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Acknowledgements. Foreword. Introduction. Part 1. Setting the Scene. Part 2. Early Signs and Symptoms. Part 3. Treatment. Part 4. Recovery. Part 5. From Recovery to Recovered. Part 6. Carers, Families and Friends. Part 7. Ditch the Myths. Appendix. Afterword. Index.

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Improving communication with someone with an eating disorder by revealing the mind set and decoding language choices

About the Author

June Alexander is an Australian writer and former journalist, columnist and newspaper editor. At the age of 11, she developed anorexia nervosa, followed by bulimia, and recovered four decades later. June is now a prominent eating disorder awareness writer and campaigner. ED says U said is her fourth book on eating disorders. June lives in Victoria, Australia. For more information about her work, please visit www.junealexander.com. Catherine Sangster is a health and physical education teacher. She has a background in neuroanatomy, publishing and freelance writing and her work has previously been published in international scientific journals. She is recovering from a 20-year battle with an eating disorder and currently writes two blogs. See keepcatebusy.blogspot.com and recoverypjstyle.blogspot.com. Cate lives in Victoria, Australia.


The book offers a greater perspective of how well-intended comment might be misinterpreted by those suffering with and ED and also by friends, family members and healthcare professionals. The authors, Alexander and Sangster, present discussions in the style of social media conversations to highlight the difficulties in a clear, direct way. Food relationships, behaviour and sense of self are discussed in each chapter in relation to early signs, symptoms, treatment and the recovery journey to recovered... Through the words of the sufferers, survivors and carers the authors break down and talk through man of the barriers of communication that can hinder the road to recovery. This book would be useful and beneficial tool for all who are involved with someone who might have and ED, particularly family and friends.
*Youth in Mind*

Both writers and women who have struggled with eating disorders (ED), Alexander and Sangster draw from their combined years of personal experience and the stories of contributors to describe the internal dialog of negative, destructive thoughts that ED sufferers commonly experience. They provide examples of both clinical and conversational exchanges, written in the vernacular of social media, to shed light on the communication pitfalls encountered by well-meaning friends and family who don't realize their words can be misinterpreted or even provocative to sufferers who speak a different language. Although this easy-to-read book does an excellent job as a comprehensive resource and offers clear-cut explanations for a complex mental illness, its focus is less on the cultural aaspects of the disorder than, for example, Mary Pipher's Reviving Ophelia. Rather, it focuses on understanding the eating disorder "voice," thus improving communication and breaking down barriers to recover. Verdict: Included tips from survivors of the disorder are especially insightful and helpful. Families and friends affected by eating disorders should benefit from this book.
*Library Journal*

Communication becomes a core problem for people with eating disorders who often cry: 'You do not listen.' This book bridges this gulf.
*Professor Janet Treasure, King's College, London*

Eating disorders are very effective at getting the most rational individual to think in the most irrational of ways. This is confusing to the sufferer and those who attempt to care for the patient, be they parents or professionals. This book will help us all understand these perplexing disorders just a little better.
*Professor Daniel Le Grange, University of Chicago*

This innovative and inspirational book is your ticket on a wild ride into the secret world of eating disorders. June and Cate shine a light into the terrible depths but ultimately offer promise to both sufferers and professionals alike - highly recommended.
*Dr Paul Rhodes, Clinical Psychology Unit, University of Sydney*

One of the most difficult aspects of an eating disorder is the way the illness distorts anything and everything that's said to the sufferer. This book will help expose those distortions in a simple but highly effective way. An important read for both clinicians and families.
*Harriet Brown, author of Brave Girl Eating: A Family's Struggle with Anorexia*

Focused on providing practical, helpful guidance to use RIGHT NOW, June and Cate delve into what appears to be a vast, even endless, reserve of deeply personal energy, strength, insight, and wisdom to deliver a timely recovery tool that can benefit each party in the treatment process equally - sufferers, survivors, carers, professionals, and whole communities.
*Shannon Cutts, founder, MentorCONNECT and author of Beating Ana: How to Outsmart Your Eating Disorder and Take Your Life Back*

Alexander and Sangster have honored the true voice of loved ones and friends with eating disorders by translating their spoken words and nonverbal messages. They've done so with respect and great insight.
*from the foreword by Laura Collins, executive director, F.E.A.S.T*

Every time someone speaks up, speaks out and shines a light on an eating disorder - the deadly grip of this most challenging illness is weakened. Alexander and Sangster have beamed that light with their compilation of many views, so much hard won insight.
*from the afterword by Susan Ringwood, chief executive, Beat*

A unique resource of information on EDs, this book will be essential reading for everyone who has been affected by eating disorders: sufferers, carers, family and friends, together with health care professionals treating people with eating disorders.
*In Our Hands blog*

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