A unique new approach to treating eating disorders
Eight million women in the United States suffer from anorexia nervosa and/or bulimia. For these women, the road to recovery is a rocky one. Many succumb to their eating disorders. Life Without Ed offers hope to all those who suffer from these often deadly disorders. For years, author Jennifer Schaefer lived with both anorexia and bulimia. She credits her successful recovery to the technique she learned from her psychologist, Thom Rutledge.
This groundbreaking book illustrates Rutledge's technique. As in the author's case, readers are encouraged to think of an eating disorder as if it were a distinct being with a personality of its own. Further, they are encouraged to treat the disorder as a relationship rather than as a condition. Schaefer named her eating disorder Ed; her recovery involved "breaking up" with Ed
Shares the points of view of both patient and therapist in this approach to treatmentHelps people see the disease as a relationship from which they can distance themselvesTechniques to defeat negative thoughts that plague eating disorder patients
Prescriptive, supportive, and inspirational, Life Without Ed shows readers how they too can overcome their eating disorders.
"The truth is we all talk to ourselves. We just need to get better at it," counsels psychotherapist Rutledge in this self-help book for women with eating disorders, which he wrote with one of his patients, Schaefer, a singer/songwriter and media personality in Nashville, who both binges and purges. As might be expected in a book that draws from both psychotherapy and country western music, the story concerns a fine woman and the no good man she's stuck with. In this case, the evil, controlling character is a non-person Schaefer names Ed, from the initials E.D. (as in eating disorder). Whether Schaefer is alone in her kitchen or dining with friends, she "hears" Ed telling her she resembles a "barnyard animal," that all the girls in her eating disorder therapy group are thinner than she is, or that it would feel good to go to bed on an empty stomach. "There is something inside me... that has chained itself to Ed with a heavy-duty lock and thrown away the key," she writes. With the help of therapist Rutledge, who shares his professional observations in sections entitled "Thom's Turn," Schaefer finally gains the strength to keep Ed at bay. Schaefer's literary construct of an interior voice will delight some readers and annoy others, but if it helps any readers overcome their own disorders, it's been effective.
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This is a really well-written book. Very helpful for someone who is recovering from an eating disorder or just wants to learn more about eating disorders. I read it in one day. It is very short
When I started this book, I felt like I could never get better and would just have my Ed forever. But I'm only 100 pages in and I really believe I can beat this. I'm already seeing major improvements. I've read other books and they were EXTREMELY triggering and, honestly, made me worse. They were like motivations for me. And this book is very non-triggering. At first, I almost wanted to quit reading it because I could tell it was already helping within the first couple chapters. But I kept on reading and am so glad I did.! If anyone is suffering from an eating disorder and wants help from someone who actually knows how it feels to have an ED, read this book. I felt like I was the only one who felt and thought certain things but this book reassured me that other people know exactly how I feel. If you are really looking towards getting better, read this book. It's BY FAR the most helpful tool to fight this that I've ever been given.
I am a 14 year old trying to recover from an eating disorder and this book has given me more motivation and confidence than any amount of hours listening to a nutritionist or therapist ever could. It's tough to read as it's practically my own thoughts, but I believe anyone with an eating disorder, with the potential of having one, or if you just want to understand one should read this book. It's real. It can be funny but Jenni completely knows how to get through to people unlike any others I've read. Thank you thank you thank you!