If there is one thing I can say about Dr. Julie O’Toole’s new book, “Give Food a Chance”, it is that it should be required reading for every medical student, treating professional and parent/loved one.
Written in challenging yet concise, definitive language, “Give Food a Chance” earns its endorsement from Laura Collins Lyster Mensh, founder of FEAST-ED.org, author of “Eating with your Anorexic”, parent of an anorexia survivor, and longtime advocate of family-based treatment: “There are books one recommends to strangers, and those one presses on friends. I will be showing ‘Give Food a Chance’ to my friends and enemies alike, and I look forward to the discussion it will initiate. O’Toole presents a conflict for all of us: We can either remain stuck in old and ineffective ideas or have the courage to reject them.”
I wholeheartedly agree with Laura, who also just happens to be one of my longtime writing mentors and a personal hero.
When I first received “Give Food a Chance”, the title tugged at my heartstrings. I remembered that when I was in the midst of my own recovery journey, I wanted more than anything to give food a chance…but I just couldn’t.