Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder, First Edition (Hardcover)
If your teenager shows signs of having an eating disorder, you may hope that, with the right mix of love, encouragement, and parental authority, he or she will just "snap out of it." If only it were that simple. To make matters worse, certain treatments assume you've somehow contributed to the problem and prohibit you from taking an active role. But as you watch your own teen struggle with a life-threatening illness, every fiber of your being tells you there must be some part you can play in restoring your child's health. In Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder, James Lock and Daniel Le Grange--two of the nation's top experts on the treatment of eating disorders--present compelling evidence that your involvement as a parent is critical. In fact, it may be the key to conquering your child's illness. Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder provides the tools you need to build a united family front that attacks the illness to ensure that your child develops nourishing eating habits and life-sustaining attitudes, day by day, meal by meal. Full recovery takes time, and relapse is common. But whether your child has already entered treatment or you're beginning to suspect there is a problem, the time to act is now. This book shows how.
About the Author
James Lock, MD, PhD, is Professor of Child Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Stanford University and Director of the Stanford Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders Program. Dr. Lock has received numerous awards for his research on eating disorders and has published several books for professionals in collaboration with Daniel Le Grange. He is committed to providing evidence-based treatments to children, adolescents, and their families.
Daniel Le Grange, PhD, is the Benioff UCSF Professor in Children’s Health in the Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics and Joint Director of the Eating Disorders Program at the University of California, San Francisco. He is Emeritus Professor at the University of Chicago, where he was Director of the Eating Disorders Program until 2014. An award-winning researcher, Dr. Le Grange was a member of the team at the Maudsley Hospital in London that developed family-based treatment for anorexia nervosa. Over his career, he has treated hundreds of adolescents and families struggling with eating disorders.
"Navigating the treacherous ground of a child's eating disorder can be a remarkable challenge. Written by two trusted figures in the eating disorders field, this book offers parents a clear and comprehensive roadmap for helping a child overcome this serious threat to health and well-being."--Kelly D. Brownell, PhD, Yale Center for Eating and Weight Disorders; author of Food Fight
"Parents receive lots of advice about how to help their children recover from eating disorders--but often it's the wrong advice. This book helps parents understand what is going on with their child and how they can take an active role in making treatment more successful. I highly recommend it."--W. Stewart Agras, MD, coauthor of Overcoming Eating Disorders
"If you are the parent of a teenager who is struggling with an eating disorder, you probably feel confused, anxious, and filled with questions. What should you do? Is it your fault? Can you help? This book, written by two eating disorder experts, will help you find some answers. It clearly explains what eating disorders are about and which treatments work best, and gives practical suggestions and encouragement. Recommended for any concerned parent."--Rachel Bryant-Waugh, PhD, University of Southampton, UK; author of Eating Disorders: A Parents' Guide
"The authors, both experienced in the field of psychiatric treatment of teens with eating disorders, make a cogent and compelling argument for greater involvement of parents in their children's care. In so doing, they serve to empower parents, marking a welcome departure from previous practice."--Iris F. Litt, MD, Adolescent Medicine Clinic, Department of Pediatrics, Stanford University School of Medicine
"Truly excellent. An invaluable resource for parents. It provides sound, commonsense answers to all the most important questions. Written by experts--and it shows."--Christopher G Fairburn, DM, FRCPsych, author of Overcoming Binge Eating
"Finding appropriate treatment for our 15-year-old daughter has involved plenty of heartache, but this book provides information and empowerment that is helping us persevere. It offers a comprehensive account of the challenges of dealing with an adolescent's eating disorder--and what you can do to restore your child to a normal, healthy life. A 'must read' for parents!"--Mr. and Mrs. V., Naperville, Illinois
"With this groundbreaking book, parents can set aside guilt and helplessness and get on with the difficult but rewarding work of supporting their child toward healthy recovery."--Laura Collins, author of Eating With Your Anorexic
"Lock and Le Grange have written a comprehensive book on a difficult topic...There are many red flags that parents should recognize when it comes to their adolescent daughter or son's eating habits, and this intelligent book points them out clearly and concisely."
— Publishers Weekly
"Written by two of the foremost experts in the field of treating adolescent eating disorders....They do a wonderful job translating statistics and research results into layman's terms and applicable information....I would recommend this book for parents."