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Eating disorders
Yancey, Diane.
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Publication Information:
Brookfield, Conn. : Twenty-First Century Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
144 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Describes eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and compulsive eating and discusses the causes, warning signs, diagnosis, and treatment.
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RC552.E18 Y36 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This book clearly outlines the various disorders, and explores the warning signs of their onset, as well as how they are diagnosed and treated. It also helps clarify who is at risk and suggests why this may be so. Eating disorders are a serious manifestation of the real pressures that young people feel every day. The good news is that with knowledge, awareness, and treatment appropriate to each young person, a healthy relationship with food, and a healthy way of life, can be reclaimed. Book jacket.

Author Notes

Diane Yancey writes about the strange, little-known facts of history for nonfiction young adult books. She has written The Hunt for Hidden Killers: Ten Cases of Medical Mystery and Camels for Uncle Sam, which received the Western Writers of America Spur Award for Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Gr. 6^-10. The case histories of seven teens struggling with anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating give this straightforward study personal punch. Explaining that "the danger of eating disorders begins when people and everyday activities take second place to dieting or when a teen feels that food is the only thing that makes her happy," Yancey points out the symptoms, underlying causes, and triggers of each condition. Both in-patient and out-patient recovery programs are described, and the roles of parents and friends are examined. Yancey also urges teens to seek professional help for themselves or others trapped in these behaviors. A useful glossary and suggestions for further readings help make this well-organized book an excellent resource for both class projects and troubled teens. --Candace Smith

Table of Contents

Introduction: Sidetracked Livesp. 9
Chapter 1 What Are Eating Disorders?p. 16
Chapter 2 Warning Signs and Symptomsp. 32
Chapter 3 Roots and Triggersp. 49
Chapter 4 Relatives and Relationshipsp. 66
Chapter 5 Getting Helpp. 82
Chapter 6 The Challenge of Recoveryp. 106
Chapter 7 Success Storiesp. 120
Glossaryp. 130
Resourcesp. 134
Further Readingp. 138
Indexp. 140