Getting a child through an eating disorder can be challenging. In this book 20 families from across the UK talk frankly to Bev Mattocks (author of Please Eat) about the effect that anorexia had on their lives. (With a Foreword by Professor Janet Treasure, OBE PhD FRCP FRCPsych.)
Not only do these families want to help other parents understand this complex illness and demand prompt and effective treatment for their child, they also want to provide healthcare professionals with a unique insight into what goes on, at home, beyond the confines of the consulting room as families battle with the eating disorder 24/7.
Of course with such a complex illness and widely differing personal circumstances, each story is different. Nonetheless there are overlaps that many families will identify with. By describing their experiences, these brave families want to help others to identify the warning signs, get help and read about the tools and coping strategies they found most helpful on the journey to recovery.