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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373892268
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373892266
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #350,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kandel, founder and director of The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness, brings her own successful recovery from anorexia and bulimia to this readable text whose message is that full recovery is possible. Noting that no recovery is “perfect,” the author, who stresses that she is not a health professional, seeks to free others from identifying with the disorder and risking becoming it. Kandel seeks to empower readers by sharing her own past—how her youthful perfectionism and aspirations to become a ballerina fueled her need to control and numb her emotions, which stoked her disorder—as well as the stories of others. She also offers practical advice, using boxed and large-type inserts to emphasize main points: “My eating disorder gave me carte blanche not to have to do things that scared me: I didn’t have to feel . . . Basically, it protected me . . . from life.” With a list of resources, Kandel’s experience and accessible self-help approach should help many find and remain on the path to wellness. --Whitney Scott

About the Author

Johanna S. Kandel, Founder and Executive Director of The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness, graduated Magna Cum Laude from The University of Central Florida. After a ten-year battle with various eating disorders, she founded The Alliance in October, 2000. Kandel has mentored many women during their treatment, helped spread information on eating disorders and advocated for eating disorder legislation on a state and national level.

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I would recommend this book to anyone involved with any eating disorder!
ask4cathy
It is written in a very comfortable and friendly manner using humor and analogy to help the reader to understand the concepts being presented.
Joe
This book offers real hope and inspiration and shows you that being recovered is possible!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Maria M. on September 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
Reading this book felt very much like sitting down with a cup of tea and having a heart to heart with a close friend. A very caring and gentle one who understands thoughts and feelings you may have never felt brave enough to speak out loud and of which you may have even been ashamed at some point. Johanna's words had me smiling, laughing, and even crying at different points throughout the book. Her naturally warm tone and easy to understand language make it impossible not to relate to her experiences.

Johanna shares her personal story of living with and recovering from an eating disorder and offers thoughful and useful "tools" that she has developed throughout her journey as well as learned from others along the way. More than anything, I think this book is filled with invaluable insight pertaining to an experience we all share in which I plainly and simply call "life". Anyone who has struggled with issues relating to self-esteem, belonging, wanting to please others, never feeling good enough, all or nothing thinking, and many other characteristically human experiences will surely relate to Johanna's account.

Moreover, this book helps to remind you that you are not alone, no matter how lonely it might feel, and that there is hope! Hope that it is possible to let go of the need to control and to be perfect and that you will still be okay. Hope that you can genuinely learn and be comfortable with loving and taking care of yourself and live a life that is truly full and satisfying (though by no means perfect).
I believe listening to Johanna's story of recovery will be helpful to anyone, whether or not you have lived or are living with an eating disorder. I am happy that she has chosen to write this book and hope that many will benefit from her heartfelt words and wisdom.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sharon G on October 25, 2010
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Life Beyond Your Eating Disorder is a wonderful guide to living! The author speaks openly about the struggles that each of us face every day of our lives. This book does not focus solely on eating disorders. It reaches out to anyone who struggles with any issues in their lives. Johanna is open, honest, caring, and hopeful throughout the book. She reaffirms the idea of self worth! We can all use that message.
Johanna will make you laugh, cry, and discover your true self. Anyone who reads this book will take one important message away with them - YOU CAN DO IT! Whatever it is, have hope, show strength, be happy, and be healthy!
This book is a MUST READ for both women and men.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ask4cathy on October 26, 2011
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Thank you for writing this book, Johanna Kandel!! I found this to be quite inspirational and educational. Just reading about your story and to learn that recovery is possible was, as you would say, was a great "baby step," for us. Also, as a Mom, I liked your crayon and middle-drawer concepts/tools (just to name a few)!

I would recommend this book to anyone involved with any eating disorder! Would also reccommend this book to anyone OF ANY AGE, (especially those with young girls or boys); with or without these eating disorders as the perception of 'reality' that is being portrayed in the media & to our youth is misaligned.

Lastly, I found Johanna's reDEFINE-ing REALity inspirational!! A definite 'MUST READ!'
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Garrett Swann on March 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
I was truly inspired after reading "LIFE BEYOND YOUR EATING DISORDER." When there is lack of HOPE in recovery, "LIFE BEYOND YOUR EATING DISORDER" allows one to have ease and insight from the day to day process of rocovery. Johanna sets out simple tools for such a complicated disease. Where most books on Eating Disorders only cover the condition, this book addresses the recovery process with real and truthful aids that are extremely relatable to those who our suffering. Johanna's message and story is honest and from the heart. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who is suffering from this illness.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Howard Hallis on March 28, 2011
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Johanna Kandel's "Life Beyond Your Eating Disorder" is an absolute MUST READ FOR ANYONE! This book is not just pertinent to people who have suffered or are currently suffering from an eating disorder. As someone who lives in Los Angeles and is particularly involved in the entertainment industry, I can tell you that way too many people are suffering from this disorder without any type of solid guidance. And that's exactly what this book provides you with: solid guidance. It reflects on the simple day by day task of putting one foot in front of the other...no matter how hard a step might be on a given day. Wonderful life lessons for anyone who is overcoming any kind of obstacle.
More importantly, it covers the aspects of one's life AFTER recovery. I've found that way too many books on eating disorders only cover the process of recovery and then assume that you are simply "good to go" once you are recovered. Kandel's book offers a comforting day by day guide for life beyond the steps of recovery.
In short, there are unbelievable pressures against us all to look a certain way. Ms. Kandel offers us an excellent guide to working through those pressures and finding happiness.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on March 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
It is rare that you read a book on the subject of eating disorders and never having had one yourself, still find anecdotes you can apply to your life's struggles. It is also rare to read a book about ED and not find sensationalized material. Plain and simple Life Beyond Your Disorder is an interesting read about the author, ED, positive and possible recovery, the stories of the author's group participants and everything that happens in between. Being a health care practitioner and having read too many textbooks without the actually experience laid out and made real, I find this book to be a great potential tool for other health care providers. One last point, the book flows so well and is so readable that you will read it one sitting.
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