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The Eating Disorder Trap: A Guide for Clinicians and Loved Ones
In this excerpt from The Eating Disorder Trap, Robyn L. Goldberg, RDN, CEDRD-S, describes how malnutrition affects the heart.
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Robyn helps readers comprehend the mindset of someone trapped in an eating disorder. She describes the concept of how each person with an eating disorder has, over time, developed, an eating disorder self and how those trying to help them need to recognize this concept and work to strengthen the client’s underlying healthy self in order for them to recover…the Eating Disorder Trap is an easy-to-digest book that offers a look at important issues that must be dealt with for anyone wanting to understand or help those afflicted with an eating disorder.
– Carolyn Costin, MA, MED., MFT, CEDS, FAED
Founder of the Carolyn Costin Institute
Author of 8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder and The Eating Disorders Sourcebook.
The Eating Disorder Trap is an excellent guide for understanding the complexities of eating disorders, as it offers both in-depth insight and comprehensive information. By addressing medical, nutritional, psychological, and social issues it dispels myths, misinformation, and stigma surrounding a wide range of eating difficulties. I recommend it as a valuable resource for healthcare professionals, as well as for those who find themselves or their loved ones in this trap.
– Anita Johnston. Ph.D.
Author of Eating in the Light of the Moon
Emerging from Robyn Goldberg’s extensive clinical history treating countless clients, this book offers families, individuals, and clinicians a thoughtful overview of the entire spectrum of eating disorders. I appreciate her weight-inclusive approach and wise recommendations.
– Jennifer L. Gaudiani, MD, CEDS-S, FAED
Author of Sick Enough: A Guide to the Medical Complications of Eating Disorders
Founder & Medical Director Gaudiani Clinic
The Eating Disorder Trap is an essential resource that speaks to those suffering from an eating disorder. Robyn provides researched-based approaches and practices for her entire audience with clear explanations as to when and how to incorporate them and why they are effective.
The Eating Disorder Trap respects those suffering and equips those who can come alongside and support recovery in an empowering context of informed compassion. Not just a must-read…a must-use.
– Nancy L King, MS, RDN
Co-Author of Moving Away from Diets
Founder & Director Your Life Nutrition
Many books sit on a bookshelf collecting dust whereas a few get worn down with bent pages, highlights, and bookmarks for future reference because the book provides the right info in a deliverable manner. The Eating Disorder Trap: A Guide for Clinicians and Loved Ones by Robyn Goldberg will be the latter book for the health care provider who wants to work with eating disorders yet unsure how to proceed. I foresee this book becoming the groundwork for an eating disorder clinician’s foundation along with supervision
Robyn helps us understand that recovery is not the client or clinician’s burden rather a collective cultural issue that must also be challenged in order to support eating disorder recovery for all bodies. This book is inclusive of all genders and fat positive. This is THE book for any dietitian, doctor, therapist, or health care provider in training who may not necessarily even specialize in eating disorders It has the power to help future providers have a basic healing infrastructure to help people get access to the care they need. And that’s the change our culture so desperately needs.
– Julie Duffy Dillon MS, RDN, NCC, CEDRD-S
Host of The Love Food Podcast
Robyn L. Goldberg is a master at cultivating true healing from an eating disorder and this gift feels like her gift to the world.
I wish I’d had this book when I was in the grasp of anorexia nervosa and binge eating disorder. With compassion, know-how and skill she’s gleaned from many years in the eating disorder recovery field, Goldberg helps readers sort out the facts from fiction about dietary wellbeing for anyone who’s been affected or felt imprisoned by these insidious conditions.
The Eating Disorder Trap will help you turn down the voice of the eating disorder and step fully into your own.
– August McLaughlin
Author of Girl Boner and Host and creator of Girl Boner Radio
The Eating Disorder Trap is a timely publication, coming as it does as a stand-alone piece – addressing multiple essential topics for understanding, living with or treating individuals with an eating disorder.
The book, written in a casual, readable manner, is by no means simplistic; on the contrary, it is packed full with wisdom, research outcomes and a sensitive respect for professionals in the trenches and the patients and families they treat who struggle daily to win the battle against a deadly enemy that has invaded their lives.
Robyn has left no stone unturned. From naming the problem, to providing a glossary to ensure the use of a clear, non-shaming vocabulary for gender and body size and shape, to personalizing the variety of forms this insidious disorder may take, and by exploring the devastating assault on the body patients endure in their pursuit of perfection. In this sense she has created something very close to an encyclopedia – if an encyclopedia provided strategies, broke down complex concepts, and were thoughtfully written from both the brain and the heart. Woven throughout the text, a major takeaway for readers is recognition and appreciation for the pivotal role the dietitian contributes to every facet of treatment and recovery.
