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Give Food a Chance

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  29 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Give food a chance arises from the clinical experience of Dr Julie O’Toole, MD, MPH over more than a decade of treatment for eating disorders in children and young adults. Dr O’Toole rejects former theories that claim such disorders are caused by poor parenting, issues of control, rejection of adulthood, or society’s oppression of women. Instead, the author’s thesis is tha ...more
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Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a Pediatrics Resident Physician, and this book was loaned to me during my Adolescent Rotation, as I have the privilege of working with the author. I must admit, the title was a bit off-putting for me (don't worry, it won't be once you start reading). This book was fantastic and eye-opening, even as a senior resident. It describes the importance of treating eating disorders as a type of brain disorder, without any of the blame lying on the patient or their family for "causing" the eating dis ...more
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Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the top books for parents of a child with an eating disorder. I love the clarity and passion with which Julie O'Toole, the founder of the Kartini Clinic, writes, both in this book and in her blog. There is an excellent section on the causes of eating disorders, the effects of food restriction (as revealed in the Minnesota semi-starvation study), and the sorry history of treatment approaches, including how parents came to be blamed and excluded from their children's treatment.

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Jan 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I received Give Food a Chance from the publisher for review, and quickly gave it to one of our school counselors to read. She devoured it. (Pun intented). The approach to helping a person with eating disorders was unique. She stresses and illustrates that blame for the disorder has been counterproductive to treatment. Poor parenting, society's view of women, or control are not the issues, but that anorexia nervosa is a disorder of the brain. When you hear that, anyone would agree, of course! But ...more
May 01, 2011 rated it really liked it

GIVE FOOD A CHANCE by Dr. Julie O' Toole is a great educational tool for both parents and professionals. This book is based on clinical experience for over a decade.
It is a thought provoking book concerning eating disorders in young adults and children.It is a great educational tool and I would recommend it for anyone who has a child with a eating disorder or anyone who is interested in eating disorders.Very informative with clinical trials.the role of the family,and what to expect.This book was
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Very informative for parents who have children with eating disorders, especially anorexia.
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I learned how much is owed to the patients when a doctor learns about any illness.
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Julie O'Toole was born in Salt Lake City, daughter of a four generation Heber City family, and raised there until age 9 when her family moved to Palo Alto. She attended Reed College and the University of Washington where she received a degree in Botany (Mycology), and moved to RWTH Aachen in Germany, where she received her degree as a medical doctor. She further trained in Hawaii and Samoa and pra ...more