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Andrea's Voice: Silenced by Bulimia. Doris Smeltzer with Andrea Lynn Smeltzer, $20.50

After a one-year struggle with bulimia, Andrea Smeltzer died in her sleep at the age of 19, catapulting her mother, Doris, into a journey of self-discovery. By combining Andrea’s poetry and journal entries, mother and daughter tell the story together, capturing the bond that connected them. Doris’ honest exploration of the emotional issues surrounding her daughter’s development of bulimia provides insight and guidance not only to parents, but also to any young woman who is struggling to find her independence.


Beating Eating Disorders Step-by-Step: a Self-Help Guide for Recovery. Anna Paterson, $32.95

People living with eating disorders find it hard to take the step of choosing recovery, often because the disorder has developed as a way of 'coping' with problems or stresses in the their life. This practical workbook provides advice and strategies to aid understanding and to help the reader to gain control of their illness. Author Anna Paterson emphasizes the importance of taking things at your own pace as she leads the reader through a series of exercises that lead to a new perspective on eating and body awareness.


Being Me (and Loving It): Stories and Activities to Help Build Self-esteem, Confidence, Positive Body Image and Resilience in Children. Naomi Richards & Julia Hague, $33.95

With 29 real life and relatable stories at its heart, this practical resource is designed to help build self-esteem and body confidence in children aged 5-11. Each story is the focus of a ready-to-use lesson plan, covering common issues that affect children such as a lack of body confidence, feeling pressured by peers and worries about puberty. The stories are preceded by guidance on how to introduce the topic and the learning outcomes, and they are followed by a range of activities to reinforce the messages being taught. The stories can either be read aloud to a class or group or photocopied and shared for individual reading.

Perfect for use in lessons with groups of children, or in one-to-one settings in the therapy room or at home, this book is a useful resource for teachers, school counsellors, youth workers, as well as parents.

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The Body Image Workbook: an 8-Step Program for Learning to Like Your Looks. Thomas Cash, $34.95

If you don't like what you see when you look in the mirror, you may not realize that these feelings are entirely within your grasp. THE BODY IMAGE WORKBOOK offers a comprehensive program to help you stop focusing on your perceived imperfections and start feeling more confident about the way you look.

As you complete the help-sheets in this book, you'll learn to celebrate your body instead of feeling ashamed of it. This new edition helps you discover your personal body image strengths and vulnerabilities and then guides you in creating new, life-changing experiences of mindfulness and body acceptance. After completing this eight-step program, you'll look at yourself in a whole new light-seeing the beauty of the real you.


The Body Image Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help Girls Develop a Healthy Body Image in an Image-Obsessed World. Julia Taylor, $23.95

Like most teens, you want to feel good about the way you look. But what happens when the way you look just doesn't feel good enough? Whether it's online, on TV, or in magazines, images of impossibly perfect and mostly Photoshopped-young women are everywhere. As a result, you may feel an intense pressure to look a certain way. Your friends feel the pressure too, which often creates a secret comparison competition that can make you feel worse about yourself. So how can you start feeling good about who you are, as is?

In The Body Image Workbook for Teens, you'll find practical exercises and tips that address the most common factors that can lead to negative body image, including: comparison, negative self-talk, unrealistic media images, societal and family pressures, perfectionism, toxic friendships, and a fear of disappointing others. You'll also learn powerful coping strategies to deal with the daily, intense pressures of being a teenage girl. If you are ready to stop comparing yourself to others, silence your inner critic, and build authentic, lasting self-confidence, this book is your go-to guide.


The Bulimia Workbook for Teens. Lisa Schab, $18.95

Break the cycle of bulimia and take charge of your life. THE BULIMIA WORKBOOK FOR TEENS offers 42 exercises that will help you end the chaos and instead learn to focus on becoming the person you really want to be. Based in cognitive behavioral therapy, these skills help you to:

  • Build the strength to reduce your dependence on bulimia
  • Overcome perfectionism
  • Manage difficult emotions
  • Take control of your relationship with food

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Can I Tell You about Eating Disorders? A Guide for Friends, Family, and Professionals. Bryan Lask & Lucy Watson, $15.95

Meet Alice — a teenage girl with anorexia nervosa. Alice invites readers to learn about anorexia nervosa and how it makes her see herself differently from how other people see her. She also introduces readers to Beth who has bulimia nervosa, Sam who has selective eating problems, Francesca who has functional dysphagia and Freddie who has food avoidance emotional disorder. They all explain why they find food difficult and how their eating disorders are different.

This illustrated book is an ideal introduction to understanding the complex issues surrounding eating disorders. It shows family, friends and teachers how they can support a young person with an eating disorder and will also be a good place to start when encouraging open conversations about eating disorders at school or at home.


