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Here are our Top 30 Eating Disorder books for parents and carers…supporting you and your family on your Eating Disorder recovery journey. Find our recommendations here.

8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder: Effective strategies from therapeutic practice and personal experience by Carolyn Costin and Gwen Schubert Grabb

8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder – Workbook. With all new assignments, strategies and personal reflections to heal your relationship with food and your body. By Carolyn Costin and Gwen Schubert Grabb

Off the C.U.F.F.: A Parent Skills Book for the Management of Disordered Eating.  By Dr Nancy L. Zucker, Independently Published 2020

Emotion Focused Family Therapy – a Transdiagnostic model for Caregiver-Focused Interventions

What to say to Kids when nothing seems to work

Treating Eating Disorders in Adolescents -Evidence-Based Interventions for Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge Eating. By Tara L. Deliberto and Dina Hirsch, New Harbinger Publications 2019

Skills-based Caring for a Loved One with an Eating Disorder The New Maudsley Method: 2nd Edition by Janet Treasure, Grainne Smith and Anna Crane, GB: Taylor & Francis Ltd 2016  

Throwing Starfish Across the Sea A pocket-sized care package for the parents of someone with an eating disorder by Charlotte Bevan & Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh, USA: Biscotti Press 2015. 

Your Dieting Daughter: Antidotes Parents Can Provide for Body Dissatisfaction, Excessive Dieting, and Disordered Eating, by Carolyn Costin, GB: Taylor & Francis Ltd 2013. 

Psychoanalytic Treatment of Eating Disorders: When Words Fail and Bodies Speak, by Tom Wooldridge, Routledge 2018. 

Just Tell Her To Stop – Family Stories of Eating Disorders, by Becky Henry: Infinite Hope Publishing 2011. 

Brave Girl Eating by Harriet Brown, UK: Harper Collins Publishers 2013. 

 Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder by James Lock, MD, PhD & Daniel Le Grange, PhD, New York: The Guilford Press 2015.

Sick Enough: A Guide to the Medical Complications of Eating Disorders, by Jennifer L. Gaudiani, US: CRC Press Inc. 2018. 

Re-Thinking Eating Disorders: Language, Emotion, and the Brain – A New Treatment, by Barbara Pearlman, Routledge 2018. 

Surviving an Eating Disorder: Strategies for Family and Friends by Michelle Siegel PhD, Judith Brisman PhD, Margot Weinshel MSW, US: HarperCollins (currently in its 4th edition – look out for it in 2021). 

Eating in the Light of the Moon by Anita Johnston, Ph.D, CEDS-S, Carlsbad, California: Gurze Books, 2000. 

Goodbye Ed, Hello Me, Recover from your eating disorder and fall in love with life, by Jenni Schaefer, US: McGraw-Hill Education 2009.

LIFE WITHOUT ED – How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too, by Jenni Schaefer, US: McGraw-Hill Education 2003

Loving Someone with an Eating Disorder – Understanding, Supporting, and Connecting with Your Partner, by Dana Harron, US: New Harbinger Publications 2019. 

THE BODY MYTH: Adult Women and the Pressure to be Perfect, by Margo Maine, Ph.D. and Joe Kelly, Wiley 2005. 

BODY WARS: Making Peace with Women’s Bodies by Margo Maine, Ph.D., Gurze Books 2011. 

Pursuing Perfection: Eating Disorders, Body Myths, and Women at Midlife and Beyond by Margo Maine, Joe Kelly, NY: Routledge 2016.

When Your Child Has an Eating Disorder: A Step-by-Step Workbook for Parents and Other Caregivers, by  Abigail H. Natenshon, US: 1999. 

Autism and Eating Disorders in Teens : A Guide for Parents and Professional, by  Fiona Fisher Bullivant and  Sharleen Woods, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, UK: July 2020

Supporting Autistic People with Eating Disorders: A Guide to Adapting Treatment and Supporting Recovery

Rehabilitate, Rewire, Recover! Anorexia recovery for the determined adult by Tabitha Farrar, USA 2018. 

The Anorexia Recovery Skills Workbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Cope with Difficult Emotions, Embrace Self-Acceptance, and Prevent Relapse (A New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook)

My Kid is Back: Empowering Parents to Beat Anorexia Nervosa, by June Alexander, Daniel Le Grange, Routledge: GB 2010. 

Neural Rewiring for Eating Disorder Recovery: For real and meaningful mental freedom, by Tabitha Farrar, Independently Published UK: 2019

Unpack Your Eating Disorder: The Journey to recovery for adolescents in treatment for Anorexia Nervosa and Atypical Anorexia Nervosa by Maria Ganci & Dr Linsey Atkins, Melbourne Australia: LM Publishing 2019. 

