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Recommended by other parents.  Includes links to Amazon. Some of these will also be available via other online bookstores who may offer free shipping.

F.E.A.S.T Family Guide Series
The F.E.A.S.T. Family Guide Series is a project to publish small booklets for the use of families facing an eating disorder diagnosis in the household. Well written and representing the best current science. The editors for each booklet are leading clinicians and researchers in the field who volunteer their time and expertise.

Supporting Families Embarking on Family Based Treatment (FBT)

"Family Based Treatment for Eating Disorders Piece by Piece"
A Practical Guide for Parents by James Lock, Aileen Whyte, Brittay Matheson and Nandini Datta
A full and comprehensive practical guide, this book explains the treatment in an easy-to-understand way while dispelling the myths that are often heard about FBT. A must-have for families going through an eating disorder.

"Bite Back" - Genevieve Mora
A compassionate guide to navigating eating disorders, for those experiencing them and their loved ones, from someone who has been there.

“When your teen has an Eating Disorder: Practical strategies to help your teen recover from Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge Eating” - Lauren Muhlheim
An outstanding resource for parents, offering practical strategies to employ while engaged in FBT.

"Survive FBT” - Maria Ganci
A skills manual for parents undertaking Family Based Therapy Treatment for child and adolescent Anorexia Nervosa.   

“Throwing Starfish Across the Sea” - Laura Collins & Charlotte Bevan 
In this little pocket sized book, two very experienced mothers share information and support with other parents/carers with honest humour and a very direct reassuring manner as they would share over the kitchen table.

Anorexia and other eating disorders: How to help your child eat well and be well ” - Eva Musby
Practical solutions, compassionate communication tools and emotional support for parents of children and teenagers

“ED Says U Said” - June Alexander
This book aims to improve communication between someone with an eating disorder and their friends and family by revealing the eating disorder mind set and decoding language choices. Using examples of real-life, everyday conversations, it translates the highly charged language of anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder and unravels the emotional chaos that can surround sufferers and those who care for them.

Books Written by Clinicians/Therapists

“Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder” - Lock and Le Grange
A great book that encourages you and your family to step in and take action to help your teenage daughter/son eat their way back to health.

“Decoding Anorexia – How Breakthroughs in Science Offer Hope for Eating Disorders” - Carrie Arnold 
Based on the “adapted to flee famine” theory. Arnold has a PhD in science, is a science writer, and has herself suffered lifelong anorexia. Well researched, the scientific information is really compelling, but presented in a very readable way.

Bulimia / Binge Eating

“Overcoming Binge Eating” - Christopher Fairburn
Written by an international leading clinician Fairburn offers practical strategies on how to overcome the destructive cycle of bulimia and binge eating using Cognitive Behaviour Treatment (CBT) strategies.  Also useful for families.

“Getting Better Bit(e) by Bit(e): A Survival Kit for Sufferers of Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorders” - Schmidt & Treasure
A practical hands-on guide written by international leading clinicians

“Crave – Why you Binge and How to Stop” - Cynthia Bulik

“Binge Control” - Cynthia Bulik
A compact guide to understanding binge eating disorder (BED) and a companion to Crave 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. The most important message in this handbook is that BED is treatable and many effective therapies and medications exist.

“Brain Over Binge: Why I was Bulimic, why conventional therapy didn’t work, and how I recovered for good” - Kathryn Hansen
A powerful book that provides an insightful and gripping personal account and an informative scientific perspective on bulimia and binge eating disorder, and how to recover.

 “The Brain Over Binge Recovery Guide: A simple and personalised plan for ending Bulimia and Binge Eating Disorder” - Kathryn Hansen
A much-requested followup to ‘Brain Over Binge’, this book is a valuable resoiurce that provides clear and comprehensive guidance in recovery.

