Extremely disappointed in this bookWhile I am empathic with the writer and know how traumatic it is to experience this disease within a family, I am shocked by Ms Brown s denial and her rejection of all psychological theory The way she labels her treatment team Dr Newbie She is disrespectful and uninformed I have been treating eating disorders for 30 years Family Oriented Treatment is something I applaud when it works but it still needs to be supervised by a therapist regularly and a nutritionist as well as the physician who should be taking blood and checking vitals regularly Sometimes Family Based Treatment does NOT work for a family but Ms Brown would have readers believe that it is the only way to go She states if her daughter does not go back to school she would feel like a freak I am horrified by her use of language and shudder to think that my young patients and their families would read this book The girls I work with who cannot attend school because of their illnesses are NOT freaks or misfits The girls I work with who need hospitalization are not mental cases and she is extraordinarily wrong to think her daughter is fundamentally different from the other girls I am not saying she needed to place her in a hospital although at that weight, I would have immediately done so until she got to normal weight and THEN used FBT I would not have my child potentially die at home, emaciated with barely a heartbeat.She seems to have no interest in finding out why her daughter may have developed Anorexia and just makes the assumption that it IS totally biologically based because she was so perfect and the family was so perfect prior to her sudden illness Eating Disorders absolutely are biologically based but exploring other emotional issues is relevant This idea is completely ignored She continually refers to her daughter as the most wonderful child ever until the day the illness took hold but even once she knew that Kitty was desperately ill, no treatment was given for weeks What was that about If I didn t have room for a new patient for three weeks, I would have referred her to someone immediately, just to make certain this child was being treated And if you do not like your treatment provider, you find a new one FASTI know how much denial is present with mental illness and with any illness but Ms Brown s denial takes on new heights.I admire this family s courage and commitment to feeding Kitty and it saved her life so far But there is no depth There is no sense of what Kitty is feeling only that she becomes NON KITTY which I know is Ms Brown s way of referred to the Eating Disorders voice but Kitty s regression emotionally leaves me to believe that her psychological difficulties are greater than just her Anorexia I have treated 100s of cases and her behaviors are not the normTo ignore this piece is very concerning to me I only wish this family well and some of the facts such as the recovery rate, etc are accurate but many are false Just false There are some cases where EDs can be predictable others not But she states that there are no predictors For a scientific writer to ignore thousands of studies and research is astounding to me.I may sound harsh but it is only in the review of this story I am troubled that the families who may read this may take this as fact rather than one family s journey I say that because of Ms Brown s writing style She states things as facts when they are opinions She is entitled to these opinions but she does not help families struggling with their own EDs I think she meant to rather than to simply write her own memoir but it is unclear if she means to be helpful to others.I have a patient s parent reading this book now, asking me if her child should read this story This is what prompted me to get the book I would have to say absolutely not Her constant put downs of mental illness and her description of the mental facility is unfeeling and unkind She may not have wanted Kitty there but the children who ARE there are as worthy as her own daughter and do not need to feel like the freaks she makes them out to be Sorry but I would have liked to hear her story of Family Based Treatment along with accurate facts about Anorexia and some honest insight into her daughter s plight. Overall, I thought the book was very insightful about the suffering a family endures when a relative has an eating disorder You rarely hear about eating disorders from this perspective, so I thought it was very unique I also was ultimately glad I read it because I was very unfamiliar with the approach The points that bothered me were her stance with psychology and her writing style Perhaps I m defensive both because I m a psychology major at school, and I go to therapy, but it really bothered me how easily she dismissed the whole psychological approach because of one bad doctor She even stooped so low as to call them experts with the quotations around the word, as if their education and training meant nothing Psychologists are just like her, they base their beliefs and thoughts off of what they know and what they ve experienced It s difficult to know the exact right thing to do in every