"Anorexia, bulimia signal a troubled body and soul" cried a headline in USA TODAY, the Nation's No. 1 Newspaper. These serious eating disorders plague people of all ages, but mostly adolescent girls. Untreated, anorexia and bulimia can be life-threatening. Even when the diseases are diagnosed and treated, the road to recovery is difficult and sometimes lasts a lifetime.
In the United States, as many as eleven million people suffer from eating disorders. In this book, you'll investigate the complex causes and devastating effects of anorexia and bulimia. Case studies let you follow the progression of these disorders in individuals from their first purging episode, through the pain of hiding the affliction from loved ones, to the eventual realization that they are suffering from a disorder and need help. You'll also find detailed information on treatment options and support organizations. This book helps you better understand the severity of these disorders and gives you the tools necessary to help yourself or loved ones who need your support.
|Publisher:||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Series:||USA TODAY Health Reports: Diseases and Disorders Series|
|Product dimensions:||6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Carol Sonenklar has written many nonfiction books for young readers.
Table of Contents
Introduction Meet Ana and Mia 4
Chapter 1 Eating Behaviors Through History 14
Chapter 2 Defining Anorexia and Bulimia 24
Chapter 3 Causes of Anorexia and Bulimia 42
Chapter 4 Who Gets Anorexia and Bulimia? 60
Chapter 5 How Anorexia and Bulimia Affect the Body 82
Chapter 6 Treatment 96
Chapter 7 Recovery 110
Selected Bibliography 121
Further Reading and Websites 123
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Anorexia and bulimia are serious disorders that affect people of all ages, but both are primarily known to affect adolescent girls. Anorexia is a disorder in which people actually deprive themselves of food, effectively sending their bodies into a starvation mode. This disorder can be so insidious that serious damage to one's body can be done even before others suspect or discover that someone has the disorder. People with bulimia repeatedly eat large quantities of food and "then try to get rid of the food by forcing themselves to vomit." Sufferers often use several other methods of purging including laxatives and diuretics. People who fall victim to these serious disorders need a considerable amount of help in order to recover. Many people would be shocked to actually find out that boys and men can also fall victim to these disorders too. In 2006, Harvard conducted a study and "found that 25 percent of all anorexics and 40 percent of bulimics were boys or men." This book gives an overview of eating behaviors throughout history. Intentional starvation has been practiced for many reasons, particularly to "bring attention to particular causes." One notable practitioner was Mohandas Gandhi. In the latter part of the 1800s, "Anorexia Nervosa" was recognized and reported by Dr. William Gull. The specific target group was "females between the ages of sixteen and twenty-three." This target group has been, with research, extended to young men as well. It's also been proven that biological factors definitely play a role in the cause of both anorexia and bulimia. Both disorders have been around for centuries, but many people were totally unaware of their existence until several notable people began to perish. One of the first, the shocking death of Karen Carpenter, made people much more aware of the problem. There are several groups discussed in this book that are particularly prone to falling prey to either anorexia or bulimia. Recognition and diagnosis is more difficult in boys than in girls because "parents of boys with eating disorders are much less likely to recognize the problem and often deny it." One other very interesting factor is that "eating disorders in boys usually begin for different reasons from those seen in girls." The physical effects of both disorders are quite startling and can have dire consequences to the sufferer including death. In this book you'll learn about triggers for the disorders, the warning signs, other psychiatric disorders that may be present, you'll read about case studies and the demographics of the disorder. This is a fascinating, up-to-date look at two serious disorders, anorexia and bulimia. This is a very well written and researched book that was quite shocking once I realized how widespread the disorders are. We are able to follow the stories of three young people, two girls and a boy, throughout the book as they lead their secret lives trying to hide from everyone. They are nicely woven into the text and we can clearly see how the disorders not only affect their bodies, but also their minds. There are statistical snapshots relevant to the discussion at hand in the forms of charts and graphs. Numerous USA TODAY articles are interspersed throughout the book.Quill says: This is an excellent resource for parents, caretakers, teachers, and others interested in the devastating problems of two very serious disorders, anorexia and bulimia.