Books to Help Adult Individuals with an Eating Disorder (and Families)

“Rehabilitate, Rewire, Recover! Anorexia Recovery for the Determined Adult” - Tabitha Farrar
Tabitha had anorexia for 12 years and was unique in her recovery in that she re-fed herself, gaining an insight into why an eating disorder is ‘switched on’ and what is needed to switch it off. Her knowledge and understanding of ED’s is vast, and she now works as an ED coach and is an advocate of full recovery being absolutely possible, at any age and any stage. Her website and podcast are worth following.

“Neural Rewiring for Eating Disorder Recovery: For real and meaningful mental freedom” - Tabitha Farrar

“Skills-Based Learning for Caring for a Loved One with An Eating Disorder” - Treasure et al
Leading clinicians provide hands-on, easily digested advice on how to help your loved one in the process of recovery

Books Written by Mothers

“Brave Girl Eating” - Harriet Brown
A moving account of a family’s battle to save a daughter’s life from anorexia. Also provides useful statistics and information about eating disorders.

“My Kid Is Back” - June Alexander and Le Grange
10 families tell their family stories of helping their children overcome eating disorders. Includes Sydney families.

“Eating With Your Anorexic” A Mother's Memoir - Laura Collins
Laura recounts her family’s battle to save her daughter’s life

“Bulimia: Understanding the Voice Inside My Daughter's Head” - Selina Elison
A touching memoir of a mother that displays not only a plea for bridging the gap between eating disorder treatment and care, but it is also a story of personal growth, connection, and hope.

Books for Families with Boys

“The Boy who Loved Apples” - Amanda Webster

"Boys Get Anorexia Too" - Jenny Langley

“Skinny Boy” - Gary Grahl   
A young man’s battle and triumph over anorexia

"Making Weight” - Andersen, Cohn and Holbrook

Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)

“ARFID: Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder: A Guide for Parents and Carers” - Rachel Bryant-Waugh
This book answers common questions posed by carers and parents whose child has been given a diagnosis of ARFID. Easy to read, and full of practical tips and strategies, this is a valuable resource for parents and carers.

“Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder: Children, Adolescents and Adults” - Jennifer J Thomas & Kamryn Eddy
Written by clinicians and based on the most recent research and therapy techniques, this book gives a cognitive behavioural approach to treatment for ARFID. Suitable for clinicians, affected individuals and parents/carers.


“When Perfect Isn’t Good Enough” - Antony and Swinson
Offers strategies and coping skills for dealing with perfectionism in an easy-to-read format.

“What to Do When Good Enough Isn’t Good Enough: The Real Deal on Perfectionism – A Guide For Kids” - Thomas S Greenspon
An excellent resource aimed at younger children aged 6-13yrs. Ideal to be read by the parent to the child to encourage understanding and exploration of overcoming perfectionism.

People Record Their Journey to Recovery

“Biting Anorexia” - Lucy Howard Taylor
Tracks Lucy’s successful battle against anorexia. (Lucy was born in NZ)

“Love Fat” - Tabitha Farrar
Tabitha Farrar became ill with anorexia when she was 17 yrs old. This books describes her 10 year struggle with a restrictive eating disorder, her full recovery, and dispels many myths about eating disorders. She now works as a recovery coach and is a highly regarded ‘voice’ in the world of ED treatment. She offers insightful guidance regarding lasting recovery and what this looks like. An excellent book.

Mothers and Daughters Stories

Alice Through the Looking Glass” - Jo and Alice Kingsley

Severe and Enduring Illness (SEED)

“Severe and Enduring Eating Disorder (SEED)” - Paul Robinson
(One of few available resources) Written for clinicians Robinson coves assessment and treatment, physical and psychological problems, family issues and difficulties of day-to-day living

“Stop Walking on Eggshells” - Mason and Kreger
(Written for people caring for others with borderline personality disorder – however recommended by EDANZ families)
Provides a self-help guide to help families cope with very challenging behaviours and take care of themselves.

Diabetes and Bulimia

“Diabulmia, Towards Understanding, Recognition and Healing” - Aarti Esther Sharma
In this book, the author fuses her unique perspective as a former diabulimia patient with her medical training to expound upon all aspects of the condition.