10 24 2014
  6:32 am  
     •     
McMenamins

While there is much concern about childhood obesity in this country, there are also many children who suffer from the opposite condition – food intake disorders.

In her new book "Give Food a Chance: A new view on childhood eating disorders" Portland-based doctor and Reed College graduate Dr. Julie O'Toole, MD, MPH, draws from over a decade of clinical experience treating eating disorders in children and young adults. O'Toole rejects former theories that claim such disorders are caused by poor parenting, issues of control, rejection of adulthood or society's oppression of women. Instead, the author says that anorexia, in particular, is a chronic, highly heritable brain disorder.

O'Toole works at the Kartini Clinic in Portland, which led her to her new approaches for these common and destructive disorders.

"I initially wrote 'Give Food a Chance' as a detailed guide for clinicians who care for children with eating disorders," O'Toole said in a typed release. "It seemed to me at the time that a technical book written for doctors and nurse practitioners would best serve to spread the message of a new treatment paradigm. On reading it, my son Morgan suggested that my audience was all wrong. Write for those who care the most, he told me, write for parents. Parents, he suggested, will care most passionately about the details, will be most motivated to spread the word. Speak to them and they will speak to the doctors. Speak to them and the children will best be served."



Order a copy from The Skanner aStore: Books, Movies and Music

Commenting Guidelines

  • Keep it clean: Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually oriented language
  • No personal attacks: We reserve the right to remove offensive comments
  • Be truthful: Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything
  • Be nice: No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person
  • Help us: If you see an abusive post, let us know at info@theskanner.com
  • Keep to topic: We will remove irrelevant posts and spam
  • Share with us: We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts; the history behind an article

Recently Published by The Skanner News

  • Default
  • Title
  • Date
  • Random
load morehold SHIFT key to load allload all