Eating Disorders: A Handbook for Teens, Families and Teachers

Eating Disorders: A Handbook for Teens, Families and Teachers

by Tania Heller




“If I gain any weight, I’ll lose all control.” These words, spoken by a 14-year-old anorexia nervosa patient, show just how serious eating disorders can be for teenagers, disturbing numbers of whom are dissatisfied with their bodies. For some, mostly girls, thoughts about food and their bodies consume their lives and lead to such life-threatening eating disorders as anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa.
This guide to eating disorders for teenagers, their families, and others involved in their lives defines what the diseases are, considers who suffers from them and why, discusses the warning signs and complications, and covers associated disorders. It also provides information on body dysmorphia and the treatment and prevention of eating disorders. Numerous resources that can provide help are listed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786414789
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 03/31/2003
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Tania Heller, M.D., is a board-certified pediatrician and the medical director of the Washington Center for Eating Disorders and Adolescent Obesity in Bethesda, Maryland She is the author of four other books.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Preface 1

1 No Age Barriers 3

2 What Are Eating Disorders? 7

3 Who Develops an Eating Disorder and Why? 28

4 Body Image and Self-Esteem 41

5 Eating Disorders in Males 49

6 Warning Signs of an Eating Disorder 63

7 Complications of Eating Disorders 69

8 Associated Disorders 81

9 Treatment 89

10 Recovery 107

11 Prevention 117

12 Adolescent Obesity 127

13 Questions and Answers 143

14 Conclusion 162

Appendix A: Quick Reference Guide 163

Appendix B: Resources 167

Bibliography 169

Index 173

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