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Gürze Books, LLC is a "Carlsbad, California based publishing company specializing on books addressing "eating disorders and "body image.

Gürze Books, LLC

The company was founded in 1980 by husband and wife, Leigh Cohn and Lindsey Hall, to publish their 31-page booklet Eat Without Fear on October 15, 1980, [1] "bulimia nervosa[2] drawing from Hall's experience recovering from bulimia. The booklet was later reworked and included in Bulimia: A Guide to Recovery,[3] which is cited as the first self-help book about bulimia.[4]

Hall and Cohn have been influential in bringing eating disorders to public attention, and have received recognition for their contributions to the field. On February 3, 1981, Lindsey appeared on “Hour Magazine” becoming the first person to discuss bulimia on national television.[2] They are on the Founders Council of the National Eating Disorders Association,[5] members of Academy of Eating Disorders,[6] received the 2005 Award for Service from the Eating Disorders Coalition,[7] and were given the Lori Irving Award for Excellence in Eating Disorders Prevention and Awareness by the National Eating Disorders Association in 2008.[8] Additionally, they were given honorary Certified Eating Disorders Specialist designations by the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals in 2007,[9] and Leigh served as president of the "Publishers Marketing Association from 1992–1993 (now the Independent Book Publishers Association), a non-profit trade association of 3,000 publishing companies throughout the United States.

Cohn has distinguished himself as one of the leading experts on males and eating disorders through his writings, media interviews (with MSNBC,[10] the New Yorker,[11] CBS News,[12] USA Today,[13] the New York Daily News,[14] and other sources), and numerous speaking appearances at professional conferences and universities[15] (including Ohio State University,[16] Iowa State University,[17] University of Nebraska,[18] California State University Northridge,[19] and many others). His book, Making Weight: Men’s Conflicts with Food, Weight, Shape & Appearance[20] was published by Gürze Books and coauthored by Arnold Andersen, MD, an extensively published researcher and professor emeritus at the University of Iowa, who previously wrote Males and Eating Disorders[21][22] and articles on eating disorders in more than 40 professional journals,[23] and by Thomas Holbrook, MD, a psychiatrist and recovering anorexic.[24]

Gürze Books has published more than 40 books by over 30 authors who are experts in the field of eating disorders, addressing topics including "anorexia nervosa, "bulimia nervosa, "binge eating, eating disorders in males, "self-esteem, "sexual abuse,[25] and recovery.[2][20][26][27][28] Gürze has also published an intimate biography of "Hilde Bruch Unlocking the Golden Cage[29] chronicling her historic contributions to modern psychology and work introducing anorexia nervosa to popular culture. Gürze also manages a bimonthly newsletter for professionals focusing on current research and treatment called Eating Disorders Review which has been in publication for over 20 years, and creates and distributes the annual Eating Disorders Resource Catalogue, a widely used resource in the eating disorders field. The catalogue includes names and addresses of national eating disorders organizations, listings of prominent treatment facilities, as well as a comprehensive listing of books from the field.[30]

The Origin of "Gürze"[edit]

Original soft sculpture dolls, Gürze featured on left

The word “Gürze” came to Lindsey in a dream in 1976 from which she awoke and wrote, “I met a woman whose name was Gürze. She had mink hair and was inhabited by seven animals.”[31] Using original batik designs and surgical gauze, she created a soft-sculpture doll of Gürze,[32] which led to the sales of more than 250,000 Gürze Designs dolls.[33] The dolls were featured on TV shows, such as “The Price is Right” (December 12, 1979) and “Mork and Mindy” and were pictured in magazines with celebrities such as "Robin Williams,[34] "Chaka Khan,[35] and "Arthur Ashe.[36] Although Lindsey did not speak any languages that used an umlaut, she was told that in a remote region of Bavaria, “Gürze” is used as a greeting with the literal translation, “I greet the God in you.”[33]


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  3. ^ Hall, Lindsey and Leigh Cohn. Bulimia: A Guide to Recovery (First Edition). Santa Barbara, CA: Gürze Books, 1986.
  4. ^ Musiat, Peter and Ulrike Schmidt. "Self-Help and Stepped Care in Eating Disorders." The Oxford Handbook of Eating Disorders. Ed. Agras, W. Stewart. New York: "Oxford University Press, 2010, p. 387
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  10. ^ Updated 21 minutes ago 11/10/2011 2:26:09 pm +00:00 (November 5, 2004). "More men may be facing eating disorders - Health - Men's health". MSNBC. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  11. ^ Colman, David (May 2, 2010). "Mannequin Maker Rootstein Debuts Their Latest Male Form—the "Homme Nouveau" – New York Magazine". Nymag.com. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  12. ^ "More Males Have Eating Disorders". CBS News. February 11, 2009. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Men now falling victim to eating disorders By BethAnne Black , HealthScoutNews Thomas Holbrook". USA Today. July 27, 2001. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
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  20. ^ a b Andersen, Arnold, Leigh Cohn, and Thomas Holbrook. Making Weight: Healing Men’s Conflicts with Food, Weight & Shape. Carlsbad, CA: Gürze Books, 2000.
  21. ^ Andersen, Arnold. Males and Eating Disorders. Philadelphia, PA: Routledge (Taylor & Francis), 1990.
  22. ^ Taylor & Francis (March 31, 1990). "Males With Eating Disorders (Hardback) – Taylor & Francis". Taylorandfrancis.com. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  23. ^ "Arnold Andersen – Johns Hopkins University (JHU) – SciVal Experts v3.6". Researchprofiles.collexis.com. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  24. ^ "Thinner: The Male Battle With Anorexia". New York Times. June 25, 2000. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  25. ^ Schwartz, Mark and Cohn, Leigh. Sexual Abuse and Eating Disorders. Philadelphia, PA: Routledge (Taylor & Francis), 1996.
  26. ^ Hall, Lindsey and Monika Ostroff. Anorexia Nervosa: A Guide to Recovery. Carlsbad, CA: Gürze Books, 1999.
  27. ^ Hall, Lindsey and Leigh Cohn. Self Esteem: Tools for Recovery. Carlsbad, CA: Gürze Books, 1990.
  28. ^ Hall, Lindsey and Leigh Cohn. Recoveries: True Stories of People Who Have Overcome Addictions and Compulsions. Carlsbad, CA: Gürze Books, 1987.
  29. ^ Bruch, Joanne Hatch. Unlocking the Golden Cage: An Intimate Biography of Hilde Bruch, MD. Carlsbad, CA: Gurze Books, 1996.
  30. ^ "Anorexia – Eating Disorders – Bulimia – About Us". Bulimia. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  31. ^ Holcombe, Chet. “Stanford graduate’s dream leads to doll of a business.” Santa Barbara News-Press, April 16, 1978.
  32. ^ The Stanford Alumni Almanac, Stanford Observer. Section 2, June, 1978.
  33. ^ a b Manner, Debra. “Helping others build self-esteem.” Carlsbad Journal. October 14, 1988.
  34. ^ People, March 16, 1981.
  35. ^ People, 1980
  36. ^ Sports Illustrated, September 3, 1979.
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