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    Nancy Matsumoto is a freelance journalist who has written human interest, news, entertainment and medical articles, including numerous stories on health, eating disorders and body image. Dr. Herrin is founder of the Dartmouth College Eating Disorders Prevention, Education and Treatment Program, one of the most respected programs of its kind in the nation... Read More

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    Authors: Marcia Herrin & Nancy Matsumoto
    324 pages (paperback)
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May 05, 2008

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vickyann

I feel huge at the moment yet in reality I know I'm not; I don't complain about it because everyone tells me how small I am. I want to believe them with my heart, it will be interesting to read the book.

Vx

Nancy

Dear Vx,

Wow, you are really ahead of the game in just realizing that there is the way you feel (huge), and the objective reality of what you really look like (not huge).

According to Johanna Marie McShane and Tony Paulson, this distorted perception of your own body is more about some kind of psychological pain that you have (and maybe don't really realize or understand) than about your size.

I hope you do read their book, and try to reading as much as you can about eating disorders and body image, because the more you know, the better armed you will be to fight this feeling, to get to the bottom of what's causing it, and to resolve it. Imagine living a life where you see your body accurately and are happy with it!

Good caregivers -- doctors, therapists, nutritionists -- can of course be very helpful in helping you get to this point. If you find that you are starting to starve yourself, or your health is in danger, these caregivers are crucial.

Good luck and keep us posted,
Nancy

vickyann

I will read the book, I'm currently on a waiting list for ed treatment and I want to fight this false image I see.

Nancy

Dear Vx,

Please do read it and let us know what you think of the book. Your comments and experience could be very helpful to others.

Good luck with the eating disorders treatment -- it's the best thing you can do for yourself now.

Nancy

Brittni

I was in treatment for 5yrs. while going to college but when I graduated I had to move home leaving behind my treatment team. I would come home to a place I couldn't wait to leave 5yrs prior. My parents believe my ED is an attention-seeking behavior. My parents call me fat all the time. I'm 5foot and 95lbs. My treatment team figures I've been suffering from ED since I was around age 9. I'm 23. ED has really bad through jr. high and in senior high--then worse in college but now--I don't care what ED does. I want to disappear. I want to be less than 70lbs. I eat barely 600 calories and I about 75% come back up. Life just hurts too damn much. I have no support, my family doesn't care and I feel as if I'm going no where. I can't afford treatment nor does my parents believe I need treatment for something I'm making up to get attention. What I'm suppose to do?

Brittni

Marcia Herrin

Brittni, Please don't give up!

I suggest you consider exploring self-help options such as Jenni Schaefer's blog on this site http://www.eatingdisordersblogs.com/recovery/. Jenni's book Life Without Ed about her eating disorder recovery is really helpful.

Gürze Books http://www.gurze.com/ has a complete list of self-help books.

Explore online support. The best way to get started there is to go the somethingfishy website. This organization screens online resources and recommends the most helpful. http://www.something-fishy.org/online/options.php

Check out your town's community mental health resources. I know of many people who found the treatment they needed to get better there.

Hang in there, you are worth it.

Marcia
The Parent's Guide to Eating Disorders (Gürze Books, 2007)

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