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Eating Disorder Book Recommendations From The Emily Program

At The Emily Program, we understand that the journey to recovery from an eating disorder is deeply personal and often challenging. To support this journey, we have curated a selection of insightful books about eating disorders, each offering unique perspectives and valuable knowledge.

Whether you’re looking to learn more about a particular eating disorder diagnosis or find recovery support, our collection of eating disorder books has something for you. This carefully curated list can provide information and inspiration to aid you on your healing journey, resonating with our commitment to compassionate, individualized care.

Dive into these pages and find solace, understanding, and the tools to navigate your path to recovery. At The Emily Program, we believe in the power of knowledge and the strength of stories to inspire change and foster hope.

Life Without Ed

By Jenni Schaefer

How one woman declared independence from her eating disorder and how you can too.

Goodbye Ed, Hello Me

By Jenni Schaefer

Recover from your eating disorder and fall in love with life.

Sick Enough: A Guide to the Medical Complications of Eating Disorders

By Jennifer L. Gaudiani, MD, CEDS, FAED

Sick Enough offers patients, their families, and clinicians a comprehensive, accessible review of the medical issues that arise from eating disorders by bringing relatable case presentations and a scientifically sound, engaging style to the topic.

The Eating Disorder Sourcebook

By Carolyn Costin, MA, MEd, LMFT, CEDS, FAED

Sound, sensitive advice for overcoming an eating disorder – from identifying an eating disorder to treatment options to what you can expect.

8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder: Effective Strategies from Therapeutic Practice and Personal Experience

By Carolyn Costin, MA, MEd, LMFT, CEDS, FAED, Gwen Schubert Grabb, and Babette Rothschild, MSW

The authors bravely share their unique stories of suffering from and eventually overcoming their own severe eating disorders. Interweaving personal narrative with the perspective of their own therapist-client relationship, their insights bring an unparalleled depth of awareness into just what it takes to successfully beat this challenging and seemingly intractable clinical issue.

Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Anti-Diet Approach

By Evelyn Tribole, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S, and Elyse Resch, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S, FAND

Make peace with food. Free yourself from chronic dieting forever. Rediscover the pleasures of eating.

The go-to book about eating disorders—now fully revised and updated—for building a healthy body image and making peace with food, once and for all.

The Intuitive Eating Workbook: Ten Principles for Nourishing a Healthy Relationship with Food

By Evelyn Tribole, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S, and Elyse Resch, MS, RDN

This workbook offers a comprehensive, evidence-based program to help you develop a healthy relationship with food, pay attention to cues of hunger and satisfaction, and cultivate a profound connection with your mind and body.

Body Kindness: Transform Your Health from the Inside Out–and Never Say Diet Again

By Rebecca Scritchfield, RDN

This practical, inspirational, and visually lively book about eating disorders shows you how to create a healthier and happier life by treating yourself with compassion rather than shame.

Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia

By Sabrina Strings, PhD

An important and original work, Fearing the Black Body argues convincingly that fat phobia isn’t about health at all, but rather a means of using the body to validate race, class, and gender prejudice.

A Hunger So Wide And So Deep: A Multiracial View of Women’s Eating Problems

By Becky W. Thompson, PhD

A Hunger So Wide and So Deep challenges the popular notion that eating problems occur only among white, well-to-do, heterosexual women. Becky W. Thompson shows us how race, class, sexuality, and nationality can shape women’s eating problems.

Eating in the Light of the Moon

By Anita Johnston, PhD

How women can transform their relationship with food through myths, metaphors, and storytelling.

The Wisdom of Your Body: Finding Healing, Wholeness, and Connection through Embodied Living

By Hillary L. McBride, PhD

The Wisdom of Your Body weaves together illuminating research, stories from McBride’s work as a therapist, and deeply personal narratives to offer a compassionate, healthy, and holistic perspective on embodied living. 

Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food

By Jan Chozen Bays, MD

Turn food from foe to friend with this bestselling guide to developing healthy eating habits through mindfulness—from a Zen teacher.

Yoga and Eating Disorders: Ancient Healing for Modern Illness

Edited by Carolyn Costin, MA, MEd, LMFT, CEDS, FAED, and Joe Kelly

Yoga and Eating Disorders bridges the knowledge and practice gaps between mental health providers and yoga practitioners who work with clients suffering from disordered eating. Combining the wisdom of 20 experts in eating disorders treatment and yoga practice, editors Carolyn Costin and Joe Kelly show how and why yoga’s mind-body connection facilitates treatment and recovery.

Surviving an Eating Disorder: Strategies for Family and Friends

By Michele Siegel, PhD, Judith Brisman, PhD, and Margot Weinshel, MSW

Surviving an Eating Disorder provides a combination of information, insight, case examples, and practical strategies for families and friends to work on their relationship with someone who struggles with an eating disorder.

Talking to Eating Disorders: Simple Ways to Support Someone With Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating, or Body Image Issues

By Jeanne Albronda Heaton, PhD, and Claudia J. Strauss

This eating disorder book provides some tips on how to support someone who is struggling with an eating disorder. It discusses how to have tough conversations and when to seek professional help.

When Your Teen Has an Eating Disorder: Practical Strategies to Help Your Teen Recover from Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating

By Lauren Muhlheim, PsyD

The book is designed to be a resource for parents and caregivers of teens with eating disorders as well as the mental health professionals, teachers, counselors, and coaches who work with them, clearly outlining the principles of FBT and the process of involving parents collaboratively in treatment.

Father Hunger: Fathers, Daughters, and the Pursuit of Thinness

By Margo Maine, PhD, and Craig Johnson, PhD

This updated book describes the origins of father hunger and its effect on the family, with even more practical solutions to help fathers and daughters understand and improve their relationships.

