What You Need to Know about Eating Disorders
by Jessica Bartley and Melissa Streno
January 2020, 145pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-6239-7
$40, 34€, A58
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-6240-3
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At least 30 million individuals in the United States are currently suffering from an eating disorder.

This book provides readers with information to better understand eating disorders, written in accessible language for teens and young adults—those most at risk for these potentially deadly mental disorders.

Eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder, are some of the most commonly diagnosed mental disorders. They are also the deadliest: in the United States, an individual dies as the result of an eating disorder every hour.

What You Need to Know about Eating Disorders is a part of Greenwood’s Inside Diseases and Disorders series. This series profiles a variety of physical and psychological conditions, distilling and consolidating vast collections of scientific knowledge into concise, readable volumes. A list of “top 10” essential questions begins each book, providing quick-access answers to readers’ most pressing concerns. The text follows a standardized, easy-to-navigate structure, with each chapter exploring a particular facet of the topic. In addition to covering basics such as causes, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options, books in this series delve into issues that are less commonly addressed but still critically important, such as effects on loved ones and caregivers. Case illustrations highlight key themes discussed in the book, accompanied by insightful analyses and recommendations.


  • The text approaches the subject in a holistic manner, covering such often-overlooked areas as societal perceptions and the impact on family and friends
  • An Essential Questions section provides quick answers to the questions that readers are most likely to have and serves as a springboard to explore the content of the book in more detail
  • Case Illustrations provide relatable, real-world examples of concepts discussed in the text
  • An annotated Directory of Resources points readers toward useful books, organizations, and websites, acting as a gateway to further study and research
Jessica Bartley is a clinical assistant professor in the sport and performance psychology program and director of the Center for Performance Excellence at the University of Denver. She is also contracted as a sport psychologist with several Olympic athletes and teams through the United States Olympic Committee and is a member of a group private practice focused on sport and performance consulting. Dr. Bartley holds an MA in sport and performance psychology as well as a doctorate in clinical psychology, with an emphasis in sport and performance psychology and behavioral therapy, from the University of Denver.

Melissa Streno is a clinical psychologist at EDCare, an eating disorder treatment facility in Denver. She is also an adjunct professor in sport and performance psychology in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of Denver and is a part of a group private practice focused on sport and performance consulting. Dr. Streno earned her PsyD in clinical psychology from the University of Denver's Graduate School of Professional Psychology. She also earned an MA in sport and performance psychology from the University of Denver.

Inside Diseases and Disorders

Greenwood’s Inside Diseases and Disorders series explores some of the key diseases and disorders, both physical and psychological, affecting the world today. Each book examines a condition holistically, covering such topics as signs and symptoms, causes and risk factors, diagnosis and management, and prevention. They also address broader issues of vital importance, including the effects on family and friends and medical and societal controversies related to the condition. Every book lists 10 “essential questions” readers are likely to have and features engaging case studies that offer real-world insights.
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