(originally posted 7/12/2013. libbysfitnutrition.com)
So, I really should have written this while I was reading the book, but I will give you a very brief overview of this fantastic book.
Gura focuses on sub-clinical (not meeting the diagnostic criteria) eating disorders in women, mostly later in life.
She uses research and her own experience to explain how stressful times of life (new job, baby, getting married/divorced, menopause, etc.) can spur a relapse in people who had previously struggled with using food as a coping mechanism.
Disordered eating does not always neatly fit in a category. There are more people who experience disordered eating than can be clinically diagnosed with an eating disorder, and they suffer from the mental and emotional effects (and sometimes physical) as much as the diagnosable.
Undiagnosable disorders can range from not binging or purging frequently enough to be bulimic or over-eaters, not meeting the low weight requirements or lack of menstruation to be anorexic, or simply having food rituals or specific restrictions for non-medical or religious reasons.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who works with or is interested in eating disorders, or has suffered from disordered eating.
Libby is a Registered Dietitian focusing on eating disorder treatment and prevention. She is working on the central coast to create wellness in individuals and the community.
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