It has been estimated that as many as 15 million people suffer or will suffer from anorexia and bulimia at some point in their lives. Additional statistics suggest that 25 million more suffer from binge eating and other related behaviors. The overwhelming majority of individuals who suffer from eating disorders are girls and young women between the ages of 12 and 25, but young males are not immune to these addictions-and the statistics grow more alarming every year. Eating disorders affect not only those who suffer from them, but family members and friends who feel powerless to help. In Eating Disorders: The Ultimate Teen Guide, Jessica R. Greene offers hope for the young women and men who have engaged in these self-destructive urges. In this book, Greene examines the causes and varieties of teen eating disorders and offers advice on how to overcome them. The author looks at how eating disorders are defined, how common they are, and how they are tied into behavioral addictions. In addition to explaining how and why certain people suffer from these compulsions, this book looks at: *Social and Cultural Pressures *High Risk Groups *Myths and Stereotypes *Health Repercussions *Methods of Prevention *Intervention Strategies *Treatment Options *Recovery Intended to serve as a comprehensive guide, this book also includes a list of resources for teens and their parents. Drawing on input from experts in the field, as well as real-life stories, Eating Disorders: The Ultimate Teen Guide will help young adults who are struggling with this devastating affliction.
Acknowledgments Introduction: Before We Begin Chapter 1: Eating To Extremes: Mental Disorder Or Lifestyle Choice? Chapter 2: It Starts In Your Head: The Science Of Mood, Compulsion & Addiction Chapter 3: Keys That Turn The Lock: Complex And Combined Forces At Work Chapter 4: Let's Dish On The Past: The Origins Of Extreme Eating Chapter 5: Boys Get Hungry, Too: Culture Wars on Perfect Bodies Chapter 6: Appetite For Destruction: From Habit To Compulsion Chapter 7:Truth And Consequences: The Ultimate Cost Of Food Obsession Chapter 8: Who Can You Call: Practical Advice That May Help Chapter 9: It Gets Better From Here: Intervention & Treatment Chapter 10:Finding Balance: The Healthy Weigh to Recovery Epilogue: What Does Recovery Look Like? Glossary Chapter Notes Credit Lines About the Author