Eating Disorders
Your Questions Answered
by Justine J. Reel
September 2018, 143pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-5304-3
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The number of individuals diagnosed with an eating disorder has risen substantially in recent years, and the majority of sufferers are teens and young adults.

This book is an approachable introduction to eating disorders; one of the most common—and dangerous—forms of mental illness. The information, guidance, and resources offered make it a valuable tool for anyone struggling with issues surrounding food, weight, and body image.

In the United States today, an estimated 20 million women and 10 million men meet the diagnostic criteria for an eating disorder, and millions more have disordered eating habits and a dysfunctional relationship with food. Whether their disorder is diagnosed or not, individuals struggling with these issues face serious and potentially lifelong physical and emotional consequences as a result of their behaviors.

Eating Disorders: Your Questions Answered, a part of Greenwood’s Q&A Health Guides series, provides clear, concise information for readers who want to learn more about these often misunderstood psychiatric illnesses. In addition to discussing the most common eating disorders, their consequences, and treatment, this book also explores how eating disorders develop and how they can be prevented.

Each book in this series follows a reader-friendly question-and-answer format that anticipates readers’ needs and concerns. Prevalent myths and misconceptions are identified and dispelled, and a collection of case studies illustrates key concepts and issues through relatable stories and insightful recommendations. The book also includes a section on health literacy, equipping teens and young adults with practical tools and strategies for finding, evaluating, and using credible sources of health information both on and off the internet—important skills that contribute to a lifetime of healthy decision-making.


  • Makes the subject accessible to readers by means of a simple Q&A format
  • Helps readers hone their research and critical thinking skills in a Guide to Health Literacy section
  • Provides real-world examples of concepts discussed in the book through case studies
  • Dispels popular misconceptions in a Common Myths section and directs readers towards accurate information
  • Points readers towards additional books, organizations, and websites for further study and research in an annotated directory of resources
Justine J. Reel, PhD, LPC, CMPC, is associate dean for research and innovation and an exercise science professor in the College of Health and Human Services at the University of North Carolina–Wilmington. Her other Greenwood publications include Working Out: The Psychology of Sport and Exercise, Filling Up: The Psychology of Eating, and Eating Disorders: Understanding Causes, Controversies, and Treatment. In addition to recovering from an eating disorder herself, Dr. Reel has treated individuals with eating disorders in inpatient, residential, intensive outpatient, and private practice settings.


"The topics covered explore not just food-related issues, but problems connected to exercise addiction, the impact of social media on body image, interconnections with sexuality, and underlying psychological issues. . .High school students and undergraduates are the ideal audience for the volume."—ARBA, February 4, 2019

Q&A Health Guides

All of us have questions about our health. Is this normal? Should I be doing something differently? Whom should I talk to about my concerns?

Greenwood’s Q&A Health Guides series addresses the questions and concerns of young readers on a wide variety of physical and mental health topics in an authoritative yet still accessible way. Each title follows a simple question-and-answer format that makes finding accurate information fast and easy. A collection of engaging case studies offers real-world insights, while a guide to common myths and misconceptions dispels the most pervasive and potentially dangerous misinformation about a topic. Each volume is rounded out with a primer on health literacy to equip readers with the critical thinking and decision-making skills they need for a lifetime of healthy living.
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