Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program

At the Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program, our mission is to provide the highest quality patient care, clinical research, professional training, and public education.

Books by EDCRP Faculty

Almost AnorexicAlmost Anorexic: Is My (Or My Loved One’s) Relationship with Food a Problem? By Jennifer J. Thomas, Ph.D. and Jenni Schaefer

Millions of men and women struggle with disordered eating. Some stand at the mirror wondering how they can face the day when they look so fat. Others binge, purge, or exercise compulsively. Many skip meals, go on diet after diet, or cut out entire food groups. Still, they are never thin enough.

While 1 in 200 adults have experienced full-blown anorexia, at least 1 in 20 (1 in 10 teen girls!) have exhibited some key symptoms. Many suffer from the effects but never address the issue because they don’t fully meet the diagnostic criteria. If this is the case for you, then you may be “almost anorexic.” Drawing on case studies and the latest research, Almost Anorexic combines a psychologist’s clinical experience with a patient’s personal recovery story to help readers understand and overcome almost anorexia.

UnlockingUnlocking the Mysteries of Eating Disorders: A Life-Saving Guide to Your Child’s Treatment and Recovery By David B. Herzog, M.D.,Debra L. Franko, Ph.D., and Pat Cable, RN.

This insightful and comforting guide, written by internationally known experts, shatters the myths, mysteries, and misconceptions surrounding eating disorders. You will learn how to recognize the problem, identify causes, talk to your child, and find the best treatment. The book includes the widest range of professional care options available—both psychotherapeutic and medicinal—as well as preventive solutions for children who display early warning signs. Most inspiring of all are the real-life stories of families who have faced eating disorders—and triumphed.

Body, Self, and Society: The View from Fiji By Anne E. Becker, M.D.

Anne E. Becker examines the cultural context of the embodied self through her ethnography of bodily aesthetics, food exchange, care, and social relationships in Fiji. She contrasts the cultivation of the body/self in Fijian and American society, arguing that the motivation of Americans to work on their bodies' shapes as a personal endeavor is permitted by their notion that the self is individuated and autonomous. On the other hand, because Fijians concern themselves with the cultivation of social relationships largely expressed through nurturing and food exchange, there is a vested interest in cultivating others' bodies rather than one's own.