The Compassionate-Mind Guide to Ending Overeating: Using Compassion-Focused Therapy to Overcome Bingeing and Disordered Eating. Ken Goss, $27.95

You know the cycle: you have a stressful day and find yourself snacking or overeating at dinner to make yourself feel better. The ritual of eating becomes so calming, you can't stop-and the guilt and self-criticism you feel can lead you to overeat even more the next day. What you may not know is that simply replacing your negative feelings with compassion for yourself can interrupt this cycle so that you can meet your emotional needs without resorting to overeating.

THE COMPASSIONATE-MIND GUIDE TO ENDING OVEREATING presents an evidence-based program designed to help you transcend your emotional connection with food. As you work through the worksheets and evaluations in this book, you'll discover the specific reasons for your overeating, find out which foods trigger you to overeat, and then develop satisfying meal plans for getting your eating back on track. You'll also build compassionate-mind skills for dealing with stress, self-criticism, and shame, and establish a balanced eating pattern that will free you from the overeating cycle.


Distorted: How a Mother and Daughter Unraveled the Truth, the Lies, and the Realities of an Eating Disorder. Antosz Benson & Taryn Leigh Benson, $16.95

DISTORTED is a riveting true account of a teen caught in the grips of an eating disorder and the mother who struggled to help her break free.

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Does This Book Make Me Look Fat? Stories about Loving — and Loathing — Your Body. Edited by Marissa Walsh, $21.95

How often do you find yourself looking in the mirror? And smiling at what you see? More likely, you're thinking what you see is: Fat, Ugly, Skinny, Round, Stacked or Flat, Bad or Good. From reality television to tabloid headlines, we're all surrounded by weight and discussion of weight. In this collection, a stellar lineup of YA writers sound off on body image, self-esteem, diets, eating disorders, boys, fashion magazines, and why trying on jeans is a bad experience for everyone.


Eating Disorder Recovery Handbook: a Practical Guide to Long-Term Recovery. Nicola Davies & Emma Bacon, $33.95

This empathetic handbook has been created for people affected by any form of disordered eating. Thoughtfully compiled by experienced authors, it will be a comprehensive guide through every stage of your recovery, from recognising and understanding your disorder and learning fully about treatment, to self-help tools and practical advice for maintaining recovery and looking to the future.

Each chapter includes suggested objectives, tasks and reflections which are designed to help you think about, engage with, and express your thoughts, feelings and behaviours. It will encourage you to process the discoveries you make about yourself for positive and long-lasting change. Encouraging quotes are included throughout from people who have walked this path and found the help they needed to overcome their own disordered eating. You are not alone on this journey.


Eating the Moment: 141 Mindful Practices to Overcome Overeating One Meal at a Time. Pavel Somov, $20.95

No start dates, dieting tips or meal plans in this book — just practical and meaningful exercises to help you end mindless eating and begin nourishing yourself in a healthy and fulfilling ways.

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Ed Says U Said: Eating Disorder Translator. June Alexander & Cate Sangster, $22.95

When an eating disorder (ED) is involved, the problems caused by miscommunication can have serious consequences. A remark from a parent that is intended as positive encouragement could act as a trigger and a criticism from someone with an ED might really be a cry for help.

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, ED SAYS U SAID 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. It provides clear examples of the common pitfalls and gives invaluable advice about how to help in defusing the triggers and regaining the personality swamped by the illness.

A unique resource of information on EDs, this book will be essential reading for everyone who has been affected by eating disorders: sufferers, carers, family and friends, together with health care professionals treating people with eating disorders.


8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder: Effective Strategies from therapeutic Practice and Personal Experience. Carolyn Costin & Gwen Schubert Grabb, $23.00

For anyone who has suffered, their family and friends, and other helping professionals, this book should be by your side. With great compassion and clinical expertise, Costin and Grabb walk readers through the ins and outs of the recovery process, describing what therapy entails, clarifying the common associated emotions such as fear, guilt, and shame, and, most of all, providing motivation to seek help if you have been discouraged, resistant, or afraid. The authors bring self-disclosure to a level not yet seen in an eating disorder book and offer hope to readers that full recovery is possible.


First Steps Out of Eating Disorders. Kate Middleton & Jane Smith, $10.95

Information and inspiration to start on the road to recovery from anorexia, bulimia, bingeing and other eating disorders.

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Full Mouse Empty Mouse: a Tale of Food and Feelings. Dina Zeckhausen, illustrated by Brian Boyd,  $10.95 (Grades 2-5)

What can two little mice do when they are chased by the cat, hounded by the dog, and threatened by the deadly mousetrap? Billy Blue tries eating more food to soothe his distress, and Sally Rose stops eating altogether. But when stuffing and starving themselves don't help, they learn to look for answers in their hearts, and with their family and friends.


