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Publisher's Summary

Patients with eating disorders frequently feel that they aren't "sick enough" to merit treatment, despite medical problems that are both measurable and unmeasurable. They may struggle to accept rest, nutrition, and a team to help them move towards recovery. Sick Enough offers patients, their families, and clinicians a comprehensive, accessible review of the medical issues that arise from eating disorders by bringing relatable case presentations and a scientifically sound, engaging style to the topic. Using metaphor and patient-centered language, Dr. Gaudiani aims to improve medical diagnosis and treatment, motivate recovery, and validate the lived experiences of individuals of all body shapes and sizes, while firmly rejecting dieting culture.

©2019 Taylor & Francis (P)2019 Tantor

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Best book I've read on this in 10 yrs

Wasn't a fan of the narrator but that didn't stop me from absolutely enjoying the book. i have had an eating disorder for over 20 years, so you can imagine how many books I've read on the subject; this one is in my top five. it was helpful and comforting, and i actually felt understood which is extremely rare.

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For anyone with a friend who has an eating disorder or who lives their life around the eating or not eating of around food and body dismorphia.

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Absolutely recommend it.

absolutely excellent book. Every medical and mental health provider should at the bear minimum read this book.

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Must read

This book is a must read for anyone wants to understand the medical side of eating disorders.

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Informative

This book is full of very helpful information for those who are dealing with Eating Disorders.

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Excellent book!

As a nutritionist I found this book to be well informed of the research, and well organized.

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A must-read for anyone suffering from or knows someone suffering from an eating disorder or disordered eating

Dr. G is extremely knowledgeable about eating disorders and also incredibly compassionate. Don’t be scared to listen to this book — she explains things on a caring, thoughtful, and sensitive way.

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Good detailed medical description of eating disorders and their treatment.

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Important book, popularization could go further

Sick Enough is an eye-opening guide on eating disorders. It has an important message and encouraging tone: even though dieting and concentrating on one's body size is common, it doesn't mean it's necessary or even safe.

The book is packed with medical descriptions on the symptoms, very reasonable reasons and outcomes of eating disorder behaviours. These are brought alive with well-written patient stories. At times, the medical language was hard to follow. I wished for more concrete examples or metaphors for describing nutrient quantities or other numbers and acronyms. However, complicated vocabulary didn't make it impossible to grasp the message. English is my second language and I think the book could reach even wider audience were it written a tad more simply.

I liked the sobering medical descriptions of the illness. This book helps rip away romanticism from mental illnesses. These problems can affect negatively anyone's life in various ways. If you are one of these people, you are always sick enough to seek treatment.

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A book that EVERY provider should read!

Can you imagine if this book was part of every doctor, therapists, and dietitian's library? I truly believe it could dramatically improve treatment for anyone with and eating disorder and save countless lives. Thank you, Dr. G!

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  • 07-24-20

Incredible

This is an incredibly informative and comprehensive book. It is full of medical information while incredibly inclusive and compassionately discussing illustrative case studies. On top of that it is superbly well written and well read. I can’t recommend this book highly enough, whether you are interested in eating disorders, work with, suffer from or know somebody with an eating disorder, disordered eating or you have ever been on a weight loss diet this book is for you.

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  • 07-06-21

No information on BED effects on body

Feeling really disappointed that the author chose to use the BED section for addressing weight stigma instead of the effects of binge eating disorder on the body. So no, I don't feel "sick enough" to warrant treatment. I feel weight stigma should have been a separate chapter.

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  • Ebony
  • 03-15-21

Incredibly Informative and Helpful

As an Accredited Practising Dietitian who works in eating disorders I needed to know more about medical complications and warning signs and this book delivered the information through a wonderfully engaging and compassionate lens.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-08-21

Great read!!

Enlightening, positive and informative!

Great for anyone that is currently struggling. Suggest any person that has been affected by ED's to listen to this book.