Letting Go of ED – Embracing Me A Journal of Self-Discovery by Maria Ganci & Dr Linsey Atkins, Melbourne Australia: LM Publishing 2019

Survive FBT: Skills Manual for Parents Undertaking Family Based Treatment (FBT) for Child and Adolescent Anorexia Nervosa, by Maria Ganci, US: 2016. 

Anorexia and other Eating Disorders How to help your child eat well and be well by Eva Musby, UK: APRICA 2020. 

Treatment Manual for Anorexia Nervosa: A Family-Based Approach : 2nd Edition, by James Lock, Daniel Le Grange, US: Guilford Publications 2015.

Eating with your Anorexic A Mother’s Memoir by Laura Collins, USA: Biscotti Press 2014. 

Anorexia Nervosa: A Recovery Guide for Sufferers, Families and Friends, by Janet TreasureJune Alexander, GB: Taylor & Francis Ltd 2013. 

The Anorexic Mind, by Marilyn Lawrence, Karnac Books 2008. 

Answers to Anorexia: A Breakthrough Nutritional Treatment That is Saving Lives by James Greenblatt, Sunrise River Press 2010

The Anorexia Diaries: A Mother and Daughter’s Triumph over Teenage Eating Disorders by Linda RioTara M. RioCraig Johnson, US: Rodale Pr 2003)  

Decoding Anorexia by Carrie Arnold, London UK: Taylor & Francis Ltd, 2012.

When Anorexia Came to VisitFamilies Talk About How an Eating Disorder Invaded Their Lives, by Bev Mattocks (With a Foreword by Professor Janet Treasure, OBE PhD FRCP FRCPsych.), UK: Creative Copy, 2013. 

Bronte’s Story Tears, trials and triumphs: A personal battle with Anorexia, Bronte Cullis and Steve Bibb – Foreword by Ray Martin, NSW: Random House Australia Pty Ltd 2004. 

Life Hurts: A Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Anorexia (Kindle Edition), by Dr Elizabeth McNaught, Malcolm Down Publishing 2017.

Mealtimes and Milestones: A Teenager’s Diary of Moving on from Anorexia, by Constance Barter, GB: Little, Brown Book Group 2010. 

Completely: On Modern Anorexia, by Kelsey Osgood, Overlook Pr 1st edition 2013


Boys Get Anorexia Too: Coping with Male Eating Disorders in the Family, by Jenny Langley, US: SAGE Publications Inc 2006.  

The Boy Who Loved Apples: A Mother’s Battle With Her Son’s Anorexia, by Amanda Webster, AU: Text Publishing Co 2012.

Understanding Anorexia Nervosa in Males: An Integrative Approach, by Tom Wooldridge, GB: Routledge 2016.

Please eat…: A mother’s struggle to free her teenage son from anorexia, by Bev Mattocks, Creative Copy 2013.  

Binge Eating Disorder: The Journey to Recovery and Beyond, by Amy Pershing, Routledge 2018. 

Overcoming Bulimia Nervosa and Binge-Eating 3rd Edition: A self-help guide using cognitive behavioural techniques, by Peter J. Cooper, GB: Little, Brown Book Group 2010. 

Getting Better Bite By Bite: A survival kit for sufferers of bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorders, by Ulrike Schmidt, Janet Treasure & June Alexander, Routledge 2015.

The Overcoming Bulimia Workbook: Your Comprehensive Step-by-Step Guide to Recovery, by Randi E. McCabe, US: New Harbinger Publications 2003. 

The DBT Solution for Emotional Eating – A Proven Program to Break the Cycle of Bingeing and Out-of-Control Eating, by Debra L. Safer, Sarah Adler, and Philip C. Masson, US: Guilford Publications 2018  

Overcoming Binge Eating, Second Edition: The Proven Program to Learn Why You Binge and How You Can Stop, by Dr Christopher G Fairburn, US: Guilford Publications 2013. 

Anorexia and Bulimia in the Family: One Parent’s Practical Guide to Recovery, by Grainne Smith, NY: John Wiley & Sons Inc 2004 Grainne Smith  

I Can’t Stop Eating: How to Break Free From The Cycle of Bingeing, by Sarah Dosanjh, SanaMente Publishing January 2020. 

ARFID: Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder – A Guide for Parents and Carers, by Rachel Bryant-Waugh, UK: Routledge 2019. 

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder: Children, Adolescents and Adults, by Jennifer Thomas & Kamryn Eddy, Cambridge 2018. 

Helping Your Child with Extreme Picky Eating: A Step-by-Step Guide for Overcoming Selective Eating, Food Aversion and Feeding Disorders, by ROWELL KATJA, US: New Harbinger Publications 2015.