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Ed says U said: Eating Disorder Translator

by June Alexander and Cate Sangster Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Pbk 288 pages
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When an eating disorder (ED) is involved, the problems caused by miscommunication can have serious consequences. A remark from a parent that is intended as positive encouragement could act as a trigger and a criticism from someone with an ED might really be a cry for help.

This book aims to improve communication between someone with an eating disorder and their friends and family by revealing the eating disorder mind set and decoding language choices. Using examples of real-life, everyday conversations, ED says U said translates the highly charged language of anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder and unravels the emotional chaos that can surround sufferers and those who care for them. It provides clear examples of the common pitfalls and gives invaluable advice about how to help in defusing the triggers and regaining the personality swamped by the illness.

A unique resource of information on Eds, this book will be essential reading for everyone who has been affected by eating disorders: sufferers, carers, family and friends, together with health care professionals treating people with eating disorders.


“This innovative and inspirational book is your ticket on a wild ride into the secret world of eating disorders. June and Cate shine a light into the terrible depths but ultimately offer promise to both sufferers and professionals alike…highly recommended.”
- Dr Paul Rhodes, Clinical Psychology Unit, University of Sydney

“Communication becomes a core problem for people with eating disorders who often cry: 'You do not listen.' This book bridges this gulf.”
- Professor Janet Treasure, King's College, London

“Eating disorders are very effective at getting the most rational individual to think in the most irrational of ways. This is confusing to the sufferer and those who attempt to care for the patient, be they parents or professionals. This book will help us all understand these perplexing disorders just a little better.”
- Professor Daniel Le Grange, University of Chicago

“One of the most difficult aspects of an eating disorder is the way the illness distorts anything and everything that's said to the sufferer. This book will help expose those distortions in a simple but highly effective way. An important read for both clinicians and families.”
- Harriet Brown, author of Brave Girl Eating: A Family's Struggle with Anorexia

“Focused on providing practical, helpful guidance to use RIGHT NOW, June and Cate delve into what appears to be a vast, even endless, reserve of deeply personal energy, strength, insight, and wisdom to deliver a timely recovery tool that can benefit each party in the treatment process equally – sufferers, survivors, carers, professionals, and whole communities.”
- Shannon Cutts, founder, MentorCONNECT and author of Beating Ana: How to Outsmart Your Eating Disorder and Take Your Life Back

“Alexander and Sangster have honoured the true voice of loved ones and friends with eating disorders by translating their spoken words and nonverbal messages. They've done so with respect and great insight.”
- from the foreword by Laura Collins, executive director, F.E.A.S.T

“Every time someone speaks up, speaks out and shines a light on an eating disorder – the deadly grip of this most challenging illness is weakened. Alexander and Sangster have beamed that light with their compilation of many views, so much hard won insight.”
- from the afterword by Susan Ringwood, chief executive, Beat
June Alexander is an Australian writer and former journalist, columnist and newspaper editor. At the age of 11, she developed anorexia nervosa, followed by bulimia, and recovered four decades later. June is now a prominent eating disorder awareness writer and campaigner. ED says U said is her fourth book on eating disorders. June lives in Victoria, Australia. For more information about her work, please visit

Catherine Sangster is a health and physical education teacher. She has a background in neuroanatomy, publishing and freelance writing and her work has previously been published in international scientific journals. Cate lives in Victoria, Australia.