case, though I don t disagree with her that the approach to eating disorders needs to be changed drastically I also hated how she repeated a lot of the same words I can t tell you how many times I saw the phrase I wish I could cry, and howl, and pull out my hair in some form throughout the book Nor could I tell you how annoyed I became with the phrase rabbit hole which was repeatedly used Ultimately, she used and re used the same hot words in her writing and had little to no variation Whether this was for readability or lack of expertise, I couldn t tell you, but it was disheartening And as soon as I saw the word shrink being used, I was done.Overall, not terrible, but not great. I just spent than half an hour responding to La Petite Americaine s review of this book and somehow it got deleted I will try to repost it in detail the next day or so for now, let me just say that her inexplicably vitriolic review is uninformed, ignorant, and just plain wrong Her stereotype of anorexics coming from dysfunctional families with overbearing mothers has been discredited for years family based therapy of the kind that Harriet Brown recommends is the ONLY evidence based therapy used to treat eating disorders, and its success rate is well over 70%, while other programs have dismal rates in the single digits and tremendous recidivism Anorexia is a serious mental illness and the one with the highest mortality rate so uneducated people with their own agendas like LPA should defer to those with experience Brown spends chapter after chapter in Brave Girl Eating detailing the latest science and studies about anorexia they have recently found a genetic link between people with autism and people with anorexia , so how the reviewer can make the unwarranted claims that she does is unfathomable to me Her ad hominen attack on the courageous Harriet Brown she claims Brown is out whoring her daughter to make a buck is disgusting, as is the entire tenor of her review Far from sounding compassionate about people who suffer from eating disorders, LPA comes across as an angry, hate filled, paranoid person When, in the comments, a medical doctor refutes her claims, she challenges him to produce his credentials why would he bother to lie Another reader who defended FBT and Brown is dismissed by LPA as not credible, simply because she had never posted on Goodreads before The lady doth protest too much, methinks.I, too, am new to Goodreads I am also a medical researcher, having collaborated with a team of Cleveland Clinic doctors on a recently published book about the heart I am a high school teacher who has taught and mentored and cared about scores of girls with anorexia who have spent years in and out of the inpatient facilities that LPA lauds Finally, I have personally spent agonizing months doing Maudsley with a family member who might not be alive were it not for the treatment described in Brave Girl Eating I wish that I could have written this book, but Harriet Brown did a much better job than I could have dreamed of doing So my job will be to crusade to see that this important book makes it into every school library and onto the shelves of every parent whose child is being stolen away by this awful disease And while talk of karma clearly upsets our esteemed reviewer, she had better pray that no parent decides not to buy this book which could save her child s life based on this vitriolic review One final note my son is 25 years old, married, has 2 gorgeous daughters, and lives on the other side of the country from me And he still calls me Mommy Can t imagine why that s a crime or evidence of serious dysfunction La Petite Americaine must be carrying around some serious baggage. This was a very interesting book My imagination doesn t come close to how this parent described dealing with her daughter s eating disorder How it affected them as a family unit How it affected their younger daughter Everyone in this family is brave and strong And I appreciate them sharing their story. Brave girl eating was not an easy book to read The story is of a 14 year old girl Kitty who s life is transformed when she is diagnosed with anorexia Written by her mother Harriet she details all the way from the warning signs leading up to the diagnosis to four years later when she goes to college Along the way we read about the Brown family of Kitty, Harriet, her husband Jamie and there youngest daughter 10 year old Emma having there lives turned upside down and there loving fight to save there daughter s life and rid her of the demon in her.The book has two distinct themes one the personal battle of the family who go through all manner of emotions along the way and the one of the imformation about anorexia that Harriet discover s during Kitty s illness The family chose with the help of the family paediatrician a treatment at home and despite considerable resistance has been able to achieve vast improvements in Kitty The treatment itself is not ideal for everyone as it requires a fair amount of time and patience but it s one Harriet believes in and one she goes in length the explain.Brave girl eating is overall an honest and personal account