– Adrienne Ressler, LMSW, CEDS, F.iaedp
Vice President, Professional Development, The Renfrew Center Foundation
The Eating Disorder Trap is a call to action for all professionals. It raises awareness for any reader especially those in a position to recognize eating disorders in a timely fashion. Robyn busts many myths about eating disorders, nutrition, and weight issues. She spells out the perils of delayed or missed diagnosis. Finally, it lays out the multiple medical and psychological risks of eating disorders and yet there is an overall sense of hope throughout the book.
The book is both sobering and encouraging for sufferers, families, and professionals. I have enjoyed the choice of language, the reality, the clever illustrations, the tone, and the relevancy to the context in which we live today. This book feels like a conversation with a knowledgeable and caring friend or colleague who weaves in sound advice. It is an important book to read.
– Ovidio Bermudez, MD, FAAP, FSAHM, FAED, F.iaedp, CEDS
Chief Clinical Education Officer
Eating Recovery Center
In The Eating Disorder Trap, Robyn L. Goldberg, RDN, CEDRD-S, offers a clear and comprehensive picture of how eating disorders emerge and the challenges in treating them. Her book is accessible to general readers and full of insights for professional behavioral health veterans. One of the book’s important messages is the need to push back against weight shaming and rethink our demonization of fat. I recommend this book as a starting point and framework for thinking about how dietitians such as myself can develop a better means for meeting the nutritional needs of people in recovery from all types of eating disorders.
– Ralph E Carson, RD, CEDRD, Ph.D.
Author of The Brain Fix
Senior clinical and research advisor to the Eating Recovery Center
Comprehensive, orderly and backed by years of solid experience, Robyn Goldberg’s The Eating Disorder Trap: A Guide for Clinicians and Loved 0nes is your go-to for the facts on eating disorders!
– Kathryn Cortese, LCSW, ACSW, CEDS
Editor-In-Chief Gurze/Salucore Eating Disorders Resource Catalogue
This book offers something for everyone. The information is fundamental for all who are impacted by eating disorders. Whether you are someone suffering from an eating disorder, a family member or friend of a suffer, clinician, coach or teacher … you will find yourself flipping through this book to garner insights on a regular basis. Robyn has done an exceptional job of taking a complicated topic and dispensing essential information in a practical, easily understood fashion.
– Reba Sloan, MPH, LRD, FAED
Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders
Start here! The Eating Disorder Trap will help those with eating disorders, their loved ones, and clinicians new to the field find their path towards healing and helping.
– Leslie Schilling, RDN, CEDRD-S, Nutrition Therapist,
Creator & Coauthor of Born to Eat
This is one of the best books I have read in some time. Even beyond your professionals audience, it is presented in an format that a lay person would find this an easy read. The layout of the chapters allow one’s knowledge to develop in a progressive sensible manner. I found the updated information on statistics, diagnostics, nutrition, support and professional support convincingly informative. As an expert therapist in the field of eating disorders, The Eating Disorder Trap: A Guide for Clinicians and Loved Ones will be in my office as a standard read for consulting professionals, patients and family members. Congratulations on a job well done. As usual, your passion and dedication to the healing arts has produced an invaluable resource that will benefit professionals and individuals with eating disorders exceptionally well.
– James D. Runyan, MS, LMFT, LPC, CEDS, F. iaedp
Past President IAEDP
Everyone needs to read this book. It is an essential, comprehensive guide, chock full of practical and implementable tools. The Eating Disorder Trap: A Guide for Clinicians and Loved Ones is modern, progressive and eloquently dybunks the myths we have about eating disorders. Whether you need a strong starting place, or you are looking to advance your existing knowledge, Robyn’s guide is for you.
– Signe Darpinian, LMFT, CEDS-S
President SF Bay Area iaedp™Chapter
Co-author of No Weigh!
Robyn Goldberg’s, The Eating Disorder Trap: A Guide for Clinicians and Loved Ones, will not only benefit those with eating disorders, but the hundreds of millions of individuals known as ‘disordered eaters’.
She reminds us to address the sources of eating challenges in current times — weight stigma, the dieting culture, health fads and negative body image that bind millions of individuals in a collective consciousness of disordered eating, suffering and shame. Robyn Goldberg offers a compassionate, intelligent, and readable roadmap through the morass of finding ones’ way out, toward freedom.
– Francie White, Ph.D., RDN
Tending the Feminine Psyche—Eating Disorder Professional Trainings
Most treatment for people with eating disorders is delivered by clinicians without specialized training or experience with these complicated illnesses. The Eating Disorder Trap: A Guide for Clinicians and Loved Ones is a rich resource of both research knowledge and clinical wisdom about the assessment and treatment of eating disorders. Robyn translates complicated clinical and medical information into accessible and practical recommendations. This book provides well referenced and cutting edge information about the medical, nutritional and psychological aspects of these disorders, providing clinicians, patients, and families with the knowledge and perspective they need to support full recovery. This is a book I will recommend to clinicians, clients and their support team.
