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The Parent's Guide to Eating Disorders

Supporting Self-Esteem, Healthy Eating, and Positive Body Image at Home


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The Parent's Guide to Eating Disorders by Marcia Herrin

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The Parent's Guide to Eating Disorders differs from existing eating disorder self-help books in several key ways. Instead of focusing on the grim hospital stays of patients with severe disorders, Dr. Marcia Herrin emphasizes early detection and intervention and the importance of establishing healthy attitudes toward food at a young age. Rather than focusing only on older teens, a population noted for eating disorder problems, attention is also directed toward adolescents and younger children. Parents learn that contrary to high-profile eating disorder cases, it is not always necessary to spend huge sums of money to turn around an eating disorder. Not every family can afford thousands of dollars in expensive inpatient treatment to fix their problem. This book proves to parents that effective solutions can begin in the home, at virtually no cost to them other than a healthy investment of time, effort, and love. A chapter on boys and eating disorders, along with appendices on further reading; informational, support, and advocacy organizations and websites; residential and hospital programs; and references make this a complete guide to dealing with a challenging problem.

Author Biography

Marcia Herrin is the founder of the Dartmouth College Eating Disorders Prevention, Education and Treatment Program, one of the most respected programs of its kind in the nation. She is also the author of the professional text, "Nutritional Counseling in the Treatment of Eating Disorders (Brunner-Routledge, 2003). Currently, she runs a busy private practice specializing in children and adults with weight issues and eating disorders. Dr. Herrin received her Master's in public health from the University of California at Berkeley, and her doctorate in nutrition education from Columbia University. A sought-after expert on children with eating problems, Dr. Herrin was featured in a People magazine cover story on eating disorders on college campuses (which was reported by Nancy Matsumoto), has appeared on The Today Show and 48 Hours, and has been quoted in The New York Times, Shape Magazine, and other print media. She has also served as a consultant to a wide variety of public and private universities and school systems. Nancy Matsumoto is a former staff correspondent for People magazine and a freelance writer. She writes human-interest news, entertainment, and medical articles, including numerous stories on health, eating disorders, and body image. She has also been a contributor to Time, Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times, among other publications.
Release date NZ
April 28th, 2007
Country of Publication
United States
Second Edition
Gurze Books
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