Books

Answers to Anorexia: A New Breakthrough Biological Treatment That Is Saving Lives

In” Answers to Anorexia,” Dr. James M. Greenblatt offers the first new medical treatment plan in 50 years for anorexia nervosa. This “self-starvation” disease affects adolescents and women of all ages in the United States and is now increasingly common in men. Written by a leading psychiatrist and eating disorder expert, the book is based on cutting-edge research on nutritional deficiencies in anorexia that have been long ignored as well as on the use of a simple but revolutionary brain test that can help psychiatrists select the best medication for each individual person. Dr. Greenblatt explains that anorexia is a complex disorder with genetic, biological, psychological and cultural contributing factors.

Bulimia: A Guide to Recovery

“Bulimia: A Guide to Recovery” by Lindsey Hall and Leigh Cohn is an intimate guidebook offering a complete understanding of bulimia and a plan for recovery. It contains practical self-help tools, answers to frequently asked questions, a two-week program to stop bingeing and specific advice for loved ones. It includes “Eat Without Fear,” Hall’s story of self-cure that has inspired thousands of other bulimics.

Full Mouse Empty Mouse: A Tale of Food and Feelings

“Full Mouse Empty Mouse: A Tale of Food and Feelings” by Dina Zeckhausen tells the tale of two mice and what they can do when they are chased by a cat, hounded by a dog and threatened by a deadly mousetrap. One mouse, Billy Blue, tries eating more food to soothe his distress, while the other mouse, Sally Rose, stops eating altogether. When neither stuffing nor starving themselves helps, they learn to look for answers in their hearts and with their family and friends.

The Body Betrayed

“The Body Betrayed” by Kathryn J. Zerbe is written for the everyday reader, but with the wisdom, creativity and insight of one of the most well-known experts in the field. The book explains the most important aspects of diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders. Included are chapters on parent-child relationships, family dynamics, abuse issues, medical complications, the biology of nutrition, pregnancy, athletics and treatment.

Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder

If your teenager shows signs of having an eating disorder, you may hope that with the right mix of love, encouragement and parental authority, he or she will just “snap out of it.” If only it were that simple. To make matters worse, certain treatments assume you’ve somehow contributed to the problem and prohibit you from taking an active role. However, as you watch your own teen struggle with a life-threatening illness, every fiber of your being tells you there must be some part you can play in restoring your child’s health. In “Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder,” James Lock and Daniel Le Grange — two of the nation’s top experts on the treatment of eating disorders — present compelling evidence that your involvement as a parent is critical. In fact, it may be the key to conquering your child’s illness. “Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder” provides the tools you need to build a united family front that attacks the illness to ensure that your child develops nourishing eating habits and life-sustaining attitudes — day by day, meal by meal. Full recovery takes time, and relapse is common. Whether your child has already entered treatment or you’re beginning to suspect there is a problem, the time to act is now. This book shows how.

Father Hunger: Fathers, Daughters, and the Pursuit of Thinness (Second Edition)

“Father Hunger” by Margo Maine, PhD, discusses the emptiness experienced by women whose fathers were physically or emotionally absent — a void that leads to unrealistic body image, yo-yo dieting, food fears and disordered eating patterns. The term, which is now part of the psychology lexicon, originated with the first edition of this work in 1991.
After having completed a decade’s worth of further investigation, Dr. Maine has updated the information about men and their daughters in this second edition. She offers a new crash course on being a girl in today’s culture, based on her expertise as a leading eating disorders prevention advocate. This edition describes the origins of father hunger and its effect on the family, with even more practical solutions to help fathers and daughters understand and improve their relationships. Also included is an expanded section for educators and therapists to help them more effectively prevent and treat the problems that occur between dads and daughters.

The Parent’s Guide to Eating Disorders – Supporting Self-Esteem, Healthy Eating, and Body Image at Home

“The Parent’s Guide to Eating Disorders” by Marcia Herrin and Nancy Matsumoto shows that effective solutions begin at home and cost little more than a healthy investment of time, effort and love. Based on exciting new research, it differs from similar books in several key ways. Instead of concentrating on the grim, expensive hospital stays of patients with severe disorders, the authors focus on the family. They advise parents on how to examine and understand their family’s approach to food and body image issues and this approach’s effect on their child’s behavior. Parents learn to identify an eating disorder early, to establish healthy attitudes toward food at a young age and to intervene in a nonthreatening, nonjudgmental way. The authors concentrate on teens, the age group most often affected by eating disorders, as well as younger children. Individual chapter’s cover boys at risk, relapse training, dealing with friends, school, summer camp and much more. The book includes an appendix and sections on further reading, organizations, websites, residential and hospital programs and references.

Telling Ed, No!

Based on Cheryl Kerrigan’s inspiring story, “Telling Ed No!” is a toolbox of more than 100 practical recovery tools and exercises, such as renaming fears, transforming Ed’s rules, keeping a gratitude journal, composing a body cheer and even holding ice! Filled with Cheryl’s unique personality and perspective, each short chapter has prompts for reflection and discussion that bring the recovery process to life. Part self-help book, part memoir, this unique guidebook combines the power of real-life experiences and candid straight talk with suggestions and exercises that offer both hope and creative inspiration. Click here to learn more.

Gurze Books

Gurze Books is a publishing company specializing in resources for eating disorders recovery. Click here to learn more.