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Give Food a Chance Paperback – January 1, 2010
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--This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.
There are books one recommends to strangers, and those one presses on friends. I will be showing 'Give Food a Chance' to my friends and enemies alike, and I look forward to the discussion it will initiate. O'Toole presents a conflict for all of us: We can either remain stuck in old and ineffective ideas or have the courage to reject them. (Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh, Executive Director, F.E.A.S.T. (Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders), FEAST-ED.org)
O'Toole's gentle non-judgmental style and wealth of experience makes this a valuable read for parents and professionals alike. (Youth in Mind) --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.
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Dr. O'Toole is the director of Kartini Clinic in Portland, Oregon and is a wealth of knowledge about causation, anorexia sub-types, medication, best practices of treating anorexia and so much more.
Dr. O'Toole describes in the book how patients and parents are treated at/by Kartini Clinic and staff.
I myself suffered from anorexia as a teen and young adult and now my 23 year old daughter is in recovery (or as Dr. Julie might say ... 'remission') from anorexia.
She is frank in saying that many patients will recover and then relapse at different times in life.
But she gives parents empowerment to know how to recognize a relapse coming on and how to handle it.
What I especially like the book is the explanation of Kartini Clinic's unique and somewhat controversial Meal Plan and approach to 'capping' weight gain.
The Meal Plan starts at base of 2,150 calories, adding calories as needed for required weight gain.
It's a mediterrean style method of eating - no fast foods, 'hyper-palatable' fatty foods or sweets/desserts including.
Dr. O'Toole tells patients that it is not her intention to get them fat - only to restore them to health and give them a Meal Plan that is safe for them to maintain their health.
This makes total sense to me.
When I was myself starting eating again after restricting for years, I went straight for 'hyper-palatable' food which caused my restrictive anorexia to morph to BINGE EATING. I gained a ton of weight and was miserable. Fortunately, gaining coping skills and a happy life helped my weight normalize and my anorexia faded in time.
With my daughter, I saw how she, too, could go to binges if she was allowed to select fatty or sugary foods. Now that I shop for my daughter's food and help make and monitor meals as she recovers, she feels safe with the foods and has maintain weight restoration for more than 3 months.
I saw the light bulb go on with her when I told her that it was not my intention to make her fat.
She trusts that I will not do that at all.
Another thing that Dr. O'Toole talks about is the importance of the family meal. Kartini Clinic will not work with a patient whose family refuses to be a part of the process and have family meals.
Also importantly, she does not blame parents for their child developing anorexia or other eating disorders.
This book is comprehensive and one that I so wish that I had when my daughter first fell ill with anorexia. I love how at the end of each section, Dr. O'Toole recaps with her 'Clinical Pearls' which highlight the KEY 'take aways'.
I have bought a ton of books on anorexia and eating disorders, in general.
This is a brilliant read and a must-have book for parents of a child or young adult who suffer from any sub-type of anorexia!
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Both in Honolulu, Hawaii and Portland, Oregon she knows her stuff.
Author: Dr. Julie O'Toole
This book is perfect for parents who are struggling with a child...Read more