Eating Disorders Anonymous: The Story of How We Recovered from Our
Eating Disorders presents the accumulated experience, strength, and
hope of many who have followed a Twelve-Step approach to recover
from their eating disorders. Eating Disorders Anonymous (EDA),
founded by sober members of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), have
produced a work that emulates the "Big Book" in style and
substance. EDA respects the pioneering work of AA while expanding
its Twelve-Step message of hope to include those who are religious
or seek a spiritual solution, and for those who are not and may be
more comfortable substituting "higher purpose" for the traditional
"Higher Power." Further, the EDA approach embraces the development
and maintenance of balance and perspective, rather than abstinence,
as the goal of recovery. Initial chapters provide clear directions
on how to establish a foothold in recovery by offering one of the
founder's story of hope, and collective voices tell why EDA is
suitable for readers with any type of problem eating, including:
anorexia nervosa, bulimia, binge eating, emotional eating, and
orthorexia. The text then explains how to use the Twelve Steps to
develop a durable and resilient way of thinking and acting that is
free of eating disordered thoughts and behaviors, including how to
pay it forward so that others might have hope of recovery. In the
second half of the text, individual contributors share their
experiences, describing what it was like to have an eating
disorder, what happened that enabled them to make a start in
recovery, and what it is like to be in recovery. Like the "Big
Book," these stories are in three sections: Pioneers of EDA, They
Stopped in Time, and They Lost Nearly All. Readers using the Twelve
Steps to recover from other issues will find the process consistent
and reinforcing of their experiences, yet the EDA approach offers
novel ideas and specific guidance for those struggling with food,
weight and body image issues. Letters of support from three,
highly-regarded medical professionals and two, well-known recovery
advocates offer reassurance that EDA's approach is consistent with
that supported by medical research and standards in the field of
eating disorders treatment. Intended as standard reading for
members who participate in EDA groups throughout the world, this
book is accessible and appropriate for anyone who wants to recover
from an eating disorder or from issues related to food, weight, and
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