Dr. O'Toole is an alumna of Reed College in Portland, OR. She graduated from the University of Washington and The Technical University in Aachen, Germany where she received her M.D. Dr. O'Toole completed her pediatric training in Honolulu, Hawaii, then traveled to American Samoa where she spent three months as a pediatrician, completing her Masters in Public Health (M.P.H.) in international health. Dr. O'Toole then returned to the US and spent 12 years practicing as a general pediatrician, before founding the Kartini Clinic in Portland in 1998.
Dr. O'Toole's work involves the study of child behavior, especially in those children whose brains do not function properly regarding food and survival, with emphasis on anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and food phobia, as well as those whose disordered eating contributes to obesity or wasting conditions.
Dr. O'Toole and her staff at the Kartini Clinic function as a multidisciplinary team of medical doctors, psychiatric nurse practitioners and psychotherapists with the mission to diagnose and control any environmental risk factors that may hinder recovery from eating disorders. By using evidence-based medicine to achieve medical stabilization, combined with family, group, and individual psychotherapies, as appropriate, the Kartini Clinic helps its patients achieve lasting physiological and psychological remission as well as personal healing and growth. The clinic was named after a 19th century Javanese princess who dedicated her short life to fighting for the education and betterment of women.
Welcome to my review of Dr. Julie O'Toole's powerful new book: Give Food A Chance-A New View on Childhood Eating Disorders.
This book provides a fresh perspective and invaluable support for both the health care professional and parents of children struggling with eating disorders. Includes a worksheet for rating the severity of an eating disorder and a family history questionnaire for parents.
As someone with a background in health care, I was inspired by Dr. O'Toole's philosophy that her patients are her greatest teachers.
The two most significant points that stood out for me were the following:
1. That anorexia nervosa is not a psychological disorder as many of us may commonly believe, but an organic brain disorder.
2. Eating disorders are NOT the parents fault. Not only does this book do an excellent job of freeing parents from unearned guilt associated with claims linking eating disorders to poor parenting, but it also sheds light on the truth that children do not CHOOSE to have this disorder.
Dr. Julie O'Toole is the founder and director of the Kartini Clinic in Portland, Oregon. Part of her book is devoted to describing what patients and families can expect when being treating for eating disorders, along with signs and symptoms indicating the need for hospitalization.
This groundbreaking book is an invaluable resource that gives families the insights, encouragement, and support that they need to deal with this often misunderstood disorder.
This is an excellent book written by a brilliant and caring doctor who specializes in treating anorexia in children.
Dr. O'Toole is the director of Kartini Clinic in Portland, Oregon and is a wealth of knowledge about causation, anorexia sub-types, medication, best practices of treating anorexia and so much more.
Dr. O'Toole describes in the book how patients and parents are treated at/by Kartini Clinic and staff.
I myself suffered from anorexia as a teen and young adult and now my 23 year old daughter is in recovery (or as Dr. Julie might say ... 'remission') from anorexia.
She is frank in saying that many patients will recover and then relapse at different times in life. But she gives parents empowerment to know how to recognize a relapse coming on and how to handle it.
What I especially like the book is the explanation of Kartini Clinic's unique and somewhat controversial Meal Plan and approach to 'capping' weight gain.
The Meal Plan starts at base of 2,150 calories, adding calories as needed for required weight gain. It's a mediterrean style method of eating - no fast foods, 'hyper-palatable' fatty foods or sweets/desserts including.
Dr. O'Toole tells patients that it is not her intention to get them fat - only to restore them to health and give them a Meal Plan that is safe for them to maintain their health.
This makes total sense to me.
When I was myself starting eating again after restricting for years, I went straight for 'hyper-palatable' food which caused my restrictive anorexia to morph to BINGE EATING. I gained a ton of weight and was miserable. Fortunately, gaining coping skills and a happy life helped my weight normalize and my anorexia faded in time.Read more ›
GIVE FOOD A CHANCE by Dr. Julie O' Toole is a great educational tool for both parents and professionals. This book is based on clinical experience for over a decade.It is a thought provoking book concerning eating disorders in young adults and children.It is a great educational tool and I would recommend it for anyone who has a child with a eating disorder or anyone who is interested in eating disorders.Very informative with clinical trials.the role of the family,and what to expect.This book was received for the purpose of review from the publisher and details can be found at Perfectly Scientific Press and My Book Addiction Reviews.
Title: Give food a chance: A new view on childhood eating disorders Author: Dr. Julie O'Toole
This book is perfect for parents who are struggling with a child who has an eating disorder. Dr. O'Toole, a veteran entrenched in these matters, gives sound advice and revelation to those seeking medical help for their child. Her philosophy is that anorexia nervosa, in particular, is a brain disorder not caused by parents or chosen by the child. Her method of treatment involves an intense team of doctors and especially includes family members. They all work intimately together to create a positive force all geared to the health and well being of the child. Doctor O'Toole's research, well-documented citings, and practical daily experience make her a credible voice in this jungle of theories. Other eating disorders are also chronicled throughout the book such as bulimia nervosa, selective eating, and food phobia. Dr. O'Toole gives a 21st century approach to the diagnoses and management these children critically need. She inspires, encourages and gives hope to families who are seeking medical help for their loved one afflicted by an eating disorder.