ANRED logo: eating disorders: anorexia nervosa, bulimia, binge eating disorder: information and resources

A bibliography

Browse through the following six sections to find resources that will give you information and ideas for change. The first section contains books written for parents, friends, and family members. The second section offers self-help techniques and resources for people who want to alter their relationship to food. The third section includes spiritual approaches to change. The fourth section offers personal stories written by people who have overcome disordered eating. The fifth section includes material for clinicians, educators, youth workers, and agency personnel. The last section lists the many resources used in construction of the ANRED Web site.

Please note, the books are listed in no particular order. For more information about them, see the catalogue descriptions at Gurze Books.

  •  For parents, friends, and family members
    • Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder, by James Lock, MD, Ph.D. and Daniel LeGrange, Ph.D.
    • The Parents' Guide to Childhood Eating Disorders, by Marcia Herrin, Ed.D., and Nancy Matsumoto
    • Surviving an Eating Disorder: Perspectives and strategies for family and friends, by Michelle Siegel, Ph.D.; Judith Brisman, Ph.D.; and Margot Weinshel, Ph.D.
    • When Your Child Has an Eating Disorder: A step-by-step workbook for parents and other caregivers, by Abigail Natenshon
    • Nourishing Your Daughter: Help your child develop a healthy relationship with food and her body, by Carol Beck
    • Father Hunger: Fathers, daughters, and food, by Margo Maine, Ph.D.

  •  Self-help and recovery
    • Anorexia Nervosa: A guide to recovery, by Lindsey Hall and Monika Ostroff. Also available in Spanish as Como Entender y superar la anorexia nerviosa
    • Bulimia: A guide to recovery, by Lindsey Hall and Leigh Cohn, M.A.T. Also available in Spanish as Como Entender y superar la bulimia
    • The Rules of Normal Eating: A commonsense approach for dieters, overeaters, undereaters, emotional eaters, and everyone in between, by Karen Koenig, LICSW, M.Ed.
    • When Food Is Love: Exploring the relationship between eating and intimacy, by Geneen Roth. For compulsive and binge eaters
    • Binge No More: Your guide to overcoming disordered eating, by Joyce Nash, Ph.D.
    • Big Fat Lies: The truth about your weight and your health, by Glenn Gaesser, Ph.D.
    • The Athletic Woman's Survival Guide, by Carol Otis, M.D., and Roger Goldingay
    • Making Weight: Healing men's conflicts with food, weight, shape, and appearance, by Arnold Andersen, M.D., and Leigh Cohn, M.A.T., and Thomas Holbrook, M.D.
    • The Don't Diet, Live-It! Workbook: Healing food, weight, and body issues, by Andrea LoBue, LMFCC, and Marsea Marcus, LMFCC
    • Making Peace with Food: Freeing yourself from the diet-weight obsession, by Susan Kano
    • Over It: A teen's guide to getting beyond obsessions with food and weight, by Carol Emery Normandi and Laurelee Roark (for teens, including boys)
    • Bodylove: learning to like our looks and ourselves, by Rita Freedman, Ph.D.
    • Body Image Workbook: an 8-step program for learning to like your looks, by Thomas Cash, Ph.D.
    • The Golden Cage: The enigma of anorexia nervosa, by Hilde Bruch, M.D.
    • Overcoming Night Eating Syndrome, by Kelly Allison, Ph.D. and Albert Stunkard, M.D.
    • The Anorexia Workbook: How to accept yourself, heal your suffering, and reclaim your life, by Michelle Heffner, MA and Georg Eifert, Ph.D.
    • Demystifying Anorexia Nervosa: an optimistic guide to understanding and healing, by Alexander Lucas, M.D.
    • Overcoming Night Eating Syndrome: A step-by-step guide to breaking the cycle, by Kelly Allison and Albert Stunkard, with Sara Their.
    • Eating Disorders Today: A newsletter for recovering individuals and their loved ones. Available by subscription from Gurze Books. Four issues per year

