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Psychological Responses to Eating Disorders and Obesity: Recent and Innovative Work

Julia Buckroyd (Editor), Sharon Rother (Co-Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-470-06164-0
204 pages
March 2008
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This is an edited book that brings together many of the most distinguished researchers and clinicians in the field of food misuse. The papers included are drawn from the conferences on psychological approaches to eating disorders and obesity held at the University of Hertfordshire in 2005 and 2006. It presents current research while focusing on the application of this new knowledge. 

It covers both eating disorders and obesity in one volume, thus positioning obesity firmly at one end of the food misuse continuum. Chapters will cover subjects such as psychological and cultural aspects of food use, using CBT for treating eating disorders, and CBT group therapy for obesity.

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Table of Contents

About the Editors.

List of Contributors.


Introduction – Psychological Responses to Eating Disorders and Obesity: An Overview (Julia Buckroyd and Sharon Rother).

1 The Many Meanings of Food and their Impact on Eating Behaviour (Jane Ogden).


2 Using an Evidence-Based Approach to Develop New Tailored Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa  (Carolina Lopez, Marion Roberts, Ana Sepulveda and Janet Treasure).

3 Eating Disorders: Breaking the Intergenerational Cycle through Group Therapy – The Effects of the Group Experience (Sarah Barnett, Julia Buckroyd and Karen Windle).


4 Current Thinking on Working with People with Bulimia Nervosa and Bulimic Disorders (Glenn Waller).

5 Addressing Emotions in the Eating Disorders: Schema Mode Work (Emma Corstorphine).


6 Psychological Group Treatment for Obese Women  (Julia Buckroyd and Sharon Rother).

7 Food for the Soul: Social and Emotional Origins of Comfort Eating in the Morbidly Obese  (Patricia Goodspeed Grant).

8 Cognitive Behaviour Group Therapy for Obesity and Binge Eating Disorder (Saskia Keville, Verity Byrne, Madeleine Tatham and Gerry McCarron).

9 A Feminist, Psychotherapeutic Approach to Working with Women who Eat Compulsively (Colleen Heenan).

10 Changes in Eating Behaviour following Group Therapy for Women who Binge Eat: A Pilot Study (Deborah Seamoore, Julia Buckroyd and David Stott).


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Author Information

Julia Buckroyd is Professor of Counseling at the University of Hertfordshire and Director of the Obesity and Eating Disorders Research Unit. The Unit was established in 2005 and focuses on the development of psychological responses to disordered eating of all kinds. She trained first as a counsellor and then as a psychotherapist and has worked clinically in the field of eating disorders since 1984. Her interest in obesity grew out of her work with eating disordered young women and she has brought to it many of the psychological perspectives current in that field. She began carrying out research into the treatment obesity in 1999 and has developed an ongoing portofo9lio of research projects. She has co-authored, with Sharon Rother, Therapeutic Groups for Obese Women (2007).

Sharon Rother is a Lecturer in Counselling at the University of Hertfordshire and Research Coordinator for the Obesity and Eating Disorders research Unit. She completed an MA in Counselling Inquiry for which she investigated recovery in anorexics, She trained as a counsellor and currently continues a practice, specialising in working with eating disordered and obese people. She has worked in the field of obesity research with Julia Buckroyd since 2002. She has co-authored, with Julia Buckroyd, Therapeutic Groups for Obese Women (2007).

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“The programs outlined here will be of vital interest to those exploring the internal dynamics of eating disorders and obesity. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Graduate students and professionals.” (CHOICE, March 2009)
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