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Almost Anorexic: Is My (or My Loved One's) Relationship with Food a Problem? (The Almost Effect) Paperback – May 29, 2013
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--The AED (Academy for Eating Disorders) Forum
"Thoughtfully educates the reader of the dangers of eating disorders that might not fit within the common public understanding."
--Lynn S. Grefe, president and CEO, National Eating Disorders Association
"Anorexia Nervosa, a serious and potentially life-threatening disorder, is relatively rare. Much more common are subclinical symptoms which are nonetheless very distressing and problematic. Almost Anorexic uniquely and compellingly describes this important phenomenon and provides down-to-earth guidance on how to overcome such problems."
--B. Timothy Walsh, professor of psychiatry, Columbia University, and chair of the DSM-5 Eating Disorders Work Group
"I wish Almost Anorexic had been written when my daughter was "almost anorexic." This book might have given us the information we needed to intervene before our daughter moved into full-blown anorexia, and it might have helped us save her life."
--Kitty Westin, advocacy director, The Emily Program Foundation
"A vibrant read with a fresh perspective on the perilous gray zone between healthy and anorexic."
--Cynthia Bulik, author of Midlife Eating Disorders and director of the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders
"Eating problems are often ignored by assessment tests, health care professionals, media coverage, insurance companies, and even the person who is suffering. This book will help millions--including men!"
--Leigh Cohn, editor-in-chief, Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention and coauthor of Current Findings on Males with Eating Disorders
"A comprehensive overview of research and information, combined with self-help exercises that will help people identify if indeed they have a problem with eating and what they might be able to do about it."
--Carolyn Costin, Monte Nido and Affiliates Treatment Centers, author of 8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder and Your Dieting Daughter
"This is an incredible contribution to the literature on eating disorders--which I wish had come out ten years ago!"
--Kirsten Haglund, Miss America 2008, National Eating Disorders Association ambassador
"Written in engaging prose and based on current scientific research, this valuable book provides an empathic look at body image and eating concerns that technically do not meet diagnostic criteria for full syndrome eating disorders yet cause suffering to those who are in their grip."
--Ruth H. Striegel, professor of psychology, Wesleyan University and editor-in-chief, International Journal of Eating Disorders
"Health practitioners and clients alike will appreciate the useful tools, charts, and case studies...Ultimately, this is a guide that will help you (or a loved one) get your life back."
--Evelyn Tribole, co-author of Intuitive Eating
"Many of us struggle with food, eating, and/or body image. This book's appealing mix of personal reflections and sound, up-to-date information will make it an important resource for anyone troubled by his or her relationship with food, or who's concerned about a friend or family member."
--Harriet Brown, author of Brave Girl Eating
"Dr. Jennifer Thomas and Jenni Schaefer are a dynamic duo who brilliantly illuminate the slippery emotional slope to anorexia."
--Susan Albers, author of Eating Mindfully
"For patients, family members, and friends, this book validates the experience of an eating disorder that cannot be classified as anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder."
--Kamryn T. Eddy, co-director, Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program, Massachusetts General Hospital
"Almost Anorexic puts a welcome end to the inaccurate belief that recovery is only possible for some sufferers of eating disorders, and shows that it is actually an action-oriented process that any one of us can choose. Grounded in practical changes readers can make in their lives, this book is evidence that there is hope."
--Marya Hornbacher, award-winning journalist and bestselling author of Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia; Madness; Sane and Waiting
"Almost Anorexic" is a must read for anyone concerned with their own or a loved one's relationship with food and body. I am not a professional, I am a survivor and I promise you will relate to the words on every page and gain so much insight from this incredible book."
--David H., Book Bargains, 5 Star Review
About the Author
Jennifer J. Thomas, PhD., is an Assistant Professor of Psychology,Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, and Co-Director, Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program, Massachusetts General Hospital. Her groundbreaking scientific research, which focuses on the development of an eating disorder typology that better reflects clinical reality, has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the Klarman Family Foundation, and the Hilda and Preston Davis Foundation. She has published forty scientific articles and chapters, serves on the editorial boards of International Journal of Eating Disorders and Journal of Abnormal Psychology, and is a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders and Eating Disorders Research Society. She lives in downtown Boston, where she also maintains a private psychotherapy practice, helping people with almost anorexia and other officially recognized eating disorders. Jenni Schaefer’s breakthrough bestseller, Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too, established her as one of the leading lights in the recovery movement. With her second book, Goodbye Ed, Hello Me: Recover from Your Eating Disorder and Fall in Love with Life, she earned her place as one of the country’s foremost motivational writers and speakers. Jenni's straightforward, realistic style has made her a role model, source of inspiration, and confidant to people worldwide looking to overcome adversity and live more fully. She speaks at conferences, at major universities, and in corporate settings; has appeared on many syndicated TV and radio shows; and has been quoted in publications including The New York Times. She is also chair of the Ambassadors Council of the National Eating Disorders Association. An accomplished singer/songwriter, she lives in Austin, Texas.
Top customer reviews
As someone who struggled with an eating disorder for 15 years, I wish this book was around in the early onset of my disorder. I kept my illness and disordered patterns a secret because I always told myself, "It's not that bad." But the truth was, my eating disorder was ruling my mind and life. However, I did not fit into a perfect diagnostic code; I would later be diagnosed as EDNOS (Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified). If you are struggling or worried about a loved one, you must read this book. I am not a professional, I am a survivor and I promise you will relate to the words on every page and gain so much insight from this incredible book.
"Almost Anorexic" should be required reading. I will be recommending it to all of the Southern Smash community, as well as everyone I meet.
Thank you Jenny and Jenni for finally writing a book that is long overdue.
McCall M. Dempsey
The authors have impeccable credentials. Dr. Thomas is a professor and researcher who focuses on the shrinking the disparity between official eating disorder criteria and the human experience of eating dysfunction. Jenni Schaefer is best known as the author of Life without Ed, her memoir of eating disorder recovery. Their goal is to assist individuals in identifying and treating their eating dysfunction at an early stage, with the hopes of preventing problems from advancing in severity.
Almost Anorexic is organized into two parts. The five chapters of Part One describe the concept, symptoms, and rationale for the terminology of ‘almost anorexia’ to describe ‘sub-clinical’ eating disorder behaviors. The six chapters of Part Two provide strategies for recovery from ‘almost anorexia’, including treatment options and the path and goals of treatment. Self-help strategies are offered as well as guidelines for seeking professional treatment. Each of the eleven chapters includes relevant case studies, providing reinforcement of the concepts.
One of the highlights of Almost Anorexic is the excellent use of graphics. Concise figures and tables, all referenced in the table of contents, nicely summarize information found in the text and help the reader visualize complex concepts. A new professional, or a professional new to eating disorder work, could use these tools both for their own information and also to provide visual clarification to patients. ‘The Anorexic Web’ (p. 23), for example, identifies symptoms indicative of ‘almost anorexia’.
An experienced eating disorder professional may find a few new tools, but the majority of Almost Anorexic will be a review for anyone immersed in the field. As an entry-level text that introduces the topic of subclinical eating disorders in a conversational tone, Almost Anorexic is excellent. It will provide substantial insight into eating disorders to dietitians, counselors, and other professionals who do not specialize in eating disorders, and it will be especially helpful for patients.