What is an eating disorder? What are the symptoms? What causes them? And is full recovery possible? Eating disorders are a growing issue - at least 2% of females are now struggling with an eating disorder and studies amongst some groups such as teenage girls reveal much higher rates. This accessible and practical book helps readers to come to a full understanding of eating disorders and the various stages involved in recovery. It is essential reading for sufferers, their family and friends and also the interested reader. Writing from her experience of working with sufferers and drawing extensively on case histories, Dr Middleton explains what eating disorders are and why we develop them. Crucially, she offers guidance for setting out on the road to recovery.