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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373892268
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373892266
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #349,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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 Lynn Beilfuss on January 30, 2011
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Johanna Kandel gives the reader a glimpse into the life of someone who has dealt with an eating disorder and has fully recovered. She also uses stories throughout the book from others who have also battled these insidious disorders. It helps the reader to see that they are not alone in their recovery process and it gives hope that recovered is attainable.

Johanna also includes practical tools that can help the reader to quiet the voice of their eating disorder and to continue to be motivated to move forward in their recovery. She uses the tools that she has learned leading groups and working in the field of eating disorders to propel people forward.

I was truly inspired by this book and had a hard time putting it down. I, myself, am a person fully recovered from an eating disorder and found myself wishing that this book had been published when I was struggling. It gave me more insight into the disorders that took many years of my life. I think that this book can be adapted to any person suffering with any disorder on the spectrum. If you know of anyone suffering from an eating disorder I would highly recommend giving them a copy of this book.
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Char Baxter on January 30, 2011
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This book is a true gem. Johanna's positive voice brings hope to people struggling with a very dark disease. She believes recovery is possible and helps you see her point of view through energizing advice and an uplifting message.

Be warned: if you are looking for sensationalism (think portia de rossi) with "sick" pictures, shocking statistics, and gory details, this book is not for you. Johanna seeks not to glorify a terrible disease but to offer genuine support to those who struggle and the people who love them. I respect her for this and find her book to be one of the best on the topic I have read.
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