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How to Overcome Eating Disorders: Breaking Free for a Better Life

Here's an extract from How to Overcome Eating Disorders: Breaking Free for a Better Life by Louise V Taylor.

Eating disorders are a growing problem in the western world, where there's a culture of individualism and considerable emphasis on the importance of appearance. In developing countries, where food shortages and famine are more common, eating disorders are very rare. So is it our culture that's to blame? Where people starve in a land of plenty?

That's certainly part of the story, but eating disorders actually go much deeper than concerns about body image. They're a sign of inner turmoil, emotional struggles, and it's often said that by controlling their bodies, sufferers feel more in control of their lives. The illness may be an expression of repressed inner pain that has been bottling up for years.

So why is the problem growing and what can we do about it? This book sets out to explore different theories, scientific studies and real life experiences relating to eating disorders. The aim is to offer information, comfort and support to those affected by eating disorders and to assist sufferers on the road to recovery.

While eating disorders have been around for decades, in recent years they have become increasingly common, seeing a 15 per cent rise between the years 2000 and 2009. They affect people of all ages, and from all backgrounds.

A survey published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders in 2012, found symptoms of eating disorders in 13 per cent of women over the age of 50. So although the disorders are more common among young people, they're certainly not the only group affected. Indeed, young children are increasingly developing eating disorders as they feel the pressure to meet a Western ideal of beauty. There's also been a surge in the number of men succumbing to eating disorders. The shame of the disease keeps it hidden from society and can make getting accurate data difficult. It's a secretive illness and often, sufferers are afraid of being judged, so they're reluctant to reveal the truth about their condition.

In 2015, the eating disorder charity, Beat, commissioned research by Pricewaterhouse Cooper, which concluded that 725,000 people in the UK are affected by eating disorders. In 2007, NHS researchers stated that up to 6.4 per cent of adults showed signs of having an eating disorder, and that up to 25 per cent of these people were male. Eating disorder related hospital admissions rose 8 per cent in 2014 compared to the previous year. It's clearly a big problem.

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How to Overcome Eating Disorders: Breaking Free for a Better Life by Louise V Taylor

If you want to gain a better understanding of eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder, this book is for you. It looks at theories about the causes of eating disorders, including susceptibility studies, personality traits, genetics, the effects of personal circumstances, societal/media pressures, family influences and more.

The health risks are covered and the damage caused by eating disorders is made clear. This information, especially, will help some sufferers find the strength and determination to fight their disease and break free.

The book explains the logic of eating disordered individuals, with some using food or weight control as a coping mechanism to block out painful emotions. It will enable the reader to better understand why some people with eating disorders behave as they do.

It looks at the latest research, and new and emerging treatments are discussed, as well as established treatments and their success rates. In addition to conventional treatments medical, psychological and therapeutic the book considers complimentary therapies that may support an individual's recovery.

It also includes nutritional information, to help those who are frightened of food, because they feel out of control around it, or are afraid of being overweight. There is a chapter on adjusting to change, recovery strategies and a look at why pro-ana communities are unhelpful, suggesting healthier social groups and past-times.

The book contains extensive case studies of people who have battled with anorexia and bulimia, looking at some of the things that may have played a role in their disease, such as abuse, bullying, loneliness, low self-esteem, unhappiness and pressures to conform.

Available from Pen & Sword Books.

Louise V Taylor can be found on: websitetwitter

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