Eating disorders ISBN: 9780750235433
Published by Hodder Wayland (Health Issues series), 2002
Really aimed at teenagers, this book will be useful for good readers of 11 and 12 as well. An initial, detailed chapter on nutrition, weight and diet gives information on healthy foods, the types of food and their values, and advice on dieting. The second and third chapters cover the respective disorders of anorexia, bulimia and compulsive and binge eating - what they are, who gets them, behaviour and effects, and psychological aspects. A fifth chapter goes into detail of social, psychological and physical reasons why people develop eating disorders: society's demands for perfection, personality (low self-esteem, needing to be in control), family problems, and possible physical causes, such as an inherited tendency or chemical imbalances in the brain. The final chapter on treating these disorders is both reassuring and worrying: many people do recover, but it can take a long time, and some never do. The resources include a reading list, useful organizations, and internet sites. An index and glossary are included. Honest and compelling reading, but no easy answers.