Full of Ourselves: a Wellness Program to Advance Girl Power, Health and Leadership. Catherine Steiner-Adair & Lisa Sjostrom, $44.95

This dynamic health-and-wellness education program addresses critical issues of body preoccupation and reduces risk for disordered eating in girls (grades 3–8). Emphasizing girls’ personal power and overall mental and physical well-being, FULL OF OURSELVES contains a range of upbeat units that foster:

  • Increased self and body acceptance
  • Healthier eating and exercise habits
  • Advanced leadership and media literacy skills
  • A range of coping skills for resisting unhealthy peer and cultural pressures

This primary prevention curriculum has shown sustained, positive changes in girls’ body image, body satisfaction, and body esteem. Educators, health professionals, counselors, and parents will find FULL OF OURSELVES the ideal resource for helping girls make healthy choices for themselves.


Getting Over Overeating for Teens: a Workbook to Transform Your Relationship with Food Using CBT, Mindfulness & Intuitive Eating. Andrea Wachter, $21.95

If you struggle with overeating, you are not alone. Studies show that millions of teens face problems with emotional eating, weight gain, and negative body image. However, these facts and figures do not include sneak eaters, overeaters who do not binge, and teens who overeat but manage their weight through excessive exercise. So, if you’re struggling with the habit of overeating, where can you turn?

Getting Over Overeating for Teens, written by an eating disorders specialist who struggled with her own issues as a teen, provides a wealth of tools to help you change your relationship with food. Using an integrated approach that includes mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and intuitive eating, this book will focus on the emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual factors that are essential to overcoming overeating. With the practical advice and powerful exercises in this book, you’ll come to a better understanding of your urge to overeat, and learn skills such as emotion regulation, assertive communication, moderate eating, and working with cravings. Most importantly, you’ll find better ways to fill up and be ready to apply what you’ve learned to living a healthier, happier life.

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Give Food a Chance: a New View on Childhood Eating Disorders. Julie O'Toole, $24.95

Describing the foundational philosophy behind The Kartini Clinic's proven and world-renowned treatment protocol, O'Toole presents compelling evidence that childhood eating disorders have a neurological rather than a psycho-social basis, and explains what this means for treatment. She describes clearly what patients and families can expect from treatment, signs and symptoms indicating the need for hospitalization, and advice on how to recognise a relapse. The book also includes clear descriptions of The Kartini Clinic's ground-breaking Meal Plan and approach to 'capping' weight gain. 

Give Food a Chance is an invaluable resource that will give parents and professionals everywhere the information, encouragement, and support they need to deal with this often misunderstood disorder.


Help for Eating Disorders: a Parent's Guide to Symptoms, Causes & Treatments. Debra Katzman & Leora Pinhas, $24.95

From the Eating Disorders Program at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, comes this indispensable guide to eating disorders. HELP FOR EATING DISORDERS provides parents with clear information on how to identify the signs and symptoms, understand the range and efficacy of available treatments as well as how family, friends and community can assist in the child's recovery. Using current, sound medical information; case studies and practical worksheets, checklists and exercises this book can help parent's gain the knowledge and support they need during the process of diagnosis and treatment.


Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder, 2nd Edition. James Lock & Daniel Le Grange

Tens of thousands of parents have turned to this compassionate guide for support and practical advice grounded in cutting-edge scientific knowledge. Experts James Lock and Daniel Le Grange explain what you need to know about eating disorders, which treatments work, and why it is absolutely essential to play an active role in your teen's recovery — even though parents have often been told to take a back seat.

Learn how to monitor your teen's eating and exercise, manage mealtimes, end weight-related power struggles, and partner successfully with health care providers. When families work together to get the most out of treatment and prevent relapse, eating disorders can be beat. This book is your essential roadmap. Featuring the latest research, resources, and diagnostic information, the second edition has been expanded to cover binge-eating disorder.

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Helping Your Child with Extreme Picky Eating: a Step-by-Step Guide for Overcoming Selective Eating, Food Aversion, and Feeding Disorders. Katja Rowell & Jenny McGlothlin, $24.95

In Helping Your Child with Extreme Picky Eating, a family doctor specializing in childhood feeding joins forces with a speech pathologist to help you support your child's nutrition, healthy growth, and end meal-time anxiety (for your child and you) once and for all.

