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Give Food a Chance

Give Food a Chance

A New View on Childhood Eating Disorders

Julie O'Toole

Quick Overview

By acknowledging the neurological reasons behind childhood eating disorders, clinicians and parents will be better placed to help young people and plan appropriate treatment. This book presents The Kartini Clinic's innovative approach to treating eating disorders, with advice on spotting symptoms and providing support.
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Paperback / softback
2015, 9.06in x 5.91in / 230mm x 150mm, 320pp
ISBN: 978-1-84905-731-8
2015, ePUB, 288pp
ISBN: 978-1-78450-099-3
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Drawing on more than a decade's experience as director of The Kartini Clinic, Julie O'Toole offers a fresh perspective on childhood eating disorders and invaluable insights for parents and professionals.

Describing the foundational philosophy behind The Kartini Clinic's proven and world-renowned treatment protocol, O'Toole presents compelling evidence that childhood eating disorders have a neurological rather than a psycho-social basis, and explains what this means for treatment. She describes clearly what patients and families can expect from treatment, signs and symptoms indicating the need for hospitalization, and advice on how to recognise a relapse. The book also includes clear descriptions of The Kartini Clinic's ground-breaking Meal Plan and approach to 'capping' weight gain.

Give Food a Chance is an invaluable resource that will give parents and professionals everywhere the information, encouragement, and support they need to deal with this often misunderstood disorder.


'There are books one recommends to strangers, and those one presses on friends. I will be showing 'Give Food a Chance' to my friends and enemies alike, and I look forward to the discussion it will initiate. O'Toole presents a conflict for all of us: We can either remain stuck in old and ineffective ideas or have the courage to reject them.'
- Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh, Executive Director, F.E.A.S.T. (Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders),

'O'Toole's gentle non-judgmental style and wealth of experience makes this a valuable read for parents and professionals alike.'
- Youth in Mind


By (author): Julie O'Toole