Please eat... A mother's struggle to free her teenage son from anorexia

Bev says: "Back in 2009 when Ben began to show signs of anorexia I had no idea that boys got eating disorders. So I didn’t recognise the warning signs. As far as I knew, boys didn't get anorexia. As the parent of a teenage boy you don't expect your child to get anorexia or another eating disorder. You don't even think about eating disorders.

Please eat... A mother's struggle to free her teenage son from anorexia

"But once I realised that my son was developing anorexia, I was terrified. I felt isolated. I didn't know where to turn or what to do. And yet the information I was finding suggested that anorexia could be a deadly condition - that people could and indeed do die from anorexia. But I also discovered that eating disorders like anorexia are treatable. Boys can recover from anorexia and other eating disorders, given the right treatment and support.

"When I sat down to write Please eat... A mother's struggle to free her teenage son from anorexia I was acutely aware that I wanted to do my bit to help other parents and carers - not only to identify the warning signs of anorexia in boys (and girls) but to show that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and to describe how we got there. I also wanted to highlight the importance of early intervention for anorexia and effective treatment for boys (and girls) with eating disorders."

6" x 9" (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
268 pages
Publisher: Creative Copy
Publish date: 8 Mar, 2013
ISBN: 978-0957511804

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