Are you parenting a child with 'extreme' picky eating? Do you worry your child isn't getting the nutrition he or she needs? Are you tired of fighting over food, suspect that what you've tried may be making things worse, but don't know how to help? Having a child with 'extreme' picky eating is frustrating and sometimes scary. Children with feeding disorders, food aversions, or selective eating often experience anxiety around food, and the power struggles can negatively impact your relationship with your child. Children with extreme picky eating can also miss out on parties or camp because they can't find “safe” foods. But you don't have to choose between fighting over every bite and only serving a handful of safe foods for years on end.

Helping Your Child with Extreme Picky Eating offers hope, even if your child has “failed” feeding therapies before. After gaining a foundation of understanding of your child's challenges and the dynamics at play, you'll be ready for the five steps (built around the clinically proven STEPS+ approach-Supportive Treatment of Eating in PartnershipS) that transform feeding and meals so your child can learn to enjoy a variety of foods in the right amounts for healthy growth. You'll discover specific strategies for dealing with anxiety, low appetite, sensory challenges, autism spectrum-related feeding issues, oral motor delay, and medically-based feeding problems. Tips and exercises reinforce what you've learned, and dozens of “scripts” help you respond to your child in the heat of the moment, as well as to others in your child's life (grandparents or your child's teacher) as you help them support your family on this journey. This book will prove an invaluable guide to restore peace to your dinner table and help you raise a healthy eater.


How To Be Comfortable in Your Own Feathers. Julia Cook, $14.50

Bluebird, along with most everyone else at school, wants to flutter like the most popular bird in their class, Hummingbird. Trying to look like Hummingbird, Bluebird starts to develop unhealthy eating habits.

Mom comes to the rescue by teaching Bluebird balance and by explaining that everyone needs to feel comfortable in their own feathers.


How to Disappear Completely: On Modern Anorexia. Kelsey Osgood, $28.50

At fourteen, Kelsey Osgood became fascinated by the stories of women who starved themselves. She devoured their memoirs and magazine articles, committing the most salacious details of their cautionary tales to memory — how little they ate, their lowest weights, and their merciless exercise regimes — to learn what it would take to be the very best anorectic. When she was hospitalized for anorexia at fifteen, she found herself in an existential wormhole: how can one suffer from something one has actively sought out? Through her own decade-long battle with anorexia, which included three lengthy hospitalizations, Osgood harrowingly describes the haunting and competitive world of inpatient facilities populated with other adolescents, some as young as ten years old.

With attuned storytelling and unflinching introspection, Kelsey Osgood unpacks the modern myths of anorexia, examining the cult-like underbelly of eating disorders in the young, as she chronicles her own rehabilitation. How to Disappear Completely is a brave, candid and emotionally wrenching memoir that explores the physical, internal, and social ramifications of eating disorders and subverts many of the popularly held notions of the illness and, most hopefully, the path to recovery.

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The Inner-Beauty Secret. Keisha Howard, illustrated by Kathy Voerg, $21.50 (GR PreK-5)

Kids are constantly bombarded with messages from the media about the importance of physical beauty. They start comparing themselves to each other and celebrities at a very young age, which causes lower self-esteem. This book explores the concept of beauty being found within a person’s character rather than in their physical attributes. This book can be used in small group counseling sessions, or it can be read as a single story to and entire class to teach Character Education.

The paperback version includes discussion questions, inner-beauty tips for parents and educators and a list of other resources including a link to reproducible worksheets and lesson plans to use with the story.

The Inner-Beauty Secret CD-Rom. Keisha Howard, illustrated by Kathy Voerg, $21.50 (GR PreK-5)

These highly interactive mini-lessons and animated storybook can be used on any digital white board such as Promethean Board™ or SMART Board™ or simply on a computer. Kids will love the interactivity, animation, great sound effects and narration of the story. Also included are reproducible worksheets and lesson plans.


Inside Out: Portrait of an Eating Disorder. Nadia Shivack, $21.99

Nadia Shivack was fourteen years old when she met Ed, her eating disorder. Sometimes like an alien in her body, sometimes like a lover, Ed was unpredictable and exciting, but ultimately always dangerous and destructive. At an inpatient unit of a hospital where she was taken for treatment, Nadia wrote and drew on napkins after meals in order to keep the food in and calm the outrageous voices in her head. These pictures, together with others drawn on notebook paper and a variety of other surfaces, tell an unflinchingly honest story of a woman's lifelong battle with anorexia and bulimia.

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The Journey of the Heroic Parent: Your Child's Struggle & the Road Home. Brad Reedy, $17.95

Every day parents face heartbreaking situations. Raising a child struggling with mental health issues, addictions, depression, suicidal thoughts, eating disorders or just the normal angst associated with growing up can be frightening and confusing. When all you’ve done is not enough, when your child seems lost and you feel inept and impotent, Dr. Reedy can help you take the necessary steps to find your child, not with cursory cures or snappy solutions, but rather by effecting positive change in your own behavior.

