Activities to Help You Stop Bingeing and Purging
Innovative Resource for Helping Teens Manage Disordered Eating!
Excellent Aid for Treatment Centers and Both Individual and Group Therapy!
In a culture with an unrealistic beauty ideal and a dysfunctionally high overemphasis on looks as a valued personal asset, socially hungry teens go to any lengths to create a body of the “right” size.
Bingeing and purging are attempts at managing life that end up damaging both body and soul. These are habits that hang on hard. This book provides ways to work out of disordered behaviors by attacking them on more than one level.
The 42 eating disorder therapy activities in The Bulimia Workbook for Teens take recovery beyond pencil and paper to present therapeutic exercises in six categories of healing:
- “Think” – Asks readers to personalize the activity by reflecting on and recording their own thoughts and behaviors related to the particular concept.
- “Speak” – Promotes integration of the material through verbalization and discussion.
- “Imagine” – Helps readers to lower anxiety related to change and rehearse new behaviors in a relaxed state through visualization.
- “Act” – Encourages readers to choose and act out new behaviors, whether symbolically or in real-life situations.
- “Create” – Uses expressive art techniques to practice self-soothing, release affect, experience a sense of mastery, and symbolically create change and separation from bulimia.
- “Transcend” – Helps reader to see themselves and their behaviors from a bigger perspective.
Activities address critical issues that fuel disordered eating such as self-esteem, body image, managing feelings, problem-solving, relationship and communication skills, self-acceptance and finding inner peace.
“Five stars. Very helpful and greatly written! This is an awesome book for teenagers who have this eating disorder. Extremely well-written and full of great advice and facts!”
“Teens should feel very validated to have the worksheets in this book. Each one is like a supportive hug.”
—Joan Mrozek, clinical leader at Linden Oaks Behavioral Health Hospital
*Over one-half of teenage girls and nearly one-third of teenage boys use unhealthy weight control behaviors such as skipping meals, fasting, smoking cigarettes, vomiting and taking laxatives.*
—(Neumark-Sztainer, D. (2005). I’m, Like, SO Fat! New York: Guilford