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When Your Teen Has an Eating Disorder
Practical Strategies to Help Your Teen Recover from Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating
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If your teen has an eating disorder—such as anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating—you may feel helpless, worried, or uncertain about how you can best support them. That’s why you need real, proven-effective strategies you can use right away. Whether used in conjunction with treatment or on its own, this book offers an evidence-based approach you can use now to help your teen make healthy choices and stay well in body and mind.

When Your Teen Has an Eating Disorder will empower you to help your teen using a unique, family-based treatment (FBT) approach. With this guide, you’ll learn to respectfully and lovingly oversee your teen’s nutritional rehabilitation, which includes helping to normalize eating behaviors, managing meals, expanding food flexibility, teaching independent and intuitive eating habits, and using coping strategies and recovery skills to prevent relapse.

In addition to helping parents and caregivers, this book is a wonderful resource for mental health professionals, teachers, counselors, and coaches who work with parents of and teens with eating disorders. It clearly outlines the principles of FBT and the process of involving parents collaboratively in treatment.

As a parent, feeding your child is a fundamental act of love—it has been from the start! However, when a child is affected by an eating disorder, parents often lose confidence in performing this basic task. This compassionate guide will help you gain the confidence needed to nurture your teen and help them heal.

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  • When Your Teen Has an Eating Disorder is an outstanding resource for parents who are confronted with the various challenges that come their way when their child has an eating disorder. This book provides parents with a ringing endorsement that they are the ones who should take center stage in their child’s treatment, and that it is the parents who ultimately will be instrumental in bringing about recovery for their child. Muhlheim’s depth of experience working with such families shines through in this practical guide of how to make sense of the everyday challenges that a diagnosis of an eating disorder brings to such families. Most important, this book provides parents with a steady dose of practical strategies to employ while engaged in family-based treatment (FBT), and thereby adds a critical resource in this struggle to overcome their child’s illness.”
    —Daniel Le Grange, PhD, codeveloper of FBT; Benioff UCSF professor in children’s health and eating disorders; director in the department of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco; and coauthor of Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder and Treatment Manual for Anorexia Nervosa

  • “This book fills a necessary gap in helping parents to feel effective and engaged in tackling their child’s eating disorder. The calm, compassionate voice of Lauren Muhlheim describing the challenges and engagement associated with family-based re-nourishment provides a necessary succor for families engaging in FBT. Her commonsense, easy-to-read, and insightful book is like having a seasoned FBT therapist on speed dial. Muhlheim’s work with families, as well as her keen interest in and development of FBT practice for therapists, coalesce into this great book.”
    —Kathleen Kara Fitzpatrick, PhD, psychologist and director of the Outpatient Eating Disorder Clinic in the department of child and adolescent psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University and Stanford Children’s Hospital

  • “Eating disorders are serious diseases that can have a major impact on the physical and mental health of those affected. They can easily go unrecognized and untreated. In her book, eating disorders expert Lauren Muhlheim helps readers become fully aware of practical strategies and helpful tips to apply FBT—the only evidence-based treatment for adolescents with eating disorders. As Lauren states, a parent’s involvement and understanding is crucial for better outcomes. This is a book that is worth reading, and I am sure many parents and families will benefit greatly. I loved it and I give my most enthusiastic applause for this addition to the eating disorders literature!”
    —Eva Maria Trujillo Chi Vacuán, MD, past president at the Academy for Eating Disorders; medical director and founder of Comenzar de Nuevo, A.C., International Treatment Center for Eating Disorders; clinical professor at Tecnológico de Monterrey School of Medicine

  • “In this groundbreaking book, Lauren Muhlheim provides a wise, inspiring, and compassionate guide through the complicated journey of an eating disorder. When Your Teen Has an Eating Disorder is a must-read for anyone who cares for a young person suffering with disordered eating and negative body image. Above all, this book provides true hope that healing does indeed happen!”
    Jenni Schaefer, author of Life Without Ed; Almost Anorexic; and Goodbye Ed, Hello Me

  • “This outstanding book concisely and methodically takes you through the steps needed to treat your teen’s eating disorder. Everything parents absolutely must know is in here. Lauren Muhlheim is an experienced clinician who really understands the practicalities of what happens at home.”
    —Eva Musby, parent and author of Anorexia and Other Eating Disorders

  • When Your Teen Has an Eating Disorder is an absolute must-read for parents who would like to support their child’s recovery at home. This validating and accessible self-help guide walks parents through the most evidence-based treatment approach for child and adolescent eating disorders—FBT. The detailed case examples, step-by-step action plans, and helpful worksheets bring FBT to life and demonstrate exactly how parents can implement its useful and timely strategies calmly and confidently at the very next meal.”
    —Jennifer J. Thomas, PhD, codirector of the Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program, Massachusetts General Hospital; associate professor of psychology in the department of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; and author of Almost Anorexic

  • “Lauren Muhlheim’s book walks readers through the terrifying terrain of helping a teen recover from an eating disorder. She offers evidence-based information and practical advice in a reassuring, matter-of-fact tone, which is exactly what parents need when they’re in the thick of a child’s illness.”
    —Harriet Brown, author of Shadow Daughter, Body of Truth, and Brave Girl Eating; professor of magazine journalism, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

  • “This is the best workbook for parents that I have reviewed. Muhlheim does an outstanding job of emphasizing the importance of parents in the recovery process and offers evidence-based, practical advice on how to accomplish recovery. This is the book that I will recommend to families as an introduction to the illnesses and what the challenges of recovery will be. ... Excellent contribution to the field.”
    —Craig Johnson, PhD, CEDS, FAED, chief science officer and codirector of the Family Institute, Eating Recovery Center; clinical professor of psychiatry, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine

  • When Your Teen Has an Eating Disorder empowers readers with practical information and evidence-based tools for navigating these illnesses as a family. It’s a hopeful, helpful guide written with the understanding that parents truly are on the front lines of eating disorder recovery.”
    —Claire Mysko, chief executive officer, National Eating Disorders Association

  • “Any parent with a loved one suffering from an eating disorder, as well as clinicians treating them, will benefit from this treasure. As a clinical psychologist devoting my career to including families as part of the treatment team, I strongly recommend this book to help you navigate best practices to restore your loved one to health.”
    Roxanne E. Rockwell, PhD, director, adolescent eating disorders services, Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research, USA; assistant clinical professor, UC San Diego department of psychiatry, School of Medicine


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