On your journey, you will confront, re-evaluate, and grow confident in your beliefs as a parent. You will learn how to lovingly and effectively communicate your intentions to your child. Reedy’s process will teach you how to find peace and security in your skills as a parent, and help you get comfortable exactly where you are. Even if you’ve made mistakes, even if you think you’ve failed, you still have the power to be a great parent. Healthy parenting leads to a healthy life for your whole family, and The Journey of the Heroic Parent will be your guide as you walk the path to hope.


Julia Morphs and Learns to Accept Herself. Rosalind Block, $21.50 (GR PreK-4)

Julia is not happy with her looks. Her friend Abena the rabbit is thin and does great in ballet. Julia thinks she would be better off if she was thin and small like her friend. She sits in front of her wishing mirror one night and wishes so hard that she could look more like her friend. That night the wishing fairy does his magic and Julia morphs! The next day she looks very different and is excited to show everyone her new look. But she soon learns that her new “look” has some unexpected disadvantages. Abena reminds Julia of all the things she could do so well before her change. Julia then realizes she liked her old self better. The important thing is to be happy with yourself and not compare your looks with others.

Our culture is focused so much on body image. Julia’s story can help all young girls who don’t accept how they look to see their real beauty and appreciate their uniqueness.  Julia speaks to kids who are anxious about being “different,” to recognize the unique, real beauty that is within them. 


Letting Ana Go. Anonymous, $11.99

She was a good girl from a good family, with everything she could want or need. But below the surface, she felt like she could never be good enough. Like she could never live up to the expectations that surrounded her. Like she couldn’t do anything to make a change. But there was one thing she could control completely: how much she ate. The less she ate the better — stronger — she felt. It’s a dangerous game, and there is such a thing as going too far.

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A Parent's Guide to Defeating Eating Disorders: Spotting the Stealth Bomber and Other Symbolic Approaches. Ahmed Boache & Karin Jasper, $22.95

Building a supportive and open relationship with young people suffering from eating disorders is key to assisting the recovery process. This book is packed with metaphorical explanations that will allow parents and caregivers to ally themselves with treatment rather than the eating disorder, and take positive steps with their child towards a full and lasting recovery.

Written by experienced eating disorder specialists, the book will help caregivers to reach out to young people having difficulty cooperating with treatment. Its effective use of analogies and metaphors helps to crystallize a practical understanding of eating disorders and the crucial aspects of the treatment process. Integrating medical, psychological, and narrative aspects, as well as the visual (with illustrations), it encourages the reader, and by extension the sufferer, to conceptualize each step towards health.


The Parent's Guide to Eating Disorders: Supporting Self-Esteem, Healthy Eating & a Positive Body Image at Home. Marcia Herrin & Nancy Matsumoto, $23.50

THE PARENT'S GUIDE TO EATING DISORDERS addresses childhood and teenage eating disorders with an emphasis on home-based recovery. Herrin focuses on early detection and intervention with effective solutions that begin at home. This second edition includes new information on family communication, medical consequences, advice for siblings, relapse prevention, food plans, and boys at risk.


Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: the Frightening New Normalcy of Hating Your Body. Courtney Martin, $29.99

Courtney Martin voices her concern for her young generation — so obsessed with being thin that their awareness is always focused on elusive notions of excellence. Health and wellness, joy and love have come to seem secondary compared to the desire for a perfect body.

Feminism and perfectionism form the background to this political, personal and riveting call to action. PERFECT GIRLS, STARVING DAUGHTERS should be read by anyone who is looking for insight into the epidemic of body obsession.

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Rosey Rudey and the Enormous Chocolate Mountain, a Story about Hunger, Overeating, and using Food for Comfort. Sarah Naish & Rosie Jeffries, $18.95

Whenever Rosie Rudey gets an empty feeling in her tummy, she'll try to fix it by eating sugary food, especially chocolate. One day Rosie eats far more than she means to, and throws up all over the garden! This is the perfect story to explain to children aged 3-10 the problems of overeating and using food for comfort.


Self-Harm and Eating Disorders in Schools: a Guide to Whole-School Strategies and Practical Support. Pooky Knightsmith, $31.95

Self-harm and eating disorders are present in almost every school and they frequently co-occur. This book provides the vital guidance that school staff need to spot early warning signs, understand triggers and support the students in their care effectively.

This very practical guide helps educational professionals to gain a better understanding of self-harm and eating disorders by dispelling the myths and misconceptions that surround these behaviours. The book provides advice on whole-school policies and procedures as well as day-to-day strategies to implement in lessons, at mealtimes and in one-on-one sessions. It explains how to respond to disclosures, make referrals and work alongside parents to assist in the road to recovery.


