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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. 

Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia, by Marya Hornbacher, Harper Perennial 2014. 

How to Disappear 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. 

Become a member of EDFA for $25 per year (Australian Carers Only)

EDFA is a proud not for profit, predominantly volunteer run organisation. 

We invite you to be part of a revolutionary peer support group making positive changes in the Eating Disorder space. Strength in numbers means we are able to affect change and have the collective voice of the carers recognised.

We provide opportunities to connect with other parents and carers who share your experiences… helping you to feel less alone and isolated.

Yearly membership is just $25.

Membership gives access to:

 – Access to a range of resources in our Member Only section of the website including Educational Recordings, Member Recommended Clinicians and Services, and more.

 – Over 70 support groups and education sessions per year. including;

 – monthly state-based strive carer support groups

 – twice monthly education sessions

 – monthly sibling support group

 – monthly national strive ARFID carer support group

 – quarterly strive support groups for carers of people with  Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder, as well as a group for male carers

 – discounts to eating disorder events and conferences. 

 – daily online support through our strive Australia Facebook page and the opportunity to connect, share, learn and ask questions is another benefit of being part of our EDFA community.

Your membership helps EDFA with ongoing costs of running a not-for-profit organisation, and importantly, shows Government that families value, need and believe in this type of lived-experience support. Strength in numbers helps EDFA lobby as the collective voice of carers for  better services, treatments, access to expert clinicians and specialised ED units, to help our loved ones in their recovery journey and to acknowledge the impact of an eating disorder diagnosis on the entire family unit

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