Table of contents for 100 questions & answers about anorexia nervosa / Sari Fine Shepphird.


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Patient Biographies                                                  xxi
Part 1: Overview ofAnorexia Nervosa                                    1
Questions 1-11 give background information about anorexia nervosa and
discuss such topics as:
"* What is anorexia nervosa?
"* How is the diagnosis of anorexia determined?
"* Is anorexia dangerous? What are the risks associated with anorexia?
"* Do people with anorexia get better?
Part 2: Weight Loss and Other Warning Signs                          29
Questions 12-21 outline the characteristic signs and symptoms of anorexia
nervosa as well as related issues, including:
"* What is "starvation syndrome"?
"* Before my son developed anorexia, I thought it was only a problem for girls.
What are some other myths about anorexia?
"* It seems like there are many reasons why a person might lose appetite and
not eat for a period of time. How can one know if anorexia is the cause?
Part 3: Risk Factors                                                 57
Questions 22-27 discuss the causes and risk factors for developing anorexia,
including:
"* What causes anorexia nervosa?
"* How does the mass media influence ideas about anorexia and eating
disorders?
"* What about information on the Internet? Are Web sites about anorexia
helpful or harmful?
"* Does substance abuse commonly co-occur with eating disorders such as
anorexia?
Part 4: Special Considerations                                      83
Questions 28-36 address friendships, family planning, and other considerations,
such as:
"* I recently noticed that my sister has scars on her arms and wrists. I am
concerned that she may be intentionally hurting herself. Why would she
do this?
"* What ethnic groups are affected by anorexia?
"* I have read that people with anorexia have low self-esteem. Is this true?
Part 5: Exercise and Athletes                                      103
Questions 37-42 explore the unique relationship between anorexia nervosa and
athletes, and include topics such as:
"* How much exercise is "too much" exercise?
"* How is exercise approached in the treatment of anorexia nervosa?
"* Are athletes at greater risk for developing anorexia and eating disorders?
"* What is the "female athlete triad"?
Part 6: Body Image Concerns                                        119
Questions 43-49 discuss body image as it relates to anorexia nervosa and include
such topics as:
"* What is body image?
"* How do I know if I have a healthy body image?
"* What are some of the risk factors for developing body image disturbance?
"* What can I do to enhance my child's body image?
Part 7: Supportfor Loved Ones                                      133
Questions 50-60 provide helpful information for families and significant others,
including:
"* I know caring for my child will be a challenge, but I'm not sure what to
expect. What type of difficulties might I face?
"* What about eating out? My family used to do this regularly, but now my
son doesn't want to go with us because of his eating disorder. Should I insist
that he go?
"* I'm concerned about my college roommate. I really think she has an eating
disorder, but I'm scared to approach her. What should I do?
"* What are some practical suggestions for families of loved ones dealing with
anorexia nervosa?
Part 8: Weight Restoration, Nutrition, and Healthy Eating        153
Questions 61-74 discuss aspects of recovery related to healthy eating and
nutrition, such as:
"* What types of foods are included in a healthy, balanced approach to
nutrition?
"* How is weight restoration achieved, and why is it important?
"* How will my treatment team determine my healthy weight range?
Part 9: Treatment and Recovery                                   173
Questions 75-96 discuss treatment and recovery issues, including:
"* How does a healthcare professional evaluate for anorexia?
"* How do I choose a treatment team?
"* How long does recovery take?
"* What are some of the psychological treatments currently used for treating
anorexia?
"* How can I prevent a relapse of my symptoms?
Part 10: Prevention andAdvocacy                                  215
Questions 97-100 discuss ways to prevent anorexia nervosa, including:
"* Is anorexia preventable?
"* What are some examples of successful prevention programs?
"* What can individuals and families do to help with prevention efforts?
AppendixA                                                         223
Appendix B                                                        227
Bibliography                                                      235



Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Anorexia nervosa Miscellanea, Eating disorders Miscellanea, Teenage girls Mental health Miscellanea, Body image in adolescence Miscellanea