of the toll anorexia took on a family and their determined battle to not let the demon win While every person and families experiences are different the book offers both hope and solance for families struggling with eating disorders. I always have a difficult time discussing my experience with anorexia It s not that I m ashamed of it It s just that it was a very long time ago now my second bout ended about 12 years ago Do I say that I m an anorexic That implies an active, ongoing issue, which isn t true But I can t say that I m not one any, because I know for a fact that it never totally goes away The thoughts are there they come back at odd moments I m particularly susceptible during times of high stress, although the older I get, the quieter the anorexic voice is Do I say that I m in remission That implies a level of illness that I ve never been comfortable admitting to So how to discuss such an amorphous topic, especially when most people aren t comfortable talking about it at all Perhaps that s one of the problems with eating disorders People don t want to discuss them really discuss them.I think that s one of the best things about this memoir of anorexia It s absolutely unflinching, and yet surprisingly lacking in self blame and guilt a good thing, I think Written by the mother of an anorexic and thank god, for that, I say, this is a voice that s seldom heard it is deeply moving I occasionally like to read these books about anorexia to remind myself of that dark place I never want to go back to The daughter s story really resonated with me I could remember so much of my experience in this story, right down to the fact that it happened the summer that this girl turned 15 also when I had my first bout I often found myself in tears because it all seemed so familiar, and after a while you begin to forget how truly awful the experience was.If you really, honestly want to understand what the eating disorder experience is like for an anorexic oh god, the terrible, terrifying irrationality of it this is a good book for it Brown has amazing insight into what her daughter was feeling, better than a lot of books I ve read that were written by anorexics themselves Be forewarned that it seems repetitive after a while, which is why I m not giving it stars. In Brave Girl Eating, The Chronicle Of A Family S Struggle With Anorexia Nervosa, Journalist, Professor, And Author Harriet Brown Recounts In Mesmerizing And Horrifying Detail Her Daughter Kitty S Journey From Near Starvation To Renewed Health Brave Girl Eating Is An Intimate, Shocking, Compelling, And Ultimately Uplifting Look At The Ravages Of A Mental Illness That Affects Than Million Americans Horrid I got chills remembering my own childhood I hope this child gets a good therapist in adulthood. I rarely read non fiction, but I found this one to be excellent The author is a science journalist who writes about her family s experience with a teenage daughter s anorexia I liked how proactive the author was dealing with the disease Her writing style was clean and there is a lot of reference to past research studies, which was very informative As the mother of a teenager, albeit a 14 yo boy, whom I can in no way ever visualize restricting food, but I could certainly relate to the parenting and feeling of helpless frustration in a given situation I could understand her drive to help her daughter The disease is devastating to the entire family The family opts for a Family Based Therapy approach and embarks on a refeeding schedule Well written and informative, I truly enjoyed reading this book, although my heart went out to this family, who is still dealing with the daughter s eating disorder Minor quibble about the book cover why does it look so much like the cover of the first Twilight book Brave mother writing Although this book is entitled Brave Girl Eating, the title of Brave Mother Writing would be equally fitting Courageously chronicling her family s struggle with her daughter s anorexia, Harriet puts into words the devastation, pain, raw emotions, obstacles, frustrations, confusion, and exhaustion that too often overwhelm families haunted by the demons of eating disorders The book reads like a gripping novel, but it is packed with valuable information on family based eating disorder treatment as well as insight and hope for families in similar situations Equally important, Harriet identifies and explores the self and society induced guilt and blame parents of children with eating disorders shoulder during the already excruciating enough struggle But, instead of being defensive, Harriet learns to create and take an offensive approach that allows her family to actively fight her daughter s anorexia one small spoonful at a time In contrast to other treatment approaches that involve the parents backing off, Harriet s approach is quite hands and hearts on, and she literally, figuratively, and bravely feeds her daughter back to life I highly recommend this book for families struggling with eating disorders as well as for anyone else who wants to understand the courage, bravery, and tenacity required to fight the demons of disordered eating.