Help for parents of children and adolescents suffering from anorexia and other eating disorders

Welcome parents, welcome clinicians!

I help parents to support a son or daughter suffering from an eating disorder, in particular anorexia nervosa.

Parents, did you know that you are the most precious and effective person for your child’s recovery?

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The resources I offer here give parents both practical know-how and emotional support.

They are in line with the most well-researched approach to treating children and adolescents and possibly beyond: family therapy for eating disorders. Clinicians, I invite you to complement your knowledge and tap into the wealth of resources here to deliver the best possible family-based treatment.

I offer you:

I’m Eva Musby, I’m a parent and I began this journey when my daughter was struck by anorexia age 10. I’ve been gathering expertise on this topic for over 7 years. I keep myself updated so that you can guide a precious person out of their internal hell right away.

I’m linked up with worldwide communities of parents, and with eating disorders experts who highly recommend my resources to their clients.

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The resources here will save you years of research and will prevent you going down blind alleys. I want to save you wasting time and struggling unnecessarily the way I did at first. Eating disorders need action fast. I’m here to help you find out what you can do that will make all the difference.

>“If only I had had Eva’s books/website/YouTube when my daughter was first struggling, the NHS could have saved so much money.”

(From a parent’s written feedback at one of my workshops)

 

Where to now?

There’s tons of help on this website — even entire chapters from my book, to get you going right away!

The table of contents is here, and another way to hit the ground running is to hop over to the FAQs.

Oh, and sign up to my mailing list and subscribe to my YouTube so you know when new resources come up.

And parents, do tell your clinicians about this site, so other families get this help too.

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What you’ll find on this site

  • the information you need in a hurry
  • practical advice backed up by research from the top scientists in the field
  • >the know-how I and scores of parents all over the world have gathered from therapists and from personal experience
  • the companionship of someone who knows what it’s like, providing hope and confidence

I wish you and yours heaps of good things!

Eva

>“If only I had had Eva’s books/website/YouTube when my daughter was first struggling, the NHS could have saved so much money.”

(From a parent’s written feedback at one of my workshops)

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24 thoughts on “Help for parents of children and adolescents suffering from anorexia and other eating disorders

  1. Janice Densley said:

    Thank you so much for the most practical advice on helping me work through the nightmare we are trying to muddle and chip away at. My daughter has been unwell for six years. Please tell me where I can buy your book . Thank you for the most practical advice I’ve every come across.
    Warm regards
    Janice Densley

    • Eva Musby said:

      Dear Janice
      I’m so glad you are getting something practical to help you make some inroads. My book will be available as a paperback or as an ebook from this site or from Amazon. The harder question is ‘When’. I am doing some final editing right now, so hopefully not much longer now.

  2. Anonymous said:

    I found your website a few days ago, when I was at a very low ebb. It felt like my daughter’s anorexia was winning the battle and after almost 3 years I had no strength left to fight it. In desperation I googled “How can you get an anorexic to eat?” and came up with your website. I can’t thank you enough for your practical advice and tips, which made total sense to me, and allowed me to begin again with renewed purpose. I have found the bungee jumping analogy and the dialogue scripts particularly helpful, and my daughter has started eating again. It is so good to read advice from someone who knows exactly what we are going through. I have recommend your website to our family therapist and will be buying your book so that it is at hand whenever I need some more encouragement.

    • Wow, that is just wonderful. I am overjoyed. Thanks for telling me. And all my best wishes for new successes.

  3. Fantastic said:

    Hi there.
    Just came upon your Bungee jump video that was posted on another site I visit called iceberg.ie.
    What an amazingly great “voice” you have. I found the video so helpful and heve read as much as possible on your site. So enlightening. Really answered some of my questions. Our 18 year old is dealing with trying to claw her way out of anorexia. It’s had her for the last 3 years, badly.
    You need to get that book out !!!
    Maybe you already have I will check, but I just want you to know I’ve learned more in the last hour with your website than I have from our twice weekly sessions with the therapist.
    Thank you so much.
    X

    • Thanks for your enthusiasm. I hope what you’re learning here will help you heaps with your daughter, and I wish you both lots of hope and successes.
      And how about letting your therapist know about this resource? It’s good to have teamwork, plus, it may help other parents.
      Do let me know, if you like, how you get on.
      Love
      Eva

      • Fantastic said:

        Hi again,
        There’s no way I’m not going to let her know. I’ve found it so helpful to find someone to come at this disorder from the parents side. I really can’t thank you enough Eva.
        Our daughter even thanked me tonight for being so understanding and patient. Result !!!

