapies that may support an individual's recovery.
It also includes nutritional information, to help those who are frightened of food, because they feel out of control around it, or are afraid of being overweight. There is a chapter on adjusting to change, recovery strategies and a look at why pro-ana communities are unhelpful, suggesting healthier social groups and past-times.
The book contains extensive case studies of people who have battled with anorexia and bulimia, looking at some of the things that may have played a role in their disease, such as abuse, bullying, loneliness, low self-esteem, unhappiness and pressures to conform.
Having experienced my own battles with eating disorders, I felt this book would answer a lot of my questions.For the Love of Books
The cover photo is calming and serene but I didn’t feel it was right for this book. The layout is a little crowded too; wider margins may have been a better choice.
Those things aside, the content is well written and well researched covering many of the feelings suffered go through including feeling pressured, judged and shame.
Body image is not about vanity, it is about control and Taylor explains this fully confessing to her own experiences. She talks about how these disorders are fundamentally psychological incorporating how mental health issues can occur in later life.
She highlights statements like: ‘underlying emotional traumas’, ‘ambitious individuals who believe personal achievements are important’ and ‘being people pleasers’ which makes this book speak directly to the reader and connects with the sufferer.
The wavy oversized chapter headings did not seem to sit easily with the seriousness of the content or calm cover. However, Taylor makes up for that by incorporating case studies and touches on Freud and Jung while describing varying types of therapies available.
I was impressed Taylor focussed the disorder on sufferers of all ages and not just the young.
There is also a page devoted to self-help and further reading in addition to several helpful books sign-posted within the content.
All in all, a really insightful book. Thoroughly recommended for sufferers or those simply curious about eating disorders.
Read the review online here.
As featured inDIVA, April 2018
All in all, a really insightful book. Thoroughly recommended for sufferers or those simply curious about eating disorders.For the Love of Books
Read the complete review here.
As featured inWriting magazine, January 2018
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, reviewed by Patty Byrne
I learned so much from this book. The author did an amazing job with different experience.
Having suffered from eating disorders for most of my life this book is good point of reference for understanding the illness.NetGalley, reviewed by Tracy Shephard
It will not cure you but it will give you a deep insight into the psychology behind them.
While everyone has a different reason why their eating disorder has begun this book is filled with interesting facts and also includes some case studies.
A good place to start if you are asking questions.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, reviewed by Ash L
This book really opened my eyes to eating disorders and how they can affect ones life. I went in knowing little there is to know about them. I work in the public schools health department and thought it would be great to get some insight and maybe some signs to look for. Great read! Going to pass on to my school nurses and health assistants as well.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, reviewed by Heidi Wimmer
The author paints a wonderful picture of what can trigger an eating disorder. She gives readers different areas of healing, therapies, and support groups.
A very informative book. It shows the onset of an eating disorder to the many complexities involvedNetGalley, reviewed by Dawn Wells
It's a book that as someone who's always to some extent going to be recovering from an eating disorder myself, I can appreciate it's a positive influence on me now as a contrast to where I was. Where as if you are struggling it may trigger you more.NetGalley, reviewed by Eve Witherington
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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