– Douglas W. Bunnell, Ph.D., CEDS-S
Fellow, Academy for Eating Disorders
The eating disorder field has needed this book for a long time. Robyn does an excellent job of providing a solid resource for providers and loved ones. She explains the seriousness, consequences and prevalence of eating disorder and provides examples of how to identify, assess and treat them in an easy to read and understandable way. Robyn dismantles nutrition myths and stresses that an ’empathetic collaboration’ between providers, clients and family is essential to recovery. Essential read for providers and loved ones.
– Stephanie Brooks, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S
Founder of Bay Area Nutrition LLC
As a physician specializing in eating disorders, I am always looking for comprehensive resources that are appropriate for educating medical colleagues as well as patients and family members. I think that Robyn does an excellent job of presenting complex issues associated with eating disorders in a way that is informative and easy to understand. I would highly recommend The Eating Disorder Trap for anyone who wants to expand their eating disorder knowledge
– Lesley Williams, MD, CEDS
Author of Free to Be Me: Self love for All Sizes
This long overdue book supports both professionals and loved ones with the facts about eating disorders and how to best support those affected by them.
– Anna M. Lutz, MPH, RDN, CEDRD-S
Owner, Lutz Alexander Nutrition Therapy
I love Robyn Goldberg’s passion in her book, The Eating Disorder Trap. The reader can tell she has extensive eating disorder experience, compassion for patients, and a desire to help build a supportive environment to guide their recovery. I highly recommend this book.
– Kathy King, RDN, LD, FAND
CEO, Helm Publishing, Inc.
The Eating Disorder Trap is a wonderful how-to guide for clinicians and loved ones! It’s full of helpful content that will equip clinicians and loved ones with the tools to best support individuals in recovery. I HIGHLY recommend this book!
– Jennifer Rollin, MSW, LCSW-C
Founder of The Eating Disorder Center
Robyn Goldberg provides a savvy, to the point and informative review of eating disorders and their nutritional effects on one’s body, soul and mind. The most powerful aspect of this book is the intended audience: the often uninformed and poorly educated (in evidenced based eating disorders treatment) clinician. I am grateful to have a resource to provide to these clinicians who may not work often with eating disorder clients but when they do can provide better informed treatment and know when to refer out as needed.
– Jill Sechi, MS, RD, CEDRD-S
Virtually every person with an eating disorder has been harmed in an unintentional way by a health professional or “expert” who did not know what they were doing. Robyn Goldberg’s The Eating Disorder Trap is a clearly written, authoritative, and much needed set of make-up lessons. With research-based knowledge and a refreshing sense of curiosity she skillfully guides the reader through the basics, such as defining eating disorders and understanding why they are so serious, why the medical and psychological systems often fail patients and their families, and why treatment requires specialized psychological, dietetic, and medical knowledge. Most important, perhaps, if you have ever wondered “What would it mean in my professional and personal life to focus on health, vitality, enjoyment, and well-being instead of BMI, and the dangerous pursuit of thinness-as-self-control?”, this book contains the rational and compassionate answers.
– Michael P. Levine, Ph.D., FAED
Fellow, Academy for Eating Disorders
Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Kenyon College
The reader is in for a much-needed new look at the complicated subject of eating disorders. The Eating Disorder Trap is written in an intimate yet relevant manner, Robyn shares and illuminates how eating disorders develop and progress with common sense explanations grounded in the most current research and science. Created to speak to coaches, teachers and those new to the field, even a seasoned expert will appreciate this as a review updated with practical and implementable tools and I will end up in the office and shared with many of my colleagues, parents, teachers and coaches. The Eating Disorder Trap should be the go-to for an easy-to-understand medical, psychological, and nutritional information.
– Pamela Kelle, RDN, CEDRD
This thorough, comprehensive book is a must read for coaches, teachers, or anyone working with teenagers and adults who wants to better understand the complex nature of eating disorders and how best to deal with those who struggle with this insidious disease. I’m so thrilled to have a tool to recommend to professionals on the “front lines” of taking care of our patients!
– Leslie Kaplan, M.D.
Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine
A must read for healthcare providers supporting clients or patients with eating disorders. Even after thirty one years of practice, I find this as my go-to resource for client interview questions, statistics for my lectures and targeted explanations about the psychological and physiological side effects of eating disorders. Robyn has made this book a very easy read and reference – not just for healthcare providers, but also for family members who would like to learn more about the triggers and complications that can come about from having an eating disorder. Robyn includes helpful language for providers so they don’t leave a client feeling shamed.
– Diana Lipson-Burge, RDN, CEDRD
The Eating Disorder Trap is a brilliant edition to the books in the current field of eating disorders with highlighting Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa. The nutrition chapters are a standout and will be a wonderful resource for years to come.
– Melainie Rogers, MS RDN, CDN, CEDRD-S
Founder and CEO of Balance Treatment Center
A useful, inviting, and all-inclusive guide to eating disorders.
– Kirkus Reviews