Skin and Bones. Sherry Shahan, $13.99 (novel)

Sixteen-year-old Jack, nicknamed "Bones," won't eat. His roommate in the eating disorder ward has the opposite problem and proudly goes by the nickname "Lard." They become friends despite Bones's initial reluctance. When Bones meets Alice, a dangerously thin dancer who loves to break the rules, he lets his guard down even more. Soon Bones is so obsessed with Alice that he's willing to risk everything — even his recovery. 

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Straight Talk about Eating Disorders. Carrie Iorizzo, $11.95 (ages 10-15+)

This insightful book examines different types of eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia, and compulsive overeating, and discusses causes, symptoms, treatment, and prevention. Up-to-date information and firsthand accounts shed light on body image and eating disorders that are becoming increasingly common in adolescence. Practical advice on developing a positive self-image is also included.


This Mean Disease: Growing Up in the Shadow of My Mother's Anorexia Nervosa. Daniel Becker, $20.50

In this beautifully-written memoir, Daniel Becker shares the inner world of his mother's anorexia nervosa and its devastating effects on his family. Through the eyes of a child, we witness both the heartbreaking details of his mother's obsession with food and her inability to nourish herself. The secrecy surrounding the illness creates a shadow over the family that grows bigger over time. As Daniel, his father and brothers struggle to maintain their loyalty to Mom, they become aware of its impossible grip and their inability to help her. In the end, Daniel must face his own guilt and longing to find his way out of the darkness.


Too Fat? Too Thin? The Healthy Eating Handbook. Melissa Sayer, $11.50 (ages 10 and up)

Not happy with your body? Worried that a friend has an eating disorder? Can't find the motivation to exercise? THE HEALTHY EATING HANDBOOK is here to help with useful advice, facts, tips and quizzes on these issues and more.

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What’s Eating You: a Workbook for Teens with Anorexia, Bulimia and Other Eating Disorders. Tammy Nelson, $23.95

Bingeing, purging, excessive dieting, and relentless exercising are all destructive behaviors common among young women with eating disorders. The activities in this book help teenage girls understand how their eating behaviors developed, recognize the relationship between their emotions and their eating, and learn to see their bodies in a positive light.


When the Mirror Lies: Anorexia, Bulimia and Other Eating Disorders. Tamra Orr, $23.95

WHEN THE MIRROR LIES is a practical, easy-to-read but detailed look at the warning signs, physical and emotional side effects and treatment options for eating disorders. Personal anecdotes from teens and adults, male and female help illustrate this informative little guide written for those suffering from eating disorders as well as their family, friends and caregivers.


Your Dieting Daughter: Antidotes Parents Can Provide for Body Dissatisfaction, Excessive Dieting, and Disordered Eating, 2nd Edition. Carolyn Costin, $41.50

YOUR DIETING DAUGHTER is a must read for anyone wanting to help contribute to a young woman’s development of a healthy self and body esteem, whether she is 13 or 30 in a culture that places an unhealthy emphasis on being thin. From aiding a young girl to lose weight for health reasons; to encouraging a young woman to accept her natural body size; to helping detect, prevent, and understand eating disorders, this second edition is full of practical and invaluable information. Chapters guide parents in the Do’s and Don’ts that will help a daughter to accept, respect, and care for her body. Readers will learn the importance of setting a good example and the critical need to take the focus from numbers and measurements — such as scale weight, clothing size, miles run, or sit-ups accomplished — to important goals like health, body acceptance, and finding physical activity to enjoy. Whether you are interested in being a good role model for you daughter, helping girls and women who are currently suffering from an eating disorder or body image issues, or raising the next generation of girls to value the size of their heart over their body size, this is a book not to be missed.

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Resources for Families and Professionals

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Body Image Dissatisfaction: a Practitioner's Guide to Using Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Values-Based Behavior Change Strategies. Adria Pearson, Michelle Heffner & Victoria Follette, $59.95

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Eating Disorders: a Process-Focused Guide to Treating Eating Disorders with ACT. Emily Sandoz, Kelly Wilson & Troy DuFrene, $67.95

Andrea's Voice: Silenced by Bulimia. Doris Smeltzer with Andrea Lynn Smeltzer, $20.50

Anorexia Nervosa: a Guide to Recovery. Lindsey Hall & Minika Ostroff, $21.50

The Anorexia Workbook: How to Accept Yourself, Heal Your Suffering, and Reclaim Your Life. Michelle Heffner & Georg Eifert, $24.95

The BDD Workbook: Overcome Body Dysmorphic Disorder and End Body Image Obsessions. James Claiborne, $27.95

Beating Ana: How to Outsmart Your Eating Disorder & Take Back Your Life. Shannon Cutts, $18.95

