When Dieting Becomes Dangerous


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A Guide to Understanding and Treating Anorexia and Bulimia

Deborah M. Michel, Ph.D., and Susan G. Willard, L.C.S.W; With a foreword by Arthur Crisp, M.D., D.Sc.

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This primer on anorexia and bulimia is aimed directly at patients and the people who care about them. Written in simple, straightforward language by two experts in the field, it describes the symptoms and warning signs of eating disorders, explains their presumed causes and complexities, and suggests effective treatments.

The book includes:

• guidance about what to expect and look for in the assessment and treatment process;
• emphasis on the critical role of psychotherapy and family therapy in recovery;
• explanation of how anorexia and bulimia differ in their origins and manifestations;
• information on males with eating disorders and how they are similar to and different from female patients;
• a separate chapter for health care professionals who are not specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of individuals with eating disorders;
• up-to-date readings, Internet sites, and professional organizations in the United States and in Europe.

Deborah M. Michel is clinical assistant professor in the department of psychiatry and neurology at the Tulane University School of Medicine. Susan G. Willard, director of the Eating Disorders Treatment Center at River Oaks Hospital, is professor in the department of psychiatry and neurology and the department of pediatrics at the Tulane University School of Medicine.

"Comprehensive, informed, and very readable. This book should be required reading for patients, their families, and clinicians working in the field."—Craig Johnson, Director, Eating Disorders Program, Laureate Hospital

“I highly recommend this book, which is modest in size but profound in concept, based on vast clinical wisdom, and accessible to a diverse audience.”—Diane Mickley, M.D., founder and director of the Wilkins Center for Eating Disorders, Greenwich, Connecticut

"For those with eating disorders and those who care about them, Michel and Willard provide an authoritative, up to date and highly readable book offering knowledge and hope. They carefully discuss signs and symptoms, risk factors, challenges imposed by the disorders and their complications, and sophisticated contemporary approaches to treatment that include individual and family therapies, medical treatments and other modes of recovery and self-help. All those seeking guidance will find useful information and resources in these welcome pages."—Joel Yager, past president, Academy of Eating Disorders

"A remarkable synthesis of clinical wisdom and contemporary research. Patients and their family members will derive great benefit from its compassionate tone and practical suggestions. This book will surely become a pivotal resource in years to come."—Kathryn J. Zerbe, author of The Body Betrayed: A Deeper Understanding of Women, Eating Disorders, and Treatment

"When Dieting Becomes Dangerous is a direct and comprehensive guide to eating disorders that offers the most up-to-date research and facts about these complex, sometimes deadly illnesses. For anyone in need of help identifying and treating eating disorders, this book provides a critical foundation of understanding regarding these often perplexing diseases and offers practical ’what to do’ information that could save a life."—Larkin McPhee, producer, "Dying to be Thin" (part of the NOVA PBS series)

When Dieting Becomes Dangerous contains all the essential information that families and sufferers need to have to obtain a basic understanding of anorexia and bulimia.”—Laura J. Weisberg, Duke University Medical Center and Harvard Medical School

"This is a remarkably readable compendium summarizing the state-of-the-art, compassionate approach to these modern scourges. If you read one book on eating disorders, let it be this wonderful primer."—Timothy D. Brewerton, Medical University of South Carolina

"This well-written book will be most useful to health care providers faced with responsibility for a patient struggling with the psychiatrically defined eating disorders known as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Highly recommended. Professionals."—Choice

This authoritative and thorough book is. . . . an excellent starting point for anyone interested in this topic.

“This authoritative and thorough book is a worthwhile primer on anorexia and bulimia. . . . The clinic experience of these respected authors permeates the language, which is accessible and conveys the sense that the reader is in a private consultation. . . . This overview presents enough depth and up-to-date information to serve as an excellent starting point for anyone interested in this topic.”—Eating Disorders Today

“This book provides a wealth of information in a succinct and easy to read format. . . . It is difficult to write a book to address the needs of both families and professionals, but I do think that the authors have been successful in their mission. I highly recommend this book for health care providers as both a source of information for themselves and as a reference book to give to family members of individuals with eating disorders. It provides a wealth of information and a great deal of compassion in.”—Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, The Academy for Eating Disorders Quarterly Newsletter

“This book helps patients, family and doctors to unravel the situation.”—The Times (London)
ISBN: 9780300092332
Publication Date: December 11, 2002
176 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4