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Boys Get Anorexia Too


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PART ONE: ABOUT ANOREXIA IN BOYS What Is Anorexia and What Are the Effects? Boys Don't Get Anorexia, Do They? Triggers for Boy Anorexia What to Look Out For Living with an Anorexic Boy Effects on the Family Self-Help Treatment Options Therapy, Therapy, Therapy Healthy Eating Caring for the Carer Returning to Normal Life Do Boys Get Other Eating Disorders? Suggested Reading List List of Useful Organisations PART TWO: JOE'S STORY Setting the Scene - Happy Chaos Decline and Fall The Diagnosis - Watch Out for Rex The Treatment - Heaven or Hell? Recovering too Quickly? - Watch Out for Rex Coming Home - Will Rex Come too? Moving on - Rex Has Gone!

About the Author

Jenny is a Chartered Accountant who worked in the pharmaceutical industry for many years. Latterly she has also worked in the Financial Services Industry (for six years) as a pharmaceutical and healthcare analyst and salesperson. She is a member of the Eating Disorder Association and a volunteer member of their Self Help Network.


'The book is immensely reassuring to any parent who has experienced at first hand the problems that a young boy already caught up in the maelstrom of adolescence can both experience and cause when anorexia arrives. Any parent or carer concerned about a boy who may be developing or has already developed an eating disorder will find this book useful and supportive even when it is talking about the most difficult problems that affect sufferers and their families' - Signpost

`This is a detailed observational account of severe Anorexia Nervosa in a boy, and the effect on his family. It documents their emotional and torturous journey through treatment back to full health. The descriptions of the disorder are written without jargon and with great accuracy. The book is packed with practical tips on how to manage everyday situations. This is truly a book that adolescents, their families, and clinicians should read' - Dr David Firth, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

`'Boys don't get anorexia' is a phrase that any parent who is concerned about a son who is losing too much weight or exercising excessively will hear at some time or other. Well, boys DO get eating disorders and in this very personal and insightful book, Jenny Langley looks at what it means to have a son who does in fact have anorexia. Jenny writes about the way in which the disorder crept up on her family and then seemed to take over the household. The slow painful climb of [her] son back to recovery is recounted in uncomfortable detail. Ultimately however this is a story of hope. Joe does recover eventually and although life is by no means the same as before, it does return to a new normality' - From the foreword by Steve Bloomfield, Eating Disorders Association

'A clearly described account of adolescent behaviour patterns which can lead to anorexia, written for worried parents, but useful to anyone working either with a boy diagnosed as anorexic, or a member of his family... It offers both sensible and sensitive information as to what to expect, suggests courses of action, and provides lists of resources' - Therapy Today

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