The Collins family were told not to feed their anorexic daughter. They were not to notice the dwindling portions, the fading vital signs. They were not even to discuss food.
Months later, they accidentally discovered evidence that anorexia is a brain disorder that requires first of all the simplest of medicines: food. Contrary to most of what they had heard and read, new research indicates that parents themselves can be the ill child's best caregiver as the brain is restored and the patient assisted in recovering fully and getting back to an independent and healthy life. Food was the first medicine: love and therapy and a sense of humor helped as well.
The Collins family began to feed and eat with their daughter. Their daughter's therapist fired them. And to everyone's surprise, Olympia Collins got steadily better. Not quick, not easy, and not a magic cure, home support offered an alternative to cycles of malnutrition and hospitalization.
Eating With Your Anorexic is a funny, furious story of madness, science, and recovery that should give hope to parents and give pause to those who still cling to outdated ways of thinking about eating disorders.
What people are saying about Eating With Your Anorexic:
Los Angeles Times, "'What most of us get is really very crappy," says Laura Collins...right now it's like a 911 call and the first ambulance that comes, you take."
Cleveland Plain Dealer, "...Collins desperately tried to find help and initiated a journey she painfully maps out for us in "Eating With Your Anorexic." At once tender and gruesomely honest, it is more autobiography than self-help guide book." (Jenny Staletovich Special to The Plain Dealer)
Hartford Courant: "Like many other parents of anorexic daughters, Collins said she definitely got the message from the therapeutic community that somehow she and her husband were to blame for Olympia's illness." (Kathleen Megan)
San Diego Union-Tribune: "...the personal story of how she and her husband treated their 14-year-old daughter's eating disorder at home using a British method called the Maudsley Approach." (Jane Clifford)
Library Journal: "...This is an important title for professionals and a vital resource for families dealing with eating disorders…recommended for larger public libraries and for university libraries supporting the medical and helping professions. ting disorders. Readers will find the story of this author's daughter and her journey through anorexia insightful and encouraging."