  • Spiritual approaches to self-help and recovery
    • Beyond Anorexia: Narrative, spirituality, and recovery, by Catherine Garrett
    • The Art of the Inner Meal: The power of mindful practices to heal our food cravings, by Barbara Ganim
    • Eating in the Light of the Moon: How women can transform their relationships with food through myths, metaphors, and storytelling, by Anita Johnston, Ph.D.
    • Seeing Yourself in God's Image: Overcoming Anorexia and Bulimia, by Martha Homme, M.A. A Christian workbook. Facilitator's guide also available for use in groups

  • Personal stories
    • Full Lives: Women who have freed themselves from food and weight obsession, edited by Lindsey Hall
    • A Staving Madness: Tales of hunger, hope, and healing in psychotherapy, by Judith Ruskay Rabinor, Ph.D.
    • Appetites: Why women want, by Caroline Knapp. The current ANRED number one recommendation
  • For clinicians and educators
    • Body Image: A handbook of theory, research, and clinical practice, by Thomas F. Cash, Ph.D., and Thomas Pruzinsky, Ph.D.
    • The Body Betrayed: A deeper understanding of women, eating disorders, and treatment, by Kathryn J. Zerbe, M.D.
    • Brief Therapy and Eating Disorders: a practical guide to solution-focused work with clients, by Barbara McFarland, Ph.D.
    • Handbook of Treatment for Eating Disorders, by David Garner, Ph.D., and Paul Garfinkel, M.D., 1997 revision. This one is a classic
    • Working with Groups to Explore Food and Body Connections, edited by Sandy Stewart Christian, MSW
    • Eating Disorders: Time for change, by Mona Villapiano and Laura Goodman. A text for therapist and client. Can be used with Eating Disorders: The journey to recovery, a companion workbook for clients to work on between sessions
    • Eating Disorders: A guide to medical care and complications, by Philip Mehlet, M.D., and Arnold Andersen, M.D.
    • Cutting: Understanding and overcoming self-mutilation, by Steven Levenkron, Ph.D.
    • Healthy Body Image: Teaching kids to eat and love their bodies too! by Kathy J. Kater. A prevention curriculum for grades 4-6
    • RSVP: Respect Self Value People: Middle school student lesson and activity guide, by Tamara Pryor, Ph.D., and Jana Konek
    • Nutrition Counseling in the Treatment of Eating Disorders, by Marcia Herrin, Ed.D., R.D.

If you cannot find these books at the library, ask a bookstore to order them for you. You also can get them through Gürze Books. Click on the link and browse their extensive online catalog of material dealing with eating disorders, self-esteem, and body image.


