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Library & Booklist

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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. Please note, Bodywhys cannot endorse or promote any publication.

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.

On Eating

Susie Orbach, Penguin, 2002.

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.

Eating Disorder Recovery Handbook

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.


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.