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  • Obsessed: America’s Food Addiction — and My Own
    Have you ever heard a skinny, super successful, professional woman spouting the horrors of obesity? We all have, and the widespread reaction from anyone who has ever struggled with their weight is along the lines ...
  • Beating Ana: How to Outsmart Your Eating Disorder and Take Your Life Back
    Loneliness, shame, depression: all of these are a part of the life of someone with an eating disorder. If they are unable to confide in anyone, the names Ana (anorexia) and Mia (bulimia) may quickly ...
  • [A]Musings of a Spiritual Atheist
    [A]Musings of a Spiritual Atheist by Andrew J. Ackerman is a book about the author's journey from addiction to recovery.  Ackerman, the self-described hard-line "spiritual atheist," uses the book to offer his experience with 12-step ...
  • Hope with Eating Disorders: A Self-Help Guide for Parents, Carers and Friends of Sufferers
    Eating disorders are constantly in the news, and have been for some time now. Yet it’s quite astonishing to note how few people truly comprehend the psychological factors involved in them. Many are quick either ...
  • Diet Rehab: 28 Days to Finally Stop Craving the Foods That Make You Fat
    It seems that you read or hear about a new diet every other month or so that promises to help you lose weight and keep it off.  Discipline and willpower to stick with the diet ...
  • White Elephants
    As I cried, I wanted to believe it was the alcohol that induced Mom’s words.  I had to believe it was the alcohol.  I don’t want them.  The words rang in my ears.  That’s the ...
  • 8 Keys to Recovery From an Eating Disorder
    Babette Rothschild, the Series Editor of 8 Keys, explains in her introduction that the purpose of the 8 Keys series is to provide intelligent, thoughtful help from highly experienced professionals.  In this case, Carolyn Costin ...
  • Loud In The House of Myself: Memoir of a Strange Girl
    I found "Loud In The House of Myself: Memoir of a Strange Girl" by Stacy Pershall to be a superbly written, first-person account of a young girl's struggle with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and bipolar ...
  • Brave Girl Eating: A Family’s Struggle with Anorexia
    Between three and six percent of all teens struggle with some type of eating disorder, be it bulimia, binge eating, or anorexia. Because these illnesses involve eating, they seem to take a blow at family ...
  • Fat People
    For his book Fat People, Bill Schubart has created and gathered a collection of stories that will make you rethink your relationship with food. Schubart is smart, sensitive and unnervingly keen at noticing details.  The ...
  • Restoring Our Bodies, Reclaiming Our Lives: Recovery from Eating Disorders
    Aimee Liu writes with a gentleness and an understanding that only someone who has been through the painful process of recovery can truly possess: Her 1979 memoir, Solitaire, was the first discussion of anorexia nervosa ...
  • Mindless Eating
    We make more than 200 food-related decisions per day. We are unaware of 90 percent of them. In Mindless Eating (2006), Brian Wansink, PhD takes an in-depth look at food psychology and how ...
  • Food, The Good Girl’s Drug: How to Stop Using Food to Control Your Feelings
    Binge eating disorder (BED) is a serious eating disorder that affects about 2.8 percent of Americans, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Yet, it’s vastly misunderstood, and books on BED are few and far ...
  • 9 Psychologist-Approved Must-Reads on Mental Health
    Psychologists are a discerning bunch when it comes to books. Because of their insider’s view of mental ...
  • Beautiful You: A Daily Guide to Radical Self Acceptance
    Humans are obsessed with body image.  The media says we should look a certain way, else we be outcast and forgotten.  Although men do feel the need to have an attractive appearance, women are more ...
  • Purge: Rehab Diaries
    In our society, eating disorders are mostly misunderstood and glamorized. We’re told that everyone with an eating disorder is skin and bones. That just by looking at someone we can easily spot the starvation, the ...
  • Suicide Junkie
    Approximately one million people commit suicide every year, according to the World Health Organization. Despite his best efforts, Steve Westwood is not one of them. “Suicide Junkie," Westwood's autobiography, details his long-term struggles with body ...
  • The Anorexia Workbook
    The Anorexia Workbook: How to Accept Yourself, Heal Your Suffering, and Reclaim Your Life Despite ever-widening media attention and public awareness of the problem, American women continue to suffer from anorexia nervosa in greater numbers than ...
  • Perfect: Anorexia & Me
    Emily Halban developed anorexia in her final year of high school. She went on to college at an Ivy League school where her disease took on a powerful dimension. By her final year she was ...
  • Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia
    In this classic from Marya Hornbacher, she tells the story of dealing with her anorexia and bulimia over a course of many years, including the multiple hospitalizations, endless therapy, and the loss of family. By ...