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Free ↠ Decoding Anorexia By Carrie Arnold – [Read] ➲ Decoding Anorexia ➺ Carrie Arnold – Decoding Anorexia is the first and only book to explain anorexia nervosa from a biological point of view Its clear user friendly descriptions of the genetics and neuroscience behind the disorder is pa Decoding Anorexia is the first and only book to explain anorexia nervosa from a biological point of view Its clear user friendly descriptions of the genetics and neuroscience behind the disorder is paired with first person descriptions and personal narratives of what biological differences mean to sufferers Author Carrie Arnold a trained scientist science writer and past sufferer of anorexia speaks with clinicians researchers parents other family members and sufferers about the factors that make one vulnerable to anorexia the neurochemistry behind the call of starvation and why it's so hard to leave anorexia behind She also addresses How environment is still important and influences behaviors The characteristics of people at high risk for developing anorexia nervosa Why anorexics find starvation rewarding Why denial is such a salient feature and how sufferers can overcome itCarrie also includes interviews with key figures in the field who explain their work and how it contributes to our understanding of anorexia Long thought to be a psychosocial disease of fickle teens this book alters the way anorexia is understood and treated and gives patients their doctors and their family members hope.

10 thoughts on “Decoding Anorexia

  1. Kathryn Kathryn says:

    Sufferers of eating disorders are often familiar with the misunderstandings that can come with a diagnosis the assumption that anorexia is about the drive to look like celebrities or that bad parenting is always to blame Arnold takes some of the latest research information that I haven't found except in obscure places and breaks it down using both scientific data and personal examplesIn short Arnold paints a picture that's so much wider than food or weight There's some chewy interesting stuff here like measurable differences in the brain even after recovery around areas of reward anxiety and set shifting There's also an intriguing new evolutionary theory that describes anorexia as the body's urge to migrate It's not just that we're having a hard time eating we might tell ourselves Like hummingbirds caribou earthworms monarchs salmon whales and geese when times get tough our drive to ignore food and rev up activity levels might be an urge to migrate to head over the mountain to find and bring back food for the tribe Maybe it's the sharing of food and taking part in a tribe that hold the key to recovery Maybe it's our culture's loss of tribe that marks the real suffering for those with anorexia who if I've read Arnold correctly are particularly socially aware particularly tuned to the needs of others particularly concerned with participating appropriately in the group helping when help is needed worrying over their place in the world In a society of individualism commodity and overabundance such a person is left to migrate without a cause

  2. Deb Deb says:

    Anorexia decodedLooking at anorexia through a biological lens Decoding Anorexia illuminates the evolutionary neurochemical physiological and psychological factors underlying the darkness of this disorder From the outside anorexia seems to go against our natural human drives After all how could an ability to ignore hunger increase activity and buy into severe body image distortions be adaptive? The book presents a fascinating new theory—called the Adapted to Flee Famine response or Migration Theory—which proposes that these anorexic traits could have had evolutionary value during Pleistocene times of famine “The starving person needs to be unable to recognize their own emaciation otherwise they may be shocked out their food denial and hyperactivity This could put countless Pleistocene people in danger if hunter gatherer groups didn’t have at least one person able to ignore the starvation and search for food Thus far from being rather bizarre and crazy making the profound body image distortion and an inability to recognize that there’s anything wrong are actually helpful if you view anorexia from the point of view of the Pleistocene” p 104This Adapted to Flee Famine response also helps to explain why the recovery process for anorexia can be so relentless“Females who go on to develop anorexia generally weigh less than their peers even before illness onset If inadeuate amounts of body fat trigger the Adapted to Flee Famine response then this leanness loads the gun with even ammunition Combine this with the perfectionistic temperament and you end up with someone with the psychological endurance to withstand deprivation and very little buffer between their normal weight and the havoc of starvationOnce this weight loss starts the anorexic body essentially panicsIt can take weeks or even months for the body to escape from ‘panic mode’ Thus even after an individual regains physical health the biological drive to restrict food and over exercise remains” pp 106 107In addition to exploring this evolutionary explanation for anorexia the book also unravels how anorexia results from a complex interaction between malfunctioning hunger signals disrupted hormone levels anxiety depression difficulties with decision making as well as predisposed personality traits including perfectionism inflexibility rule boundedness excessive doubt and cautiousness and an intense drive for order and symmetry A trained scientist and freelance science writer the author does an exceptional job in translating scores of academic research papers and interviews into concepts and explanations that are easily digestible As someone who has personally suffered under the grips of anorexia she chooses words that are often uite powerful in decoding the complexities of anorexia Sample for yourself“When you have too much on your plate metaphorically you make sure you have too little on your plate literallyAnorexia nervosa is about making everything small again and reducing the complexity of everything” p 66“The behaviors are the tip of the iceberg They’re the ten percent of the iceberg that’s out of the water and that’s what everyone sees But that’s only a tiny fragment of the condition Most of what anorexia is sits below the surface of the water It’s the cognitions the perfectionism the anxiety It’s the depression the alterations in hunger cues and appetite and the interoceptive difficulties It’s also why weight gain alone isn’t enough to treat anorexia To recover you have to melt the whole iceberg” p 141 “Full recovery is a hard complicated task It’s not just about the absence of things but about the presence of things It’s not just the absence of the obsessive thoughts about food and weight but the presence of a great variety of things that come from being in the moment” p 166 I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to better understand the enigma of anorexia Decoding Anorexia definitely lives up to its name

