Books about eating disorders

We have gathered books about eating disorders for parents because we know that parents are capable of helping their kids recover from eating disorders. The more parents learn about eating disorders and parenting, the better able they are to support their kids’ recovery journey.

Parents who have a child who has an eating disorder may feel afraid of mistakes they might have made in the past or mistakes they could made during treatment. Learning about eating disorders and parenting can help parents relax and gain confidence in their parenting, which will go a long way to helping children heal.

The recovery process is typically non-linear and may take a while, so parents can take the time to learn as much as they can to help them help their kids.

Approaching an eating disorder as a parent requires a whole new way of understanding your child, yourself and the dynamics within your family. Books can be very helpful in beginning to untangle these systems and make progress because they provide information and ideas that you may not have considered otherwise.

The books we have selected to include the following topics:

  • Eating disorder healing
  • Addiction psychology
  • Mental illness
  • Body image and body weight topics
  • Parenting children and teens
  • Leadership concepts

Featured books about eating disorders

"In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction"

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"Eating in the Light of the Moon: How Women Can Transform Their Relationship with Food Through Myths, Metaphors, and Storytelling"

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"Hold On to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers"

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"Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America"

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"Health At Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight"

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"Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls"

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"Secrets From the Eating Lab: The Science of Weight Loss, the Myth of Willpower, and Why You Should Never Diet Again"

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"Two Whole Cakes: How to Stop Dieting and Learn to Love Your Body"

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"Get Out of My Life, but First Could You Drive Me & Cheryl to the Mall: A Parent's Guide to the New Teenager"

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"The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind"

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"Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High"

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"Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ"

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