Reading Resources

It’s often incredibly difficult for families to know where to get information from when they’re in the throes of a loved one having an eating disorder.  The list of links and resources below are from families, for families:

  • Delayed Maturity in People with Mental Health Problems Born Without Marbles Blog. This article provides a both comical and insightful analogy of developmental delay as a result of mental illness as told by someone in recovery “If the world waited, people could just get better and pick up their lives and development from where they left off before the insanity creatures whisked them away, but that is the problem. The world doesn’t stop turning (sometimes Earth can be so inconsiderate). Even if you are living on a different planet, time in the real world still passes, so when you try to recover and return to normality it can be quite a shock to the system.”
  • Eating Disorders Are A Men’s Issue, too. In this article from The Washington Post, Nora Krug discusses Brian Cuban’s struggle as a male with an eating disorder and how awareness should be raised on behalf of males that struggle as well as females.
  •  When You’re Both Overweight and Anorexic  Amelia Tait  “People didn’t worry about me, they praised me,” says Valdez. “Had I been a normal weight and then gotten so thin where I was underweight, perhaps the concern would have been there. But I was obese. People didn’t worry about it.
  • Making Up for Lost Time: the Path to Maturity Following Eating Disorders– Aimee Liu.  Recovered Individual on lost time, developmentally.  “Those around me made no connection between my sometimes erratic experimentation and my earlier eating disorder, but in fact, it was all directly connected. In retrospect I can see, I was making up for lost time.”

Reading List for Families

  • Life Without Eating Disorder by Jenni Schaefer
  • Brave Girl Eating by Harriet Brown
  • 8 Keys to Recovery Workbook by Carolyn Costin, MFT and Gwen Grabb MFT
  • Your Dieting Daughter: Is She Dying for Attention? by Carolyn Costin, MFT
  • Eating with Your Anorexic by Laura Collins
  • Skills-Based Learning for Caring for a Loved One with an Eating Disorder by Janet Treasure
  • Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole
  • Just Tell Her to Stop by Becky Henry
  • Help Your Teenager Beat An Eating Disorder by James Locke and Daniel LaGrange
  • Parenting a Child who has Intense Emotions: Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills to Help Your Child Regulate Emotional Outbursts and Aggressive Behaviors by Pat Harvey
  • Life Beyond Your Eating Disorder by Johanna Kandel
  • Enrich Your Caregiving Journey by Margery Pabst and Rita Goldhammer
  • Throwing Starfish Across the Sea by Laura Collins and Charlotte Bevan
  • Andrea’s Voice: Silenced by Bulimia: Her Story and Her Mother’s Journey through Grief toward Understanding by Doris Smeltzer
  • Eating in the Light of the Moon: How Women Can Transform Their Relationship with Food through Myths, Metaphors and Storytelling by Anita J. Johnston, PhD
  • Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself by Melody Beattie
  • The Parent’s Guide to Eating Disorders: Supporting Self-Esteem, Healthy Eating & Positive Body Image at Home by Marcia Herrin, EdD, MPH,RD and Nancy Matsumoto
  • Talking to Eating Disorders: Simple Ways to Support Someone with Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder or Body Image Issues by Jeanne Albronda Heaton, PhD and Claudia J. Strauss


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