    1. _____, Anorexia Nervosa, edited by Meir Gross, MD, The collamore Press, 1982.
    2. _____, Eating Disorders Review, edited by Joel Yager, MD, Gurze Books, July 1990 to present
    3. _____, Controlling Eating Disorders, edited by Raymond Lemberg, Ph.D., Oryx Press, 1992
    4. _____, Handbook of Psychotherapy for Anorexia Nervosa & Bulimia, edited by David Garner, Ph.D. and Paul Garfinkel, MD, Guilford Press, 1985.
    5. _____, Full Lives: women who have freed themselves from food and weight obsession, edited by Lindsey Hall, Gurze Books, 1993.
    6. _____, Handbook of Eating Disorders: physiology, psychology, and treatment of obesity, anorexia, and bulimia, edited by Kelly Brownell, Ph.D. and John Foreyt, Ph.D., Basic Books, 1986.
    7. _____, NEDO Newsletter, edited by National Eating Disorders Organization, various dates.
    8. _____, Psychiatric Clinics of North America: eating disorders, W. B. Saunders Company, June 1984.
    9. _____, Understanding Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia, report of the fourth Ross Conference on Medical Research, Ross Laboratories, 1983.
    10. Andersen, Arnold E., MD, Practical Comprehensive Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1985.
    11. Andersen, Arnold E., MD, Males With Eating Disorders: Eating Disorders Monograph Number 4, Brunner/Mazel, 1990.
    12. Bennet, William, MD and Joel Gurin, The Dieter's Dilemma: why diets are obsolete--the new setpoint theory of weight control, Basic Books, 1982.
    13. Boskind-White, Marlene, Ph.D. and William C. White, Jr., Ph.D., Bulimarexia: the binge/purge cycle, W. W. Norton and Company, 1987.
    14. Bruch, Hilde, MD, Eating Disorders: obesity, anorexia nervosa, and the person within, Basic Books, 1973 (this one is a classic).
    15. Bruch, Hilde, MD, The Golden Cage: the enigma of anorexia nervosa, Harvard University Press, 1978.
    16. Chernin, Kim, The Hungry Self: women, eating, and identity, Harper & Row, 1985.
    17. Chernin, Kim, The Obsession: reflections on the tyranny of slenderness, Harper & Row, 1981.
    18. Crisp, A. H., MD, Anorexia Nervosa: let me be!, Grune and Stratton, Inc., 1980
    19. Garfinkel, Paul E., MD and David M. Garner, Ph.D., Anorexia Nervosa: a multidimensional perspective, Brunner/Mazel Publishers, 1982 (another classic).
    20. Glasser, William, MD, Choice Theory: a new psychology of personal freedom, Harper Collins Publishers, 1998.
    21. Glasser, William, MD, Control Theory: a new explanation of how we control our lives, Harper & Row, 1984.
    22. Gull, W. W., Anorexia Nervosa, Trans. Clini. Soc. (London), 7:22-28, 1874.
    23. Hutchinson, Marcia Germaine, Ed.D., Transforming Body Image: learning to love the body you have, The Crossing Press, 1985.
    24. Kano, Susan, Making Peace With Food, Harper & Row, 1989.
    25. Knapp, Caroline, Appetites: Why women want, Counterpoint Publishers, 2003.
    26. Lakoff, Robin Tolmach and Raquel L. Scherr, Face Value: the politics of beauty, Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1984.
    27. Lasegue, C., On Hysterical Anorexia, Med. Times & Gaz., 2:265-266; 367-369, 1873.
    28. Levenkron, Steven, Treating and Overcoming Anorexia Nervosa, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1982.
    29. McFarland, Barbara, Brief Therapy and Eating Disorders: a practical guide to solution-focused work with clients, Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1995.
    30. Maine, Margo, Ph.D., Father Hunger: fathers, daughters, and food, Gurze Books, 1991.
    31. Minuchin, S. and B.L. Rosman and L. Baker, Psychosomatic Families: anorexia nervosa in context, Harvard University Press, 1978 (another classic).
    32. Morton, R., Phthisiologica: or a treatise of consumptions, London, 1689.
    33. Neuman, Patricia A., Ed.S. and Patricia A. Halvorson, Ph.D., Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia: a handbook for counselors and therapists, Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, 1983.
    34. Palazzoli, Mara Selvini, Self-Starvation: from individual to family therapy in the treatment of anorexia nervosa, Jason Aronson, 1978.
    35. Patterson, Catherine, MPH, et al, Nutrition & Eating Disorders: guidelines for the patient with anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, PM, Inc., 1989.
    36. Reiff, Dan W., RD and Kathleen Kim Lampson Reiff, Ph.D., Eating Disorders: nutrition therapy in the recovery process, Aspen Publishers, 1992.
    37. Siegel, Michele, Ph.D., et al, Surviving an Eating Disorder: new perspectives and strategies for family and friends, Harper & Row, 1988.
    38. Silber Psychological Services, Eating Disorders, self published, 1994.
    39. Thompson, Ron A. and Roberta Trattner Sherman, Helping Athletes with Eating Disorders, Human Kinetics Publishers, 1993.
    40. Vincent, L.M., MD, Competing with the Sylph: dancers and the pursuit of the ideal body form, Andrews and McMeel, Inc., 1978.
    41. Zerbe, Kathryn J., The Body Betrayed: a deeper understanding of women, eating disorders, and treatment, Gurze Books, 1995.
    42. International Journal of Eating Disorders, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., various issues.
    43. Drugs and Therapy Perspectives, 2000. Adis International, Ltd.


 Warning! Please Note: ANRED information is not a substitute for medical or psychological evaluation and treatment. For help with the physical and emotional problems associated with eating disorders, talk to your physician and a mental health professional.


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