  3. Belle Belle says:

    My first book for the new year 2013 Found it mostly fascinating but also frustrating at certain junctures Carrie Arnold tries to do everything science reporting journalism interviewing scientists memoir of her own experiences and dialogue The dialogue is ridiculous hokey Some editor forgot to think that uoting yourself in a conversation with a scientist when you are writing about a conversation is too vain too much just needs a big long strikethrough That said she has gathered a lot of interesting insights into eating disorders melded together a lot of current research debunked a bushel of myths and babble and generally freshened up the subject with some inspiring thought provoking ideas I especially liked the idea of the biological genetic roots toward eating disorders that it could have been a response to typical starvationfood shortages in early societies Someone needed to be able to go without food and have the energy to go get food for the others who were hunkered down at home No one can explain why that situationability might have set off a pattern of food aversion and not eating even after the famine was over and there was abundant food But very helpful to start thinking about why some people are prone to this And helpful to stop the blame circle that does nothing to end the disorder

  4. Kyla Kyla says:

    Thank you Ms Arnold for writing about SCIENCE and caring about PEER REVIEW This is probably the smartest writing on anorexia I've seen Incredibly insightful on chronicitysets the record straight regarding this anorexia is about issuedifferentiates between sensational news stories and actual scientific evidenceexplains the superficial but fundamentally different resemblance of dieting to anorexiaand lots here This long overdue book should ring true for people who've lived it and come as an important surprise to many others

  5. Ag52196 Ag52196 says:

    Written in a way that is easy to understand Does not glorify the illness but is informative and the information based of the current research I recommend this to anyone struggling to better understand eating disorders

  6. Charlotte Bevan Charlotte Bevan says:

    To tag this book as pure science would be to do it an injustice for non science people like me Arnold writes a beautiful intelligent science based but easily readable book about the biology of eating disordersI adored this book it is full of science alongside anecdotes and stories from the mass of friends and fans of Arnold and the huge readership of her edbites website and blog Her other job as a science writer so proud of her serves her wellThis book debunks SO many myths about eating disorders and is a brilliant and enjoyable way to keep up to date with the latest scientific research and treatment protocols for ALL people involved in helping and treating people with eating disordersI wish there were 10 stars

  7. Deborah Rose Deborah Rose says:

    I read 34s of this book in January and then came back this month after my daughter was diagnosed with Anorexia and read it againto the end I needed to know everything about this condition what 'may' cause it what happens during the course of the illness what the prognosis is for recovery and what treatment options are out there This book supplied those answers in spades and now that I'm going to encourage my daughter to read it it certainly has the validation of coming from someone who has walked the walk So I wish I had 10 copies that I could give to all our family and friends who want to be supportive but really don't get it Read it You will get it Then you will be a valuable support system to your loved one

  8. Kyla Carlson Kyla Carlson says:

    Confession I'm not finished with this book but I read bits and pieces here and there and it really is excellent It's just a wee bit sciency so it's best in small doses This book drills down into the brain and anorexiaeating disorders better than anything out there for the lay person And Arnold is a recovered ing? anorexic who brings a personal spin to the science as well If you want to about the nitty gritty behind eating disorders this is your book

  9. Ignatius Brady Ignatius Brady says:

    The first up to date collection of real science of anorexia Carrie Arnold has a perfect mix of anecdote and scientific explanation Tremendously readable and accurate Nothing about controlling mothers or trying to imitate cover models in this book Just biology and what really drives this illness

  10. Laura Lyster-Mensh Laura Lyster-Mensh says:

    Best book hands down for understanding the current science on this disabling but treatable disorder So well written and accessible this book truly decodes anorexia and offers an up to date view of all eating disorders You will be surprised and grateful

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