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Inside Anorexia: The Experiences of Girls and their Families

by Christine Halse, Anne Honey and Desiree Boughtwood Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Inside Anorexia describes the different experiences and challenges faced by teenage girls with anorexia and their families. It demonstrates that the starting point for understanding anorexia must be the unique stories of individuals and their families.

Structured around real-life accounts, the book provides a valuable insight into the lived experience of girls with anorexia and their families. Useful fact boxes in each story provide an overview of current knowledge from a variety of disciplines as well as new findings from the authors' own research into anorexia nervosa.

Inside Anorexia is an accessible resource for anyone who wants a better understanding of anorexia nervosa. It will be an informative guide for health professionals as well as for people with anorexia and their families.

Acknowledgements. 1. Living with Anorexia Nervosa: What is anorexia?; History of anorexia; How common is anorexia?; What causes anorexia?; How is anorexia treated?; Recovering from anorexia. 2. 'The Best Anorexic': The Story of Angela, Maureen, Mike, Dan, and Martha: Physical effects of anorexia; Anorexia: Part of an eating continuum?; Re-feeding the starving body; The effect of anorexia on siblings; The effect of anorexia on parents. 3. 'Fat Attack': The Story of Carol, Lynne, John, Ben, and Shane: Searching for a cause; Co-educational versus single sex schools; Body image; Anorexic behaviors. 4. 'If You're Not the Girl With Anorexia Then Who Are You?': The Story of Kate, Margie, Carl, Donna, Lucas, Joseph, and Reuben: Schools and the prevention of anorexia; Males with anorexia; Psychiatric problems associated with anorexia; Family therapy. 5. 'The Problem Isn't You, It's the Anorexia': The Story of Hannah, Laura, Peter, and Luke. Effects of starvation; Influence of siblings; Support networks for parents and carers; Advice from parents and carers. 6. 'Tough Love': The Story of Jo, Julie, Michael, and Sam: School culture and anorexia; Pro-ana websites; Compulsory treatment. 7. 'Ahah, Anorexia Nervosa!': The Story of Antonia, Alice, Alan, and Aaron: Facts and fictions of sexual abuse; Anorexia in different cultural and ethnic groups; The experience of hospitalization; Challenges of diagnosing anorexia. 8. 'It Can Happen to the Nicest Families': The Story of Ruth, Beth, David, and Callum: Healthism; Challenges in treating anorexia; Parents, guilt and blame; Relationships between people with anorexia; Supporting parents. 9. 'It's All Up to Me Now': The Story of Renee, Elizabeth, Pat, and Ryan: The meaning of food; Religion and spirituality; Media and anorexia; Readiness for recovery. 10. Conclusion. International Advisory Panel. References. Subject Index. Author Index.

The full extent of anorexia and its effect on families is very well presented, so I think that anybody who was struggling with the complexity of the issues surrounding anorexia might well feel less isolated after reading this book... Inside Anorexia is worth a read.
Dr Christine Halse is an Associate Professor in Education and Chief Investigator of the multi-disciplinary, multi-method Australian Research Council project, Multiple Perspectives of Eating Disorders in Girls, at the University of Western Sydney, Australia. Her research and publications on anorexia nervosa have addressed biographical, clinical and ethical issues.

Dr Anne Honey is Senior Researcher with the Multiple Perspectives of Eating Disorders in Girls project at the University of Western Sydney and has a background in mental health research and occupational therapy.

Dr Desiree Boughtwood is a counselor. Her doctorate, titled Anorexia Nervosa in the Clinic, examined teenage girls' experiences of hospitalization for anorexic nervosa.