Books

 

Here you will find a collection of books that may help someone experiencing an eating disorder, or a carer of those suffering.

 

Goodbye ED, Hello Me

by Jenni Schaefer

 

Jenni Schaefer and Ed (eating disorder) are no longer on speaking terms, not even in her most difficult moments. In her bestseller, Life Without Ed, Jenni learned to treat hereating disorder as a relationship, not a condition-enabling her to break up with Ed once and for all. In Goodbye Ed, Hello Me, Jenni shows you that being fully recovered is not just about breaking free from destructive behaviours with food and having a healthy relationship with your body; it also means finding joy and peace in your life.

 

 

Good Enough

by Jen Petro-Roy

A young girl with an eating disorder must find the strength to recover in this moving middle-grade novel from Jen Petro-Roy. Written by an eating disorder survivor and activist, Good Enough is a realistic depiction of inpatient eating disorder treatment, and a moving story about a girl who must fight herself to survive.

 

 

The Daily Dare for Eating Disorders

by Linda Kaye

Through interactive activities and a daily dare, Linda challenges the reader to carry out a hands-on activity to help fight the voice of “Ed.” It is the perfect recovery companion,providing inspiration, compassionate, and meaningful messages to inspire and promote hope for a journey that can, at times, feel hopeless.

 

 

Getting Better Bite By Bite 

By Ulrike Schmidt, Janet Treasure, & June Alexander Another incredibly useful self-help book for people struggling with bulimia nervosa. Written by arguably two of themost influential eating disorder researchers, this step-by-step self-help book is not only grounded in evidence-based principles, but its warmth, compassion, and understanding towards people with eating disorders is something to applaud.

 

 

The Disappearing Sister

By Elizabeth Cummings

There are very few books written for children who live with a sibling with an eating
disorder. We know that these kids are often filled with fear, anger, resentment, guilt, and the pressure to “be good” so as not to give the parents any extra burden.  An illustrated picture book describes a child’s perspective on dealing with her sister’s anorexia nervosa.

 

 

Anorexia and other Eating Disorders; how to help your child eat well and be well Practical solutions, compassionate communication tools and emotional … support for parents of children and teenagers

By Eva Musby

The most effective treatment for eating disorders is family-based, and parents play an essential role. Yet most struggle to know what to do and how to do it. With a wealth of practical examples and tips that have helped many tens of thousands of relieved parents, Eva Musby guides you through each stage of your son or daughter’s recovery. She provides solace and confidence, while addressing the real-life questions that parents struggle with. The practical and emotional strategies in every chapter rest on up-to-date knowledge distilled from published research, from families, and from therapists worldwide. These pages will boost your effectiveness with an excellent treatment team, and will also help you succeed when you don’t have access to cutting-edge care. With her lived experience and that of the hundreds of parents she has coached, this book will empower you to be effective right away, from the first successful meal all the way through to recovery.

  • Make meals work in spite of your child’s resistance
  • Deal with distress, inflexibility, exercise compulsion, bingeing and purging
  • Don’t stop at weight-restoration – skilled support all the way to recovery
  • What to say and what not to say in difficult situations
  • Actively support your child all the way to recovery and prevent relapse
  • Recognise the treatments that work and the ones that don’t
  • Grow your own emotional resources

 

This book is recommended by experts on family-based treatment (FBT, or ‘Maudsley’), the evidence-based approach recommended by all major health institutions. It is used by  parents and clinicians alike.

 

 

 

Hope with Eating Disorders Second Edition: A self-help guide for parents, carers and friends of sufferers

By Lynn Crilly

Hope with Eating Disorders is a practical, supportive guide for anyone helping someone
with an eating disorder be they a family member, teacher, sports coach,

 

workplace colleague or friend.

 

 

Body Positive Power: How to stop dieting, make peace with your body and live

By Megan Jayne Crabbe

IF YOU’RE TIRED OF BEING AT WAR WITH YOUR BODY, THEN THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU.

We’ve been convinced that happiness is something that only comes once we hit that goal weight, get those washboard abs, shrink ourselves down and change every part of ourselves. We believe that our bodies are the problem, but this is not true. It’s how we’ve been taught to see our bodies that’s the problem… It’s time for us all to stop believing the lies we’ve been fed about what it means to be beautiful, and take our power back. Megan’s body image issues began when she was five years old. She spent her childhood chasing thinness, and at fourteen found herself spiralling into anorexia. After recovery she spent years dieting, binging, losing and gaining weight. But then she found body positivity, quit dieting, and finally escaped the cult of thin. Now she’s determined to let as many people as possible know the truth: that we are all good enough as we are.

With her inimitable flair, whip-smart wit and kickass attitude, Megan argues for a new way of seeing ourselves, and a world where every body is celebrated. Where there is no such thing as a ‘bikini body diet’ and 97% of women don’t hate the way they look.
A powerful call to arms as much as it is inspirational and practical, this book is the life-changing answer you’ve been looking for.

 

 

PRE ORDER- Hope through Recovery: Your Guide to Moving Forward when in Recovery from an Eating Disorder-

By Hope Virgo

In this practical guide to life in recovery, mental health campaigner and survivor Hope Virgo offers practical and emotional support tools for anyone who has had an eating disorder, whatever the type. The book combines her personal experience with her work with parents, patients, educators, and health workers. Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Chi-Chi Obuaya lends his clinical experience and knowledge, giving additional guidance and advice throughout. Learn about Hope’s story, the myths about eating disorders, and where you may be in your own recovery. Look at the building blocks for a successful recovery, and the situations you may encounter in daily life that will challenge your recovery. Hope unpicks how to cope and learn from these experiences.

Finally, she looks at the possibility of relapse, and how to deal with this if it happens to
you. Read from beginning to end or dip in and out when you need extra support and help. This is the book Hope wished she’d had when she was fresh out of hospital and entering back into the “real world.”