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NOVEMBER 30-DECEMBER 6, 2016 | GOODTIMES.SC | SANTACRUZ.COM

MIRROR BREAKTHROUGH Santa Cruz therapist Andrea Wachter wrote ‘Getting Over Overeating for Teens,’ which comes out Dec. 1, to help adolescents talk about body image and eating disorders. PHOTO: COURTESY OF ANDREA WACHTER

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Local therapist Andrea Wachter’s new book focuses on how to talk to teens about eating disorders BY ANNE-MARIE HARRISON

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few years ago, licensed marriage and family therapist Andrea Wachter encountered a patient who, even after 25 years in her field, she never expected to treat: a weight-obsessed 6 year old. In fact, Wachter started getting

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calls from several doctors in Santa Cruz County asking for help with 6- and 7-year-olds obsessed with toning their abs, or telling their parents they felt fat. She published Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Breaking the ‘I Feel Fat’ Spell and The Don’t Diet, Live-It Workbook with Marsea

Marcus in June 2016 so that there’d be something for kids that age to relate to. Her latest book, Getting Over Overeating for Teens, comes out Dec. 1 and is geared for the next stage of development—adolescents the same age Wachter was when she first developed an eating disorder.

Wachter says she began dabbling in diets at age 12, and by 17 had a full-blown eating disorder. “I kept trying different diets: protein shakes, cutting out fats, lowering carbs, counting calories, fasting— every fad known to man and woman. Eventually I discovered bulimia and

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