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The Invisible Man : A Self-help Guide for Men With Eating Disorders, Compulsive Exercise and Bigorexia - John F. Morgan

The Invisible Man

A Self-help Guide for Men With Eating Disorders, Compulsive Exercise and Bigorexia

Paperback Published: 14th February 2008
ISBN: 9781583911501
Number Of Pages: 184

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Increasingly boys and men are suffering with eating disorders and related body image problems. Some have full-blown conditions such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia, binge eating, compulsive exercising or bigorexia. Others are distressed by slightly lesser degrees of disordered eating or over-exercise and seek ways of overcoming their problems.

The Invisible Man applies the latest research to produce a practical, problem-focused self-help manual for men with eating disorders and body image problems. Divided into four sections, this evidence-based survival kit covers:

  • the wider cultural context of male body image problems
  • features unique to men
  • science fact and science fiction
  • a 7 stage approach to treatment.

By combining the science of cognitive behaviour therapy with motivational enhancement and problem-solving therapies, The Invisible Man provides help to all men with body image disorders, as well as families and professionals involved in their care.

"An exceptionally experienced and expert clinician has given us an exceptionally useful book to guide boys and men in understanding and healing eating disorders, compulsive exercise, and uniquely male body image disorders." - Arnold Andersen, Professor of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of Iowa, USA "In 'The Invisible Man', John Morgan makes a powerful case for meeting the particular needs of men affected by eating disorders. It can be difficult for anyone to seek help - but the problem is so much greater for young men who develop what many people mistakenly consider is a female problem. Morgan combines theory and practical help in a highly readable style." - Susan Ringwood, Chief Executive Officer of BEAT "The book has many excellent attributes - none more so than the chapter on healthy habits, providing clinicians with some excellent tools with which to work. It is written in an informative style, without being overly academic. There is also an excellent resource section with some useful websites. This book will ensure that we can no longer use our lack of knowledge as an excuse for avoiding the problems of male eating disorders. Highly recommended." - Nursing Standard, April 22(34) 2008 "B-EAT the principal UK charity for eating disorders, recommends this book as an important resource for anyone wishing to understand these particular men's issues. I second that recommendation." - Carl Eaton, Healthcare Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal, January 2009

List of illustrationsp. vii
Forewordp. viii
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xii
Fat is more than a feminist issuep. 1
Snakes and ladders: barriers to recoveryp. 3
Stories from the past: the first case of anorexia nervosa and Lord Byron's eating disorderp. 10
Do you have a body image disorder?p. 15
Anorexia nervosap. 17
Bulimia nervosa and binge eatingp. 26
Muscle dysmorphia (bigorexia)p. 36
Obesityp. 45
Science fiction and science factp. 55
What causes body image disorders in men?p. 57
Compulsive exercise - when does exercise become unhealthy?p. 70
The poisoned chalice - anabolic steroid abusep. 76
Physical health and body image disordersp. 85
Mental health and body image disordersp. 92
The role of culture: 'fat is not just a feminist issue'p. 99
Seven stages to recoveryp. 103
Stage 1: Motivation - a cost-benefit analysis of recoveryp. 105
Stage 2: Sharing the secretp. 116
Stage 3: Healthy habitsp. 123
Stage 4: Thinking straightp. 138
Stage 5: Feeling goodp. 149
Stage 6: Seeking professional help - a consumer's guidep. 153
Stage 7: Remaining well - sadder and wiserp. 162
Conclusionsp. 165
Resourcesp. 166
Referencesp. 169
Indexp. 171
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ISBN: 9781583911501
ISBN-10: 1583911502
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 14th February 2008
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1