Reviews for Eating Disorders Information for Teens : Health Tips About Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating, and Body Image Disorders: Including Information About Risk Factors, Prevention, Diagnosis, Treatment, Health Consequences, and Other Related Issues

A compilation of information for teenagers and parents who want to understand healthy eating and the unhealthy eating habits that constitute eating disorders (ED), this book describes how to recognize and prevent these problems as well as available treatment options. The purpose of the Teen Health Series in general is to address a topic important to young people in middle and high school. This book seeks to provide preventive guidance, information about disease warning signs, statistics, and risk factors associated with ED. and how to help oneself and others dealing with this problem. With the high prevalence of eating disorders and the relevance this problem has, especially for adolescents and young adults, this is a worthy objective. Although written primarily for teenagers, this book also could be a good tool for parents and professionals, especially teachers and counselors working with children in middle and high school. The book starts with epidemiological and statistical information that puts the problem of eating disorders and related symptoms in perspective, noting the impact that genetics, culture, and the media play in the development of ED. It continues with definitions and relevant data about the different eating disorders, body dysmorphic disorder, and other forms of pathological relationships with food. The next section describes the medical consequences of ED (infertility and related conditions, osteoporosis, obesity, oral/dental problems) and co-occurring disorders such as anxiety, depression, self injury, personality disorders, stress and medical conditions like diabetes mellitus. Several subsequent chapters help readers identify concerning symptoms and behaviors and to be aware of some diagnostic/screening tools as well as available treatment options. Healthy practices and expectations regarding body weight and image are discussed, and the section concludes with techniques for relapse prevention. The book provides a nice and inclusive list of references and resources which could be very helpful for readers looking for more information and guidance. On the downside, since it is a compilation of data from different resources, it can become repetitive at times. This book constitutes a very informative tool for teens and parents looking to learn more about ED, with practical tips to improve eating habits and achieve a healthy life style. The editor compiles data from organizations that in one way or another are working on this issue and constitute reliable sources of information. Most of the data presented is available online, but this book offers it in a thorough and organized way. 81/100. Rosario M. Cosme, MD(Rush University Medical Center) Copyright 2010 Doody Reviews.