Eating disorders are potentially life-threatening psychiatric illnesses commonly accompanied by serious medical problems. They typically appear during adolescence or early adulthood, a time when young people are heading to college or interviewing for a first job. Many people recover fully from
eating disorders, but others become chronically ill, and symptoms can continue into middle age and beyond.
Written by leading authorities in eating disorders research and treatment, Eating Disorders: What Everyone Needs to KnowRG answers common questions about eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder, as well as a newly described condition,
avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID). Practical yet authoritative, the book defines the eating disorders, explains what we know about them based on the latest science, and describes how treatment works. Importantly, the book dispels common myths about eating disorders, such as the
notion that they occur only amongst the affluent, that they affect only girls and women, or that they simply result from environmental factors such as the fashion industry and society's obsession with thinness. In reality, as the book explains, there is substantial evidence that eating disorders are
brain-based illnesses that do not discriminate, and that they have been around for a very long time. Eating Disorders: What Everyone Needs to KnowRG is essential reading for those seeking authoritative and current information about these often misunderstood illnesses.
"Collectively, Walsh, Attia and Glasofer have been at the cutting edge of eating disorders treatment and research for several decades now. These authors are extraordinarily well placed to provide a wide ranging and informative text on everything someone with an eating disorder, or someone who cares for a loved one with an eating disorder ought to know. Ultimately, this text serves as the perfect psychoeducational volume to empower sufferers and their carers to take the necessary step(s) in the recovery process." --Daniel Le Grange, PhD, Benioff UCSF Professor in Children's Health, Department of Psychiatry, UCSF, CA, and Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
"Written by a team of top clinician-researchers, this outstanding practical guide covers what eating disorders are and are not and what we know and don't know about them. It delivers a clear and concise road map to the most effective evidence-based treatments and to finding help for you or your loved one." --Angela S. Guarda, MD, Stephen and Jean Robinson Associate Professor of Eating Disorders, Department of Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
About the Author
B. Timothy Walsh, MD, is Ruane Professor of Psychiatry at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center, and founded Columbia's eating disorders research program over 40 years ago. Over the course of his career, he has published more than two hundred papers and received numerous grant awards from the National Institutes of Health. He has served as President of both of the major international eating disorders associations, and chaired the Eating Disorders Work Group for both DSM-IV and DSM-5. He has received awards from the American Psychiatric Association, the Academy for Eating Disorders, the National Eating Disorders Association, and the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies.
Evelyn Attia, MD, is a Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and Director of the Columbia Center for Eating Disorders at the NYS Psychiatric Institute and New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. She has dedicated her professional career to the study and treatment of individuals with eating disorders. Additionally, she is an active advocate for individuals with eating disorders and their families, speaking and educating about these challenging conditions to both academic and general public audiences. She serves on the board of the National Eating Disorders Association and, together with Drs. Glasofer and Walsh, she served as an editor for the Handbook of Assessment and Treatment of Eating Disorders.
Deborah R. Glasofer, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center, and clinical psychologist at the Columbia Center for Eating Disorders at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. She is involved in research on eating and weight disorders in adults and adolescents, and provides instruction and supervision for psychiatry residents, post-doctoral fellows, and other trainees in cognitive behavioral therapy for mood, anxiety, and eating disorders. She served as an editor for the Handbook of Assessment and Treatment of Eating Disorders, has written for Scientific American Mind, Psychology Today, The Huffington Post, Verywell, and The Feed.