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Eating With Your Anorexic

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For parents of a child with an eating disorder, the most crucial question is 'What do we do now?' This book equips parents to take charge of refeeding their underweight child, and recognizes that patients who eat and gain weight are more likely to progress toward ultimate recovery.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by McGraw-Hill Contemporary (first published December 15th 2004)
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This wonderful book helped me focus on the need for me to help my daughter with her eating disorder. Collins does a great job of using her personal experience with the Maudsley method of treating anorexia nervosa to provide information and support to parents facing the same problem. Should be required reading for professionals who are stuck in the "family is at fault" mode of treating people with eating disorders.
Eva Musby
Reading ‘ Eating with your Anorexic’ when my daughter was fast spiralling into anorexia made me immensely grateful that family based treatment is the norm in the UK. I bet thousands of parents owe a debt of gratitude to Laura Collins. She’s publicised both Maudsley and James Lock through her account of her own journey with her daughter. Laura Collins writes a gripping and moving account of how she and her husband took control of their daughter’s recovery. I could identify with all her struggles, ...more
A very interesting book that really turns what you think you know about anorexia on its head. Makes the very good point that by the time families seek treatment for this disease, of COURSE they look dysfunctional because by that point, they've been driven frantic and crazy with worry over their teen's lack of eating. Dysfunctional family, therefore, is not always the CAUSE of anorexia, often it is "co-morbid" with anorexia, brought on by the disease and the feelings of helplessness that it bring ...more
Charlotte Bevan
I read this book in a day and then again and again for inspiration during our struggle with our daughter's eating disorder. I was recommended the book by other parents on the Around the Dinner Table forum, where I went for help and advice and FEAST (Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment

Collins writes beautifully and honestly about living with a child with an eating disorder and her struggle to get good treatment. Evidence based treatment protocols and how difficult it is
Rose Vanden Eynden
Any parent who is struggling through the horror and fear of dealing with an anorexic child should read this book. The author makes a passionate and reasonable plea for families to stop blaming themselves for the issues their child is having. When my son was diagnosed with this dreadful disorder at the age of 12, I immediately went into self-blame mode. This book helped me to understand him better so that I could move out of shame and guilt and into a mindset where I could help him to heal. I did ...more
This book gives you hope.
Excellent synopsis of one family's struggle with anorexia. Laura Collins and her husband used the highly controversial Maudsley Method on their teenage daughter with success. Collins sites numerous studies in her work exploring the possibility that eating disorders are more biological than psychological. In other words, nutrition may well clear up most, if not all of the mental problems associated with the disease.
This book is written by a mother of an anorexic and her struggle to find a therapy which would work for her daughter. The theory of the Maudsley Approach really seemed to make sense to me. Getting someone to start eating and working with the family seems so simple, but that's not the going theory for most therapists or programs, amazing.
Sarah Wilcher
This is a must read for any parent who is wading into the unknown waters of Eating Disorders with their child or loved one. Laura brilliantly describes the insanity of current treatment modalities that many parents come face to face with. A heart felt journey and offers great tools to the weary, frightened parent.
This book saved us from disaster and gave us the hope that our daughters eating disorder could be overcome. Highly recommended.
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