Your Dieting Daughter…Is She Dying For Attention?

By Carolyn Costin, MA, MEd, LMFT, CEDS, FAED

Written for parents of girls who want to explore the various complexities of the dieting issue and prepare you to deal with your daughter and our “thin is in” society.

Eating Disorders: A Comprehensive Guide to Medical Care and Complications, 4th Edition

Edited by Philip S. Mehler, MD, FAED, CEDS, and Arnold E. Andersen, MD, FAED, DLFAPA

This user-friendly and comprehensive guide offers expert advice on diagnosing, treating, and caring for those with eating disorders.

Treatment Manual for Anorexia Nervosa: A Family-Based Approach

By James Lock, MD, PhD, and Daniel Le Grange, PhD

This indispensable manual presents the leading empirically supported treatment approach for adolescents with anorexia nervosa (AN). What sets family-based treatment apart is the central role played by parents and siblings throughout therapy. This book about anorexia gives practitioners a clear framework for mobilizing parents to promote their child’s weight restoration and healthy eating; improving parent and child relationships; and getting adolescent development back on track. Each phase of therapy is described in session-by-session detail. In-depth case illustrations show how to engage clients while flexibly implementing the validated treatment procedures.

Overcoming Binge Eating, 2nd Edition: The Proven Program to Learn Why You Binge and How You Can Stop

By Dr. Christopher G. Fairburn

This fully updated second edition incorporates important advances in the understanding and treatment of eating disorders. It features expanded coverage of body image issues and enhanced strategies for achieving–and maintaining–a transformed relationship with food and your body.

Crave: Why You Binge Eat and How to Stop

By Cynthia M. Bulik, PhD, FAED

Crave helps readers understand why they crave specific foods, recognize their individual triggers, and modify their responses to those triggers. Readers will develop a variety of strategies to use in conquering their cravings and establishing healthy eating habits.

Binge Control: A Compact Recovery Guide

By Cynthia M. Bulik, PhD, FAED

Binge Control is a compact guide to understanding binge eating disorder (BED) and a companion to Crave: Why You Binge Eat and How to Stop. It is designed to help people who have BED better understand their condition and their treatment options and to help family members and friends of individuals with BED provide understanding and support to their loved ones during recovery.

Beyond a Shadow of a Diet: The Comprehensive Guide to Treating Binge Eating Disorder, Compulsive Eating, and Emotional Overeating

By Judith Matz, LCSW, and Ellen Frankel, PhD

Divided into three sections–The Problem, The Treatment, and The Solution–this engaging book contains chapters filled with compelling case examples, visualizations, and other exercises so that therapists can deepen their knowledge and skills as they help clients gain freedom from preoccupation with food and weight.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Adolescents with Eating Disorders

By Riccardo Dalle Grave and Simona Calugi

This state-of-the-art guide provides a powerful transdiagnostic approach for treating adolescent eating disorders in either outpatient or inpatient settings. It describes how enhanced cognitive behavior therapy (CBT-E) — the gold-standard treatment for adult eating disorders — has been systematically adapted and tested with younger patients. 

Live Happy (…damn it)

By Jennifer Cramer-Miller

Jennifer was diagnosed with an incurable autoimmune disease, her kidneys failed rapidly, and she plunged into the unfamiliar world of kidney transplantation. Jennifer faced a choice. Hope or despair? Live Happy (…damn it) is a book that will vitalize your optimism, and encourage you to get back up when you stumble and fall. Let Jennifer’s experiences inspire you to embrace every day…and choose hope.

The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love

By Sonya Renee Taylor

The Body Is Not an Apology offers radical self-love as the balm to heal the wounds inflicted by these violent systems. World-renowned activist and poet Sonya Renee Taylor invites us to reconnect with the radical origins of our minds and bodies and celebrate our collective, enduring strength.

Unashamed: Musings of a Fat, Black Muslim

By Leah Vernon

A searingly honest memoir of one young woman’s journey toward self-acceptance as she comes to see her body as a symbol of rebellion and hope and chooses to live her life unapologetically.

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body

By Roxane Gay

From the New York Times bestselling author of Bad Feminist, a searingly honest memoir of food, weight, self-image, and learning how to feed your hunger while taking care of yourself.

Landwhale: On Turning Insults Into Nicknames, Why Body Image Is Hard, and How Diets Can Kiss My Ass

By Jes Baker

A deeply personal take, Landwhale is a glimpse at life as a fat woman today, but it’s also a reflection of the unforgiving ways our culture still treats fatness, all with Jes’s biting voice as the guide.

Milk and Honey

By Rupi Kaur

#1 New York Times bestseller Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity.

Stable Weight: A Memoir of Hunger, Horses, and Hope

By Lisa Whalen

In her debut book Stable Weight, Lisa details the instrumental and transformative role that horseback riding played in her recovery and healing journey.

Eating Disorders Treated By The Emily Program

If you, a loved one, or your patient is trapped in the grip of an eating disorder, there is a way out.

The Emily Program offers a comprehensive range of personalized treatment options tailored to the unique needs of each client. With both in-person and virtual services across Minnesota, Washington, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and North Carolina, we meet you where you are. Our expert multidisciplinary teams are equipped to address the complexities of each type of eating disorder, as well as co-occurring mental health concerns. 

Understanding that eating disorders encompass various symptoms, The Emily Program also addresses eating patterns like compulsive overeating. Through our compassionate support and specialized treatment options, we’re dedicated to empowering you on your path to healing and well-being.

Get help. Find hope.