- Taschenbuch: 352 Seiten
- Verlag: Bloomsbury Publishing USA (6. Juni 2013)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 080271269X
- ISBN-13: 978-0802712691
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Midlife Eating Disorders: Your Journey to Recovery (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 6. Juni 2013
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Bulik offers hope that freedom from the unrealistic ideals of beauty can be achieved through disciplined self-scrutiny and a will to change damaging ways of thinking and being. Kirkus Reviews (for Crave) A pain-for-gain challenge to self-awareness that may be the only hope we have to change a troubling trend. Publishers Weekly (for Crave) Bulik has a life-changing message for women and delivers it well. Library Journal (for Crave)
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Cynthia M. Bulik, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and director of the UNC Eating Disorders Program. She has been featured or quoted in "Vogue," "Newsweek," the "New York Times," and the "Wall Street Journal." She is author of "The Woman in the Mirror: How to Stop Confusing What You Look Like With Who You Are" and "Crave: Why You Binge Eat and How to Stop." Bulik lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
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With its focus on midlife eating disorders, this book stands out among the others on the shelf that tend to be focused more on teenagers and young adults. (This is not your teenage daughter's eating disorder recovery book!) After painting the unique picture of the face of the eating disorders of anorexia, bulimia, purging disorder, and binge eating disorder (BED) in midlife, Cynthia looks at the challenges specific to this age group. She even devotes much-needed attention to the presentation and treatment of eating disorders in men. The final section of the book provides valuable guidance for staying on the path of midlife eating disorder recovery.
The delicious servings of information, wisdom, and encouragement throughout this book certainly meet the nutritional requirements for learning about the causes, context, and treatment of midlife eating disorders. Each chapter is a satisfying meal in and of itself. At the end of the book, Cynthia serves up a delicious dessert in the form of the essential ingredients for recovery that she has gleamed during her thirty years of treating eating disorders...They're too good not to share some bites here, but you'll have to get your hands on the book to savor them in their entirety (pp. 286-289):
* Be patient and compassionate with yourself.
Treatment will not succeed if you are impatient. Eating disorders develop over time, and they go away over time. There is no perfect recovery.
Whether you have anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, purging disorder, BED, or some variation on the theme, eating is your friend and critical to recovery...Not eating gets people with every conceivable eating disorder in trouble.
* Expect bumps along the road.
Recovery is not linear. If you expect it to be linear, you will be disappointed... Obstacles surely get thrown your way, but you get better at learning how to deal with them--because you learn from every obstacle and can respond in a more effective way the next time you encounter it.
* Find something about yourself you can love.
Patients who have done well have been able to lift their self-loathing sheath, if only a little, to recognize and come to love some aspect about themselves that they can view as positive. This is often the first foothold into developing the self-permission for recovery.
* Be persistent.
Don't give up. If a round of treatment fails, do not become defeatist. Try something else, or try another round of the same thing. Eventually, after enough turning and tapping, the lid is going to come off the jar, and you'll be free to progress in recovery.
* Practice radical honesty.
Radical honesty can feel like jumping off the high dive blindfolded, but giving up all of the eating disorder secrets is an essential piece of recovery.
* Rely on your support team.
Recovery is difficult in a vacuum. Define your support team, whether it includes your therapist, physician, partner, parents, friends, or siblings...Eating disorders prey on loneliness.
* Pat yourself on the back, and accept it when others pat you on the back.
Don't let treatment success fly by without acknowledgement. Recovery is hard work, and if you don't allow yourself to feel a sense of accomplishment when you make progress, it will not be a reinforcing experience.
* Don't sit back and expect recovery to come knocking.
No one ever said that recovery was easy. Recovery is not for the meek. You need to go out and seek recovery and put muscle into achieving it.
* Don't hold on to a nugget.
This is related to practicing radical honesty, but it refers to holding on to one last vestige of the eating disorder--not wanting to add that last "feared food" to your diet, allowing yourself one purge per week, skipping breakfast on Sunday...You have to let it all go and find healthier alternatives that allow you achieve the same endpoint--be it security, control, calm or whatever that nugget provides you with--in order to close the door on the eating disorder and move on to the next phase of your life.
Cynthia's groundbreaking book provides both a light and a lifeline for helping individuals and their loved ones navigate the path of midlife eating disorders.
Cynthia Bulik – successfully explains why so many people of all ages are facing the challenge of disordered eating within the “modern world” context. This is a perspective that needs to be clearly understood if one is to be successful at navigating lifestyle and food choices and managing one’s health in today’s world complicated by the “Nutrition Transition” and “Big Business”.
The discussion in this book around genes and environmental influences is also most insightful. The concept of “dieting” as one of the likely triggers of faulty thinking and biological changes that can translate into disordered eating is noteworthy, a cruel irony in fact, as the current position of many well meaning providers is to advocate a “diet” for successful weight and/or health management. This book also discusses how “life’s lemons” such as financial stress, infidelity, and other significant life stressors can cause an eating disorder to come back – which can help individuals who suffer from an eating disorder to make sense of disordered eating patterns that resurface after years. The effect of eating disorders on relationships and parenting is also examined and will be an eye-opener for many people who suffer from an eating disorder and a significant motivator to seek assistance and recovery.
Part 3 of the book is dedicated to “the journey to recovery”. The reader will find this section very valuable, most insightful, informative, supportive and motivating. As a dietitian the – a key phrase stood out for me in this section. Cythia Bulik says:”Eat. I am not being facetious. Whether you have anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, purging disorder, binge eating disorder, or some variation in the theme, eating is your friend and critical key to recovery – especially if you do it regularly and in appropriate moderation. Not eating gets people with every conceivable eating disorder in trouble”. What valuable advice! This is in fact the opposite of what people who battle with weight and eating disorders have trained themselves to do their whole life –this will be an epiphany for many!
Overall, I was very impressed with the content of this book. I believe it is a very valuable resource for health care providers and for people suffering from eating disorders. For providers the content of this book will add significantly to one’s knowledge and understanding of eating disorders, and will undoubtedly translate into improved clinical insights and outcomes. In our current world of disordered eating this book is a must read!
Anne Till, MNutr, RDN, LDN