Resources List: Recommended Reading

Almost Anorexic: Is My (or My Loved One’s) Relationship with Food a Problem by Jennifer J. Thomas, Ph.D., and Jenni Schaefer

Anorexia Nervosa: A Guide to Recovery – by Lindsey Hall, Leigh Cohn
Body Wars – by Margo Maine

The Brain Fix: What's the Matter with Your Gray Matter: Improve Your Memory by Ralph E. Carson
Bulimia: A Guide for Families and Friends – by Robert Trattner Sherman, PhD & Ron A. Thompson, PhD

Bulimia: A Guide to Recovery – by Lindsey Hall, Leigh Cohn
Dads and Daughters – by Joe Kelly
Decoding Anorexia: How Breakthroughs in Science Offer Hope for Eating Disorders – by Carrie Arnold
Eating Disorders:  A Guide to Medical Care and Complications – by Philip S. Mehler, M.D. & Arnold E. Anderson, M.D.
Eating Disorders Sourcebook: A Comprehensive Guide to the Causes, Treatments, and Prevention of Eating Disorders – by Carolyn Costin
Eating in the Light of the Moon: How Women Can Transform Their Relationships With Food Through Myths, Metaphors and Storytelling – by Anita A. Johnston, PhD
Father Hunger: Fathers, Daughters and Food  – by Margo Maine
Get Out of You Mind and in to Your Life – by Steven Hayes and Spencer Smith

Goodbye Ed, Hello Me: Recover from Your Eating Disorder and Fall in Love with Life by Jenni Schaefer

Gorge: My Journey Up Kilimanjaro at 300 Pounds Paperback –by Kara Richardson Whitely
Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder – by James Lock and Daniel LeGrange
Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence From Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too – by Jennie Schaefer, Thom Rutledge
Making Peace With Your Plate: Eating Disorder Recovery – by Robyn Cruze & Espra Andrus, LCSW
Making Weight: Healing Men's Conflicts with Food, Weight, Shape and Appearance – by Arnold Andersen, KS, Leigh Cohn, MAT, Thomas Holbrook, MD

Mind Over Mood, Second Edition: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think, Edition 2
Dennis Greenberger, PhD, Christine A. Padesky, PhD

Overcoming Binge Eating, Second Edition: The Proven Program to Learn Why You Binge and How You Can Stop
Dr. Christopher G. Fairburn

Overcoming Night Eating Syndrome: A Step-by-Step Guide to Breaking the Cycle

 Kelly C. Allison, Albert J. Stunkard, Sara L. Thier

Surviving an Eating Disorder, Strategies for Families and Friends – by Michele Siegel, PhD, John Bresman, PhD, Margo Weinshel, MSW

The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Bulimia: Using DBT to Break the Cycle and Regain Control of Your Life
Ellen Astrachan-Fletcher PhD and Michael Maslar Psy/D
The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook: Practical DBT Exercises for Learning Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation, and Distress Tolerance
Matthew McKay, PhD, Jeffrey C. Wood, PsyD, Jeffrey Brantley, MD

The Eating Disorders Sourcebook: A Comprehensive Guide to the Causes, Treatments, and Prevention of Eating Disorders
Carolyn Costin

The Golden Cage: The Enigma of Anorexia Nervosa – by Hilda Bruch, MD
The Parent’s Guide to Eating Disorders – by Marcia Herrin and Nancy Matsumoto
The Worry Trap – by Chad LeJeune
The Mindful Couple – Robyn Walser & Darrah Westrup

Wellness Recovery Action Plan
 Books that focus on ACT – Acceptance & Commitment Therapy:
The Happiness Trap – by Russ Harris and Steven Hayes
Act with Love – Russ Harris, M.D.
These books are available online through Gurze Books at and, or through local bookstores.  While the information in these books can help families better understand eating disorders, no one book will fully explain how the eating disorder functions for your loved one.  Eating Recovery Center recommends discussing the insights gained from the book with your loved one and their treatment team.

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