Book Recommendations

A selection of our favorite literary resources for individuals, families and providers.

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Books for Body Image and Self Worth

Love Your Body: Change the Way You Feel About the Body You Have
By Tami Brannon-Quan and Lisa Licavoli

Body Image Workbook: An 8-Step Program for Learning to Like Your Looks
By Thomas Cash

Self-Esteem Comes in All Sizes; How to Be Happy and Healthy at Your Natural Weight
By Carol Johnson and Gary Foster

The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love

By Sonya Renee Taylor

Books on Food Lifestyle

The Anti Diet: Reclaim your Time, Money, Well-Being and Happiness Through Intuitive Eating

By Christy Harrison

Intuitive Eating Workbook

By Evelyn Tribole

teaches a healthy relationship with food, mind, body; approach used by some treatment centers and clinicians in the treatment of eating disorders. 

The F**k It Diet

By Caroline Dooner.

Crave: Why You Binge Eat and How to Stop

By Dr Cynthia Bulik

Providing a set of easy-to-implement “curb the crave” techniques that has empowered patients to triumph over their binge eating. 

Books for Children and Caregivers

When Your Child Has an Eating Disorder: A Step by Step Workbook for Parents and Other Caregivers
By Abigail Nateshon

Your Child’s Weight: Helping Without Harming, Birth through Adolescence
By Ellyn Satter

Surviving an Eating Disorder: New Perspectives and Strategies for Family and Friends
By Michele Siegel, Judith Brisman, and Margot Weinshel

A Very Hungry Girl
By Jessica Weiner​

Give Food a Chance: Childhood Eating Disorders: A treatment manual for parents and providers. 

By Dr Julie O’Toole

Based on Dr O’Toole’s years of clinical experience. 

Full Mouse, Empty Mouse: A Tale of Food and Feelings
By Dina Zeckhausen
One mouse tries eating more food to soothe his distress, and the other stops eating altogether. Helps kids (ages 7–12) realize the importance of talking about feelings and finding comfort in healthy ways.

Shapesville 
By Andy Mills
Five friends of various shapes, sizes, colors, and talents honor what makes each of them unique. Teaches children (ages 3–8) about body image, diversity, and size-esteem.

Brave Girl Eating 

By Harriet Brown 

A glimpse into life with a child who has ED. 

Throwing Starfish Across the Sea

By Laura Collins and Charlotte Bevan

A primer for parents and caregivers. 

Eating with Your Anorexic

By Laura Collins 

Skills-based Learning for Caring for a Loved One with an Eating Disorder

By Janet Treasure

A guide to feeding and responding to your loved one. 

Just Tell Her to Stop

By Becky Henry

Help in identifying signs of eating disorders, health issues, impact on families, comorbidities, as well as help in overcoming fear and being overwhelmed. 

Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder

By James Locke and Daniel LaGrange

Provides the tools you need to build a united family front that attacks the illness to ensure that your child develops nourishing eating habits and life-sustaining attitudes, day by day, meal by meal. 

Parenting a Child Who Has Intense Emotions: Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills to Help Your Child Regulate Emotional   Outbursts and Aggressive Behaviors

By Pat Harvey

An effective guide to de-escalating your child's emotions and helping your child express feelings in productive ways. 

Anorexia and Other Eating Disorders

By Eva Musby

Eva draws on her family's successful use of evidence-based treatment to empower you to support your child through recovery. 

Please Eat… A Mother’s Struggle to Free her Teenage Son From Anorexia

By Bev Mattocks

An inspirational account of how Bev watched helplessly as her son transformed into someone she didn’t recognize, physically and mentally, and how he slowly recovered with the help of his parents and therapist. 

My Kid is Back

By June Alexander

Ten families share their experiences of living with anorexia. Includes using the Maudsley family-based treatment approach, plus expert advice and strategies

Treating Bulimia in Adolescents: A Family-Based Approach

By Dr James Lock and Dr Daniel le Grange

A helpful resource for parents with children with purging type anorexia as well as bulimia. 

I Will Not Give Up on My Daughter

By Anna Begone

A remarkably honest and chilling account of the anxiety and darkness that descends on a family when one of its members   becomes a victim of anorexia

Eating Disorder Recovery for Adults

 

Books by Jenni Schaefer: Life Without EdGoodbye Ed, Hello Me; Almost Anorexic

By Jenni Schaefer

Hopeful stories of recovery. Introduces the concept of "Ed" in treatment and recovery.

Life Beyond Your Eating Disorder 

By Johanna Kandel

A guide book for the journey back to health, filled with hope, insight and tools, inspirational. 

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

Anita A. Johnston PhD.

When Food Is Love: Exploring the Relationship Between Eating and Intimacy

By Geneen Roth

Explores how dieting and emotional eating often become a substitute for intimacy.

Decoding Anorexia: How Breakthroughs in Science Offer Hope for Eating Disorders

By Carrie Arnold

An accessible, science based approach to understanding Anorexia.

Shattered Image: My Triumph Over Body Dysmorphic Disorder

By Brian Cuban

A resource for eating disorders in men. 

Co-dependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself

By Melody Beattie

If, like so many, you’ve lost sight of your own life in the drama of tending to someone else’s, you may be co-dependent. 

Stop Walking on Eggshells: Taking Your Life Back When Someone You Care about Has Borderline Personality Disorder

By Paul Mason and Randi Kreger 

Although the book is directed towards coping with individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder, it has many helpful ideas that can help when dealing with ED. 

Rehabilitate, Rewire, Recover! Anorexia Recovery for the Determined Adult

By Tabitha Farrar

Nutritional rehabilitation to heal the body and "turn off" the anorexia response. Neural rewiring to shift neural pathways of restriction, exercise compulsions, and anorexia-generated thoughts and behaviors in the brain.

Sick Enough

By Dr Jennifer L  Gaudiani MD, CEDS, FAED

A guide to the medical complications of eating disorders. 

Gurze Books

http://gurzebooks.com/

Gürze Books, LLC is a trade book publishing company that has specialized in eating disorders since 1980.

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