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Boys Get Anorexia Too: Coping with Male Eating Disorders in the Family

by Jenny Langley Lucky Duck Publishing
Pub Date:
01/2006
ISBN:
9781412920223
Format:
Pbk 192 pages
Price:
AU$75.00 NZ$77.39
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Eating disorders are usually associated with females but there are an increasing number of males affected by anorexia and bulimia. Often there is a link between male eating disorders and athletic prowess, and the quest for physical perfection can result in damaging behaviours associated with diet, supplements and exercise.

This unique and important book combines a mine of information with a readable and engaging case study. The author was shocked and horrified when her son developed anorexia at the age of twelve. Having a research background, she naturally turned her attention to finding out as much as she could about how best to combat this terrifying illness. Her son is now fully recovered and has supported this book that not only describes their experiences, but also provides a practical guide on how to cope with male eating disorders.


A much needed resource for other parents in similar situations, the book will also be of interest to people working in health centres, clinics and hospitals. It will also be invaluable for youth support groups, teachers and sports coaching staff, who are often the first to be aware of concerns about eating disorders in young men.


Jenny is a Chartered Accountant who worked in the pharmaceutical industry for many years. Latterly she has also worked in the Financial Services Industry (for six years) as a pharmaceutical and healthcare analyst and salesperson. She is a member of the Eating Disorder Association and a volunteer member of their Self Help Network.

PART ONE: ABOUT ANOREXIA IN BOYS
What Is Anorexia and What Are the Effects?
Boys Don't Get Anorexia, Do They?
Triggers for Boy Anorexia
What to Look Out For
Living with an Anorexic Boy
Effects on the Family
Self-Help
Treatment Options
Therapy, Therapy, Therapy
Healthy Eating
Caring for the Carer
Returning to Normal Life
Do Boys Get Other Eating Disorders?
Suggested Reading List
List of Useful Organisations
PART TWO: JOE'S STORY
Setting the Scene - Happy Chaos
Decline and Fall
The Diagnosis - Watch Out for Rex
The Treatment - Heaven or Hell?
Recovering too Quickly? - Watch Out for Rex
Coming Home - Will Rex Come too?
Moving on - Rex Has Gone!

Jenny is a Chartered Accountant who worked in the pharmaceutical industry for many years. Latterly she has also worked in the Financial Services Industry (for six years) as a pharmaceutical and healthcare analyst and salesperson. She is a member of the Eating Disorder Association and a volunteer member of their Self Help Network.