Beating Eating Disorders Step-by-Step: a Self-Help Guide for Recovery. Anna Paterson, $32.95

Being Me (and Loving It): Stories and Activities to Help Build Self-esteem, Confidence, Positive Body Image and Resilience in Children. Naomi Richards & Julia Hague, $33.95

The Binge Eating and Compulsive Overeating Workbook:  an Integrated Approach to Overcoming Disordered Eating. Carolyn Coker Ross, $24.95

Binge No More: Your Guide to Overcoming Disordered Eating. Joyce Nash, $21.95

Biting Anorexia: a Firsthand Account of an internal War. Lucy Howard-Taylor, $19.95

The Body Image Workbook: an 8-Step Program for Learning to Like Your Looks. Thomas Cash, $34.95

The Body Image Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help Girls Develop a Healthy Body Image in an Image-Obsessed World. Julia Taylor, $23.95

The Body Project: an Intimate History of American Girls. Joan Jacobs Brumberg, $17.95

Body Thieves: Help Girls Reclaim their Natural Bodies and Become More Physically Active. Sandra Susan Friedman, $19.95

The Broken Mirror: Understanding and Treating Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Katharine Phillips, $25.95

The Bulimia Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Stop Bingeing and Purging. Lisa Schab, $18.95

Can I Tell You about Eating Disorders? A Guide for Friends, Family, and Professionals. Bryan Lask & Lucy Watson, $15.95

The Compassionate-Mind Guide to Ending Overeating: Using Compassion-Focused Therapy to Overcome Bingeing and Disordered Eating. Ken Goss, $27.95

Consuming Passions: Feminist Approaches to Weight Preoccupation and Eating Disorders. Catrina Brown & Karin Jasper (eds), $19.95

Coping with a Picky Eater: a Guide for the Perplexed Parent. William Wilkoff, $16.95

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The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Bulimia: Using DBT to Break the Cycle and Regain Control of Your Life. Ellen Astrachan-Fletcher & Michael Maslar, $27.95

Distorted: How a Mother and Daughter Unraveled the Truth, the Lies, and the Realities of an Eating Disorder. Antosz Benson & Taryn Leigh Benson, $18.95

Does This Book Make Me Look Fat? Stories about Loving — and Loathing — Your Body. Edited by Marissa Walsh, $21.95 (ages 14 and up)

Dying to Be Thin: Understanding and Defeating Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia, a Practical, Lifesaving Guide. Irma Sacker & Marc Zimmer, $21.95

Eating Disorder Recovery Handbook: a Practical Guide to Long-Term Recovery. Nicola Davies & Emma Bacon, $33.95

Eating Disorders: the Facts, 6th Edition. Suzanne Abraham, $24.95

Eat, Drink, and Be Mindful: How to End Your Struggle with Mindless Eating and Start Savoring Food with Intention and Joy. Susan Albers, $23.95

Eating the Moment: 141 Mindful Practices to Overcome Overeating One Meal at a Time. Pavel Somov, $17.95

Eating with Fierce Kindness: a Mindful and Compassionate Guide to Losing Weight. Sasha Loring, $19.95

Ed Says U Said: Eating Disorder Translator. June Alexander & Cate Sangster, $22.95

8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder: Effective Strategies from therapeutic Practice and Personal Experience. Carolyn Costin & Gwen Schubert Grabb, $23.00

Fasting Girls: the History of Anorexia Nervosa. Joan Jacobs Brumberg, $19.95

Feeding the Starving Mind: a Personalized, Comprehensive Approach to Overcoming Anorexia and Other Starvation Eating Disorders.  Doreen Samelson, $24.95

50 Ways to Soothe Yourself without Food. Susan Albers, $21.95

First Steps Out of Eating Disorders. Kate Middleton & Jane Smith, $10.95

Full Mouse Empty Mouse: a Tale of Food and Feelings. Dina Zeckhausen, illustrated by Brian Boyd,  $10.95 (Grades 2-5)

Full of Ourselves; a Wellness Program to Advance Girl Power, Health and Leadership. Catherine Steiner-Adair & Lisa Sjostrom, $44.95

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Getting Over Overeating for Teens: a Workbook to Transform Your Relationship with Food Using CBT, Mindfulness & Intuitive Eating. Andrea Wachter, $21.95

Give Food a Chance: a New View on Childhood Eating Disorders. Julie O'Toole, $24.95

The Good Eater: the True Story of One Man's Struggle with Binge Eating Disorder. Ron Saxen, $26.95

Handbook of Treatment for Eating Disorders, 2nd Edition. David Garner & Paul Garfinkel (eds), $85.95

Help for Eating Disorders: a Parent's Guide to Symptoms, Causes & Treatments. Debra Katzman & Leora Pinhas, $24.95

Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder, 2nd Edition. James Lock & Daniel Le Grange

Helping Your Child Overcome an Eating Disorder: What you Can Do at Home. Bethany Teachmen, et al. $23.95

Helping Your Child with Extreme Picky Eating: a Step-by-Step Guide for Overcoming Selective Eating, Food Aversion, and Feeding Disorders. Katja Rowell & Jenny McGlothlin, $24.95

Homesick: a Memoir of Family, Food and Finding Hope. Jenny Lauren, $19.00

How To Be Comfortable in Your Own Feathers. Julia Cook, $14.50

How to Disappear Completely: On Modern Anorexia. Kelsey Osgood, $28.50

Hunger for Understanding: a Workbook for Helping Young People to Understand and Overcome Anorexia Nervosa. Alison Eivors & Sophie Nesbitt, $63.99

Hunger Pains: the Modern Woman's Tragic Quest for Thinness. Mary Pipher, $14.00

If Your Adolescent Has an Eating Disorder: an Essential Resource for Parents. Timothy Walsh & V. Cameron, $10.95

I'm Like So Fat! Helping Your Teen Make Healthy Choices about Eating and Exercise in a Weight Obsessed World. Diane Neumark-Sztainer, $21.95

The Inner-Beauty Secret. Keisha Howard, illustrated by Kathy Voerg, $21.50 (GR PreK-5)

The Inner-Beauty Secret CD-Rom. Keisha Howard, illustrated by Kathy Voerg, $21.50 (GR PreK-5)

Inside Out: Portrait of an Eating Disorder. Nadia Shivack, $21.99

The Journey of the Heroic Parent: Your Child's Struggle & the Road Home. Brad Reedy, $17.95

Julia Morphs and Learns to Accept Herself. Rosalind Block, $21.50 (GR PreK-4)

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Just for Girls: a Program to Help Girls Safely Navigate the Rocky Road through Adolescence and Avoid Pitfalls Such as Eating Disorders and Preoccupation with Food and Weight. Sandra Friedman, $35.00

Letting Ana Go. Anonymous, $11.99

Nurturing Girlpower: Integrating Eating Disorder Prevention/Intervention Skills into Your Practice. Sandra Friedman, $35.00

101 Ways to Help Your Daughter Love Her Body. Brenda Lane Richardson & Elaine Rehr, $19.99

The Overcoming Bulimia Workbook: Your Comprehensive Step-by-Step Guide to Recovery. Randi McCabe, $26.95

A Parent's Guide to Defeating Eating Disorders: Spotting the Stealth Bomber and Other Symbolic Approaches. Ahmed Boache & Karin Jasper, $22.95

The Parent's Guide to Eating Disorders: Supporting Self-Esteem, Healthy Eating & a Positive Body Image at Home. Marcia Herrin & Nancy Matsumoto, $20.50

Peeling the Onion: How Many Layers Hide the Person You Really Are? Wendy Orr, $7.50 (ages 12 – 16)

Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: the Frightening New Normalcy of Hating Your Body. Courtney Martin, $17.50

Rosey Rudey and the Enormous Chocolate Mountain, a Story about Hunger, Overeating, and using Food for Comfort. Sarah Naish & Rosie Jeffries, $18.95

Self-Harm and Eating Disorders in Schools: a Guide to Whole-School Strategies and Practical Support. Pooky Knightsmith, $31.95

Skin and Bones. Sherry Shahan, $13.99 (novel)

Straight Talk about Eating Disorders. Carrie Iorizzo, $11.95 (ages 10-15+)

This Mean Disease: Growing Up in the Shadow of My Mother's Anorexia Nervosa. Daniel Becker, $20.50

Too Fat? Too Thin? The Healthy Eating Handbook. Melissa Sayer, $11.50 (ages 10 and up)

What's Eating You: a Workbook for Teens with Anorexia, Bulimia and Other Eating Disorders. Tammy Nelson, $23.95

When Dieting Becomes Dangerous: a Guide to Understanding and Treating Anorexia and Bulimia. Deborah Michel & Susan Willard, $21.95

When the Mirror Lies: Anorexia, Bulimia and Other Eating Disorders. Tamra Orr, $23.95

When Women Stop Hating their Bodies: Freeing Yourself from Food and Weight Obsession. Jane Hirschmann & Carol Munter, $19.95

Women's Bodies, Women's Lives: Health, Well-Being and Body Image. Baukje Miedema, et al, eds. $24.95

Your Dieting Daughter: Antidotes Parents Can Provide for Body Dissatisfaction, Excessive Dieting, and Disordered Eating, 2nd Edition. Carolyn Costin, $41.50

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