- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 13, 2001

Books

• "When Your Child Has an Eating Disorder: A Step-by-step Workbook for Parents and Other Caregivers," by Abigail H. Natenshon, Jossey-Bass Publishing, 1999. This book walks parents through the problem, from recognizing symptoms to coping at home and undergoing family therapy. It covers age groups from preteen to college age.

• "Surviving an Eating Disorder: Strategies for Families and Friends," by Michelle Siegel, HarperCollins, 1997. This book covers therapy, recovery and coping as a family.

• "The Eating Disorder Sourcebook: A Comprehensive Guide to the Causes, Treatments and Prevention of Eating Disorders," by Carolyn Costin, Lowell House, 1999. This book helps families assess the problem and find sources of help.

• "The Long Road Back: A Survivor´s Guide to Anorexia," by Judy Tam Sargent, North Star Publishing, 1999. This is one woman´s story of her 10-year struggle with eating disorders.

• "The Secret Language of Eating Disorders: A Revolutionary New Approach," by Peggy Claude-Pierre, Vintage Books, 1999. A leading specialist in eating disorders tells how she helped her daughters overcome the affliction.

Associations

• Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention (EDAP), 603 Stewart St., Suite 803, Seattle, Wash. 98101. Phone: 206/382-3587. Web site: www.edap.org. This nonprofit group is an educational and support network. Its programs raise awareness of eating disorders and are designed to help young women and teens deal with media and peer pressure to be thin.

Online

• Something Fishy (www.something-fishy.org) is a Web site founded by a recovering anorexic. It is a comprehensive educational site with treatment locators, research findings, memorial tributes to victims, discussions of cultural issues, patient stories and a large network of chat rooms and bulletin boards.

• Mike and Stephanie Watt, parents of a 14-year-old girl who died from complications of anorexia and bulimia, have started a site (www.kristenwattfoundation.org) in conjunction with the foundation named for their daughter. The site has tips for parents dealing with a child with an eating disorder.

• The Eating Disorder Association of London, Ontario, has a comprehensive Web site (www.eating-disorder.org) that discusses symptoms, dangers, treatment, coping and support.

• Colleen Thompson, a recovering anorexic from Canada, founded www.mirror-mirror.org, a site that guides visitors to treatment centers. It also has research news and information for families coping with a child with an eating disorder.

• St. Joseph Medical Center of Towson, Md., has a Web site (www.eating-disorders.com) that contains answers to frequently asked questions, resources and recommended reading.


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