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Your Dieting Daughter...Is She Dying For Attention? 1st Edition

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Though easy to trivialize, weight loss and excessive exercise can cause significant health problems, and treatment has ballooned into a major industry. Costin, a therapist and former victim of an eating disorder, focuses on the most pathological problems: anorexia and bulimia nervosa and binge eating. Though she analyzes their social milieu, offering a statement of "Thin Commandments," this is primarily a how-to-cope guide for family members of the afflicted. Topics include symptoms, underlying psychological causes, separate preventative advice for parents, and a useful evaluation of today's most popular weight-loss programs and principles. The kind of concrete examples and practical guidance that may accompany professional therapy are provided in a supportive manner. Berg's work is a more expansive and polemical book, addressing most aspects of America's weight "crisis." Berg, a nutritionist and editor/publisher of Healthy Weight Journal, serves up a feast of facts on four major problems: dysfunctional eating, eating disorders, size prejudice, and remedies for the overweight. Condemning "diets," she instead proposes a wellness paradigm based on the Canadian "vitality" model, which calls for moderation in eating habits and an active, playful lifestyle. The book contains advice for parents but emphasizes that social change is needed in schools, organized sports, and federal policies that focus too narrowly on antiobesity. Unlike other books on this topic, the unique problems of boys and minority children are also explored. Though sometimes superficial and alarmist in tone, Berg's book is a valuable consciousness raiser. Both books are recommended for public libraries for both parents and concerned professionals needing inspiration.
Antoinette Brinkman, Southwest Indiana Mental Health Ctr. Lib., Evansville
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (October 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876308361
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876308363
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #336,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carolyn recovered herself from anorexia nervosa over twenty-five years ago. Her own recovery is a primary factor in her understanding of and establishing empathy with her clients. Carolyn served as director for several hospital programs but soon realized the need to have a more home-like environment for optimum treatment to take place. She created her unique 6-bed residential program, Monte Nido, to serve this purpose.

Her unique combination of experience, training, and passion have led Carolyn to national recognition, as have her accomplishments in the field of eating disorders. She is a frequent speaker at national eating disorder conferences and is a member of several national eating disorder organizations. Carolyn is on the editorial board of "The Eating Disorder Journal of Treatment and Prevention" and writes on issues pertaining to eating disorders for various magazines and publications. Carolyn is also the author of two books, Your Dieting Daughter and The Eating Disorder Sourcebook. Carolyn stays versed in the etiology and treatment of eating disorders on cultural, developmental, biological and psychological levels.

In addition to Monte Nido, Carolyn is also director of The Eating Disorder Center of California, which offers her approach to recovery in an intensive day-treatment program. Despite overseeing her clinics and participating in a wide range of responsibilities, such as being a board member of the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) and traveling the country lecturing, Carolyn continues to maintain a hands-on approach at Monte Nido Treatment Center, providing both individual and group therapy.

In Spring 2006, Carolyn will be opening a new affiliate, RainRock, a 10-bed facility, located near Eugene, Oregon on the McKenzie River. RainRock will follow the philosophy and protocols of the successful treatment program developed by Carolyn at Monte Nido in Malibu, California.

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Not only do I find this book relatively easy to understand, but Carolyn gives real-world examples to support her theories and ideas. I am currently at her treatment center in Malibu and this book has not only enlightened me on eating disorders, but it has also aided me to comprehend what my parents and loved ones are going through and how the eating disorder affects them. I highly recommend this book!
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As a nutrition therapist I recommend this book to the parents of clients I am working with. Carolyn Costin offers professional guidance to parents with the her unique perspective as a recovered patient. The chapters intended for Mom and then Dad are especially helpful in gaining an understanding in the development and treatment of eating disorders. If you suspect or know that your daughter has an eating disorder I highly recommend this book.
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Last year our family struggled to understand our 18 year old daughter's eating disorder. This book offers some excellent insight . The author is in recovery for her own anorexia, and she tells about real teens that she counsels in her own practice. I was very prepared to sympathize and support my daughter during her recovery. I highly recommend this book.
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