Recommended Books About Eating Disorders

8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder: Effective Strategies from Therapeutic Practice and Personal Experience (8 Keys to Mental Health)


Author: Carolyn Costin

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A unique and personal look into treatment of eating disorders, written by a therapist and her former patient, now a therapist herself.

Eating in the Light of the Moon: How Women Can Transform Their Relationship with Food Through Myths, Metaphors, and Storytelling


Author: Anita A. Johnston PhD. 

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By weaving practical insights and exercises through a rich tapestry of multicultural myths, ancient legends, and folktales, Anita Johnston helps the millions of women preoccupied with their weight discover and address the issues behind their negative attitudes toward food.

Intuitive Eating


Author: Evelyn Tribole

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First published in 1995, Intuitive Eating has become the go-to book on rebuilding a healthy body image and making peace with food. We’ve all been there—angry with ourselves for overeating, for our lack of willpower, for failing at yet another diet. But the problem is not us; it’s that dieting, with its emphasis on rules and regulations, has stopped us from listening to our bodies.

Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too


Author: Jenni Schaefer 

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The 10th Anniversary Edition of the book that has given hope and inspiration to thousands who are dealing with eating disorders 

The Body Image Workbook: An Eight-Step Program for Learning to Like Your Looks


Author: Thomas Cash PhD

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The Body Image Workbook offers a comprehensive program to help you stop focusing on your perceived imperfections and start feeling more confident about the way you look.

What's Eating You?: A Workbook for Teens with Anorexia, Bulimia, and other Eating Disorders


Author: Tammy Nelson PhD

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This workbook takes aim at the motivations behind your relationship with food and helps you to better understand how your need to control what you eat can end up controlling you. As you complete the worksheets in What's Eating You, you'll learn more about the beliefs and experiences that contribute to your disorder.

The Food and Feelings Workbook: A Full Course Meal on Emotional Health


Author: Karen R. Koenig

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An extraordinary, powerful connection exists between feeling and feeding that, if damaged, may lead to one relying on food for emotional support, rather than seeking authentic happiness. This unique workbook takes on the seven emotions that plague problem eaters — guilt, shame, helplessness, anxiety, disappointment, confusion, and loneliness — and shows readers how to embrace and learn from their feelings. 

The Rules of "Normal" Eating: A Commonsense Approach for Dieters, Overeaters, Undereaters, Emotional Eaters, and Everyone in Between!


Author: Karen R. Koenig

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Written in easy-to-understand, everyday language, The Rules of "Normal" Eating lays out the four basic rules that "normal" eaters follow instinctively — eating when they're hungry, choosing foods that satisfy them, eating with awareness and enjoyment, and stopping when they're full or satisfied. 

The Parent's Guide to Eating Disorders: Supporting Self-Esteem, Healthy Eating, and Positive Body Image at Home


Authors: Marcia Herrin Ed.D. M.P.H. R.D. and Nancy Matsumoto 

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The Parent's Guide to Eating Disorders shows that effective solutions begin at home and cost little more than a healthy investment of time, effort, and love. Based on exciting new research, it differs from similar books in several key ways. 

The Secret Language of Eating Disorders: How You Can Understand and Work to Cure Anorexia and Bulimia


Author: Peggy Claude-Pierre 

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Peggy Claude-Pierre, founder of the world-renowned eating disorders program at the Montreux Clinic in Victoria, Canada, reveals her groundbreaking theories on the ultimate cure for anorexia and bulimia—illnesses that current medicine treats with little success.