Eating Disorder Books

There are hundreds of books dedicated to eating disorders. Whether you suffer from an eating disorder or have a loved one who suffers, reading about eating disorders can help you gain a more healthy perspective. Here are just a few to help you get started.

Eating Disorder Books for Anorexia and Bulimia

Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia
By Marya Horbacher
From the back cover: Marya Horbacher sustains both anorexia and bulimia through five lengthy hospitalizations, endless therapy, and the loss of family, friends, jobs, and ultimately, any sense of what it means to be “normal”. In the vivid, emotionally wrenching memoir, she re-creates the experiences and illuminates the tangle of personal, family, and cultural causes underlying eating disorders. It’s the story of one womanís travels to the darker side of reality, and her decision to find her way back — on her own terms.

Dying to Be Thin
By Ira M. Sackler, Marc A. Zimmer
From the back cover: This authoritative and compassionate guide gives families, friends and sufferers themselves the help they need. This complete resource includes first-person case histories and explains what bulimia is and how people get hooked on a binge-purge cycle; the invisible causes of anorexia and bulimia; the medical effects of anorexia and bulimia; why many eating disorders go unnoticed by parents, teachers and friends; how to stop focusing on food and reawaken to feelings of belonging and love; where to go for professional help.

Eating Disorder Books for Compulsive Overeating

Overcoming Overeating
By Jane R. Hirschmann
From the publisher: Diet/binge. Good food/bad food. Punishment/reward. These are the compulsive eater’s nightmares, a longtime pattern of recrimination and guilt that ultimately leads to more overeating and more weight gain. Now, for the first time, here is a proven, step-by-step plan that doesn’t control your eating habits–but cures them, once and for all.

The Appetite Awareness Workbook: How to Listen to Your Body and Overcome Bingeing, Overeating & Obsession with Food
By Linda W. Craighead
From the publisher: This cognitively-based, eight-week program helps people who binge eat regain normal eating patterns by tracking their habits and slowly making adjustments until hunger and satisfaction/rather than out-of-control emotions/govern when and how they eat.

Eating Disorder Books for Men

Making Weight: Healing Men’s Conflicts with Food, Weight and Shape
By Arnold Anderson, Leigh Cohn, Tom Holbrook
From the back cover: In recent years, there has been an explosion in the numbers of men with eating disorders, body image conflicts, compulsive exercise, and obesity. Long thought to be “women’s issues,” these have now become hidden problems for millions of men. This book explains why — and what to do about it.

Invisible Man: A Self-help Guide for Men with Eating Disorders, Compulsive Exercise and Bigorexia
By John F. Morgan
From the publisher: Increasingly boys and men are suffering with eating disorders and related body image problems. Some have full-blown conditions such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia, binge eating, compulsive exercising or bigorexia. Others are distressed by slightly lesser degrees of disordered eating or over-exercise and seek ways of overcoming their problems. The Invisible Man applies the latest research to produce a practical, problem-focused self-help manual for men with eating disorders and body image problems. By combining the science of cognitive behavior therapy with motivational enhancement and problem-solving therapies, The Invisible Man will provide help to all men with body image disorders, as well as families and professionals involved in their care.

Eating Disorder Books for Athletes

Eating Disorders in Athletes
By Joaquin Dosil
From the back cover: This comprehensive, up-to-date book presents the latest research and applied practice to address all of the key issues relating to sport and eating disorders. Eating Disorders in Athletes will prove invaluable to a range of professionals working with athletes including sport psychologists, sport nutritionists, sport medicine specialists and coaches. It will also be essential reading for students on a range of courses within sport science and sport psychology.