  4. Martha said:

    My son suffers from anorexia and I’d just like to say how amazing our CAMHS nurses, psychiatrist and medical staff have been. Just the best. We feel safe, secure and well informed. They are taking huge care of our family through the most difficult of times.

    • How absolutely wonderful! I am really glad for you and for all the other families they support.

  5. Chris said:

    Your book , journey and resources have been invaluable
    Thank you for sharing
    We are almost one year dealing with anorexia and our 15 yr old daughter
    We just had a relapse so I am vowing to really work on compassion and empathy like never before!

    • It’s really kind of you to give me that feedback. If it’s not quite a year maybe it’s not so much a relapse as a little bit of unfinished business. A bit more time for brain healing? Maybe a few fear foods or fearful situations that are still creating stresses? Either way, I’m sending you my wishes for you all to get through this one with great big helpings of compassion all round.

  6. Gill said:

    I downloaded your book last night and sat up reading it till I fell asleep at 1 am! I’m only a quarter of the way through it but already I feel differently and much more confident about my ability to help my child through this. I wish I’d heard about it earlier and I will certainly recommend it to our psychologist (who is excellent by the way) for her to recommend to other families. I know we have a long way to go but what I’ve read so far has helped so much already. Thank you 🙂

    • Gill, I am really really pleased that you are gaining confidence that you can help your child. Thank you for letting me know, and also for spreading the word. May you have some successes already today, on which to build on!

  7. Hi Eva,

    I am a recovered ED patient and freelance journalist. I’m doing some investigations into inpatient care across the UK and I would really, really value your input. Would you be able to speak with me about this?

  8. alana said:

    Eva your book and you tube videos have been absolute life savers to our family. We can’t thank you enough you have given us invaluable information and hope at the darkest of times. We were advised by our therapists right at the start of our D illness to read your book. I’m so glad we did you gave us tools and strategies to cope in so many situations. Thankyou.X

    • Fantastic! Thank you for the feedback. And it’s great to hear that your therapists trust my book.

  9. Ofelia ayala said:

    Hi Eva am a por person i have a daughter with anorexia and my daughter can not receive more atttention, l can have a password to read your book is very interesting and this help me a lot thanks God there are people like you l appreciate it.

  10. mrscar said:

    This book has hit the nail on the head. Our therapist had shared video’s from you (although I had already found them) I referenced the book a few times and she is currently reading it.. It is so inline with what she has been leading us through.. I can’t imagine she won’t find it a valuable resource.

    My daughter just turned 11.. and it is the first reading I have found that starts at that place. We did not go to the hospital.. and are in Family Based Treatment.. but your home experience seems to be at the same place.. sometimes I think you stole my story.. you were in my living room. The book gave us the confidence to turn the corner and start to see weight gain.

    Still struggling with getting her to increase amounts and “forbidden food”

    • I’m so glad my book helped you turn the corner. I hope things are getting better all the time. Thank you so much for writing in!

  11. mrscar said:

    I forgot one important question.. have you had any experience with parents of twins. My daughter is a twin and its like having a mirror in the room with you all the time. She is constantly trying to feed her sister.. she does have a broken record in her head… from way back.. and it really wasn’t relevant when the disorder hit. She remembers “I can’t tell you apart, but I know J is the heavier one.: She has a strange paranoia that she will get heavier than her sister….. even though they have really both been close …

    • I know of parents with twins but haven’t picked up enough to help you there. I guess we all have “scripts” or stories from our childhood, so “I’m the heavy one in this family” (or “I’m the least-loved of us twins”?) would be one of them. Different psychotherapy approaches (or life?) are more or less successful at helping us let go of our scripts.

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