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The Body Betrayed: A Deeper Understanding of Women, Eating Disorders, and Treatment Paperback – 1995
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Female eating disorders are as complicated and multifaceted as females themselves. Fortunately, Kathryn J. Zerbe, a pioneer in the field of eating disorders, does not try to present one cause or one cure. The Body Betrayed delves into the full spectrum of factors contributing to eating disorders, such as family dynamics, cultural messages, nutrition, sexual abuse, and links with chemical dependency. Zerbe's discussion of treatment is equally even-handed: she addresses the successes of psychotherapy as well as the use of antidepressants. The compassionate wisdom infused throughout offers solace as well as the facts. As an all-inclusive primer, The Body Betrayed is an important resource for eating-disorder patients and their families.
". . . definitely should be read by all family members and significant others of those with eating disorders." -- Leah J. Dickstein, M.D. President, American Medical Womens Association, 1993
"A comprehensive review of the current knowledge regarding eating disorders lucid and readable an important resource for patients and their families." -- Michael J. Burke, M.D., Ph.D. Kansas Psychiatric Society
"An authoritative and comprehensive book on the epidemic problem of women, eating disorders and their treatment." -- Maggie Scarf author of Intimate Partners: Patterns in Love and Marriage
"What a rich, intelligent, and erudite book! " -- Joel Yager, M.D. Eating Disorders Specialist UCLA School of Medicine
"Zerbes brilliance and compassion shine throughout, and I recommend it with zeal!" -- Anne Alonso, Ph.D. Psychiatric Times
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Especially helpful are the sections on eating disorders accompanied by other psychiatric problems, and the sections on the relationships between the mother/daughter and the father/daughter in connection to developing eating disorders.
The writing is on a fairly high and intelligent level, but Zerbe never becomes caught up in psycho mumbo-jumbo that is beyond the scope of a lay person.