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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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  • Erin
  • 2020-09-17

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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  • Vly Summit
  • 2019-12-22

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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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  • Anonymous
  • 2021-11-07

Great, and not so great

This book provides an astonishing wealth of information in treating individuals with eating disorders. Truly, it is remarkable. It is perhaps the only book you need to read if you treat these patients. There are other parts of this book however, that are profoundly distressing.
Dr. Gaudiani is way too comfortable with patients who are dangerously obese. advising them to be proud of their bodies and admonishing medical offices to not embarrass them by discussing their health risks, and to provide gowns the size of a baseball infield rain cover so as not to injure their easily bruised self image. Additionally, the author proudly announces every heterosexual in her practice as “cisgender.” This is political correctness beyond belief. Why does she need to identify 99% of the population as if they were some orphan area of population demographics? Why does the author not feel similarly obligated to identify them as able-bodied, non-diabetic, or sighted. Finally, Dr. Gaudiani’s disturbing abandonment of the Hippocratic oath in regard to her willingness to let individuals with debilitating and chronic eating disorders choose to die is extremely troubling.

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  • Melissa Carmona
  • 2019-09-01

Absolutely recommend it.

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

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-08-10

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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  • Yams Yeats
  • 2022-03-09

Practice what you preach

I really believed I'd found actual help for my then 18 year old daughter. She finally asked for help was reaching out and we soon discovered unless your super wealthy or at least have collateral or very specific insurance not only will this place not care to help but no-one does. I found a place in Maryland I'm in Texas that might try a single case agreement she was done by then window shut. I believe my beautiful heart of an angel daughter will be ok despite the odds. its unbelievable7 er trips low potassium and liver enzymes messed up plus what no-one would test hormones bone density ECT sent off with referral to hospital that needed 40 grand to start. shrug their shoulders like she chose this. I can't imagine the courage it took for her to ask for help BMI doesn't matter but was 17 then to be turned away like no-one cared cause no-one dies or they would. writing from your lofty spot about the ones with insurance or money write the remaining 80 percent s story's.

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  • Tiscoj
  • 2020-10-26

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

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  • Judy Y. Porter
  • 2020-09-09

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

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  • Terry and Jason Pooler
  • 2020-04-15

Excellent book!

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

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  • daisyk11
  • 2020-03-31

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.