Recommended Readings

Eating Disorders:

100 Questions & Answers About Eating Disorders by Carolyn Costin, LMFT, MA, MEd
Recommended for those who are struggling with an eating disorder, and/or for their loved ones.

Andrea’s Voice by Doris Smeltzer
Recommended for parents of someone with an eating disorder, or for young adults with an eating disorder, this is the heart-wrenching true story of a young woman who dies from bulimia after a one-year battle with the illness. While tragic, it highlights important information for those who have a loved one struggling with an eating disorder.

Brave Girl Eating by Harriet Brown
Recommended for parents of adolescents with eating disorders. This memoir is written from a parent perspective and focuses on the Maudsley method (also known as Family-Based Treatment, or FBT).

8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder by Carolyn Costin & Gwen Schubert Grabb
Recommended for older adolescents and adults at any stage of their eating disorder, as early as just starting to think about recovery as an option.

My Kid is Back by June Alexander & Daniel LeGrange, Ph.D.
Recommended for parents of adolescents with eating disorders.

The Parent’s Guide to Eating Disorders by Marcia Herrin, Ed.D, MPH, RD, & Nancy Matsumoto
Recommended for parents of adolescents with eating disorders.

Disordered Eating & Body Image Concerns:

As Is by Erin Brown
Recommended for young adults struggling with body acceptance; includes mindfulness reflections and journaling exercises. I would recommend this book be processed with a therapist or other support, particularly for those in eating disorder recovery, as some of the chapters discuss eating and exercise habits that some readers may find triggering.

The Body Image Workbook for Teens by Julia V. Taylor, Ph.D.
Recommended for young to older adolescent females struggling with body image concerns.

Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight by Lindo Bacon, Ph.D.
This book educates readers about the false messages that the diet industry perpetuates, and uses statistics and an incredible amount of research to back this up. Part I is chock full of studies and information about various types of food, and Part II offers ways to improve body image as well as one’s relationship with food.

Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program That Works
by Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD and Elyse Resch, MS, RD, FADA, CEDRD
Recommended for anyone who has struggled with on and off dieting, or who is looking to improve their relationship with food and their bodies. Note: It is very challenging to effectively practice intuitive eating when you currently have an eating disorder, or are in the early stages of recovery, however, there is a chapter devoted to eating disorders that may be helpful for patients and practitioners alike.

The Intuitive Eating Workbook
by Evelyn Tribole, MS, RDN and Elyse Resch, MS, RDN
A workbook for an in-depth, personalized understanding of the ten principles of Intuitive Eating.

The Intuitive Eating Workbook for Teens
by Elyse Resch, MS, RDN
A workbook for an in-depth, personalized understanding of the ten principles of Intuitive Eating – specifically designed for teen use!

The Positive Body Image Workbook: A Clinical and Self-Improvement Guide
by Nichole Wood-Barcalow, Tracy Tylka, and Casey Judge
A workbook that serves as a wonderful adjunct to therapy for older adolescents and adults working to improve their body image.

Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls by Jes Baker
Recommended for older adolescents and adults of any body shape/size who want to improve their body image. (Contains explicit language.)


The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook, Sixth Edition by Edmund J. Bourne, Ph.D.
Recommended for anyone struggling with anxiety, panic, or any anxiety-related disorder. This workbook is particularly helpful when the activities and tasks are processed with a therapist.

The Gifts of Imperfection, 10th Anniversary Edition by Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW
Recommended for adults looking to challenge the way they think they “should” be living and instead embrace a truly authentic life.

The Happiness Trap: Stop Struggling, Start Living by Russ Harris
Recommended for anyone looking to shift the way they think. This book uses principles of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help readers stop fighting their thoughts; instead, the focus is on shifting the way these thoughts influence one’s sense of self. Unfortunately, this book references weight loss as a goal several times, so be aware, as this may be triggering for some readers who are working to escape the diet mentality or work through eating disorder recovery.

How to Keep House While Drowning by KC Davis, LPC
This book is geared toward parents who feel overwhelmed keeping up with household and personal responsibilities while caring for others — however, anyone can benefit from the skills and techniques discussed in this book. It feels like a giant permission slip to offer yourself some grace and relax your expectations, while also offering practical tools to manage a household both practically and emotionally.

If Your Adolescent Has an Anxiety Disorder: An Essential Resource for Parents by Edna B. Foa, Ph.D. and Linda Wasmer Andrews
Recommended for parents of adolescents who are struggling with any type of anxiety disorder (i.e. GAD, PTSD, OCD, social anxiety).

The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck: How to Stop Spending Time You Don’t Have with People You Don’t Like Doing Things You Don’t Want to Do by Sarah Knight
Recommended for adults looking to feel empowered to engage in the things they truly enjoy vs. those they believe they “should” do. (Contains explicit language.)

When Someone You Know Has Depression: Words to Say and Things to Do by Susan J. Noonan, MD, MPH
Recommended for friends and family members of individuals struggling with depression.

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