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Disclaimer: This booklist is a guide compiled over the years from recommendations by various parties. However, Bodywhys does not have the resources necessary to proofread recommended books and therefore does not accept responsibility for the content of any book on this list. It should also be noted that a book one person finds useful, another person may not. It is important that you find the publication that most suits your personal needs. If you have a book you would like to recommend for the booklist, please contact Barry Murphy, Communications Officer, at


Self Help Guides 

An Introduction to Coping with Eating Problems

Gillian Todd, 2011. Offers guidance for those affected by anorexia, bulimia nervosa or binge eating disorder and concerned friends and family

Anorexia Nervosa And The Wish To Change

Crisp, Joughin, Halek & Bowyer, 1996. Psychology Press. For those who wish to get better and how to go about it.

Bulimia Nervosa And Binge Eating - A Guide to Recovery

Cooper, Robinson Publishing, 1995. Definitions of bulimia and binge eating, causes and effects, also a self-help programme.

Eating Disorder Recovery Handbook

Nicola Davies & Emma Bacon, 2016. Published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Getting Better Bit(e) By Bit(e): A Survival Kit for Sufferers of Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorders

Schmidt & Treasure, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1993. Really helpful and clear account of bulimia and binge eating and how to get better.

On Eating

Susie Orbach, Penguin, 2002.

Overcoming Binge Eating, Second Edition: The Proven Program to Learn Why You Binge and How You Can Stop

Christopher Fairburn, 2013. Published by Guilford Press.

Overcoming Bulimia Nervosa & Binge Eating

Peter Cooper, 2009. This sets out a self-help guide for those who want to tackle their difficulties for themselves, with a step-by-step programme.

The Deadly Diet: Recovering from Anorexia and Bulimia

Sandbeck, New Harbinger, 1993. A practical programme to teach the necessary skills to overcome the problems associated with eating disorders


Books For Young People 

Real Life Issues: Eating Disorders

Heather Warner, Trotman 2004. Self help guide offering information and advice to increase understanding of and help cope with an eating disorder. Aimed at teenagers.

Talking About Anorexia: How to Cope with Life Without Starving

Maroushka Monro, 1996. Sheldon Press. Practical and understanding, this book helps young people to acknowledge and understand that something is wrong and how to take action to get better.


Books For Carers, Parents And Professionals 

A Parent's Guide to Defeating Eating Disorders: Spotting the Stealth Bomber and Other Symbolic Approaches

Ahmed Boachie, 2011. Published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Anorexia and Bulimia in the Family

By Gránne Smith, 2004. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd

Anorexia And Bulimia: How To Help

Duker and Slade, OUP 1988. Describes the minute steps in providing the kind of help that enables people to leave their eating disorder behind them.

Anorexia Nervosa: A Survival Guide for Families, Friends and Sufferers

Janet Treasure, 1997. Psychology Press. Looks at the day to day problems and gives guidelines to help reduce the stress and anxiety that arises in families.

Can I Tell You about Eating Disorders?: A Guide for Friends, Family and Professionals

Byran Lask & Lucy Watson, 2014. Published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Eating Disorders

Christopher Fairburn, 2008. Published by Guilford Press.

Counselling People In Eating Distress

Carole Waskett, BAC 1993. The author's experience and sensitivity will help to give confidence and expertise to counsellors who work with people with eating disorders.

Eating Disorders in Childhood and Adolescence: 4th Edition

Edited by Bryan Lask and Rachel Bryant-Waugh, 2013. Published by Routledge.

Eating Disorders in Children and Adolescents: A Clinical Handbook

Edited by Daniel Le Grange and James Lock, 2011. Published by Guilford Press.

Ed says U said: Eating Disorder Translator

June Alexander & Cate Sangster, 2013. Published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Give Food a Chance: A New View on Childhood Eating Disorders

Julie O' Toole, 2015. Published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder, Second Edition

James Lock and Daniel Le Grange, 2015. Published by Guilford Press.

My Kid is Back: Empowering Parents to Beat Anorexia Nervosa

June Alexander & Daniel Le Grange, 2010. Published by Routledge.

Skills-based Caring for a Loved One with an Eating Disorder: The New Maudsley Method, 2nd Edition

Janet Treasure, Gránne Smith, Anna Crane, 2016. Published by Routledge.

When Your Child Has An Eating Disorder: A Step by Step Workbook for Parents and Other Caregivers

Abigail H Natenshon, Jossey Bass, 1999. An informative, compassionate and highly practical book designed to increase understanding and give concrete direction.


Books For Teachers And Those Working With Young People 

Self-Harm and Eating Disorders in Schools

By Pooky Knightsmith, 2015. Self-Harm and Eating Disorders in Schools: A Guide to Whole-School Strategies and Practical Support. Published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

The Body Project: A Dissonance-Based Eating Disorder Prevention Intervention (Programs That Work)

Eric Stice, Paul Rohde & Heather Shaw, 2012. Published by Oxford University Press.


Related Issues 

Families And How To Survive Them

Cleese & Skinner, Methuen, 1983. An illuminating and humorous book which explains how relationships work and how understanding can lead to progress in building healthy relationships.

Hunger Strike: An Anorexics Struggle as a Metaphor for Our Age

Orbach, Penguin, 1993. About the dilemma of being female in Western society and the links with eating disorders, also current attitudes towards eating problems.


Personal Stories 

Life Hurts: A Doctor's Personal Journey through Anorexia

Written by a young woman who developed anorexia at 14, this is the personal story of Elizabeth who went on to become a doctor. Dr. Elizabeth McNaught, 2017. Published by Malcolm Down..

Mealtimes and Milestones: A Teenager's Diary of Moving on from Anorexia

Constance Barter, 2010. Published by Robinson.

My Body My Enemy: My Thirteen Year Battle with Anorexia Nervosa

Beeken and Greenstreet, Thorsons, 1997. Claire Beeken had anorexia from the age of 10 and describes how she was inspired to get better through her meeting with a friend who died from the same illness.

My Secret Life: A Memoir of Bulimia

Leanne Waters, 2011. Published by Maverick House.


Myra Hornbacher, Flamingo, 1998, hardback, also available in paperback. A riveting and very personal account of the author's struggle with and recovery from both anorexia and bulimia. I would do anything to keep people from going where I went.