Eating Disorder Treatment Center

Canopy Cove of Tallahassee, Florida

Suggested Readings

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When your child has an eating disorder
by Abigail H. Natenshon (1999)
A step-by-step workbook for parents and other caregivers of preteen through college-age children.

The courage to heal
by E. Bass & L. Davis (1992)
A guide for women survivors of child sexual abuse; workbook also available.

Healing the shame that binds you
by John Bradshaw (1988)
Offers techniques such as affirmations, visualization, and meditations to help heal and release the shame that binds us to our past.

Body image workbook: an 8 step program for learning to like your looks
by Thomas. F. Cash (1997)
Help for improving body image.

Your dieting daughter: is she dying for attention?
by Carolyn Costin (1997)
Written for parents whose daughters are caught in the struggle to be thinner. Distinguishes between diets and disorders. Describes and evaluates popular diet plans.

Overcoming binge eating
by Christopher Fairburn (1995)
Self-help book that offers a comparison between binge eating and overeating and addresses how you can gain control.

Is your child dying to be thin?
by Laura Goodman (1992)
A workbook for parents and family members on eating disorders that outlines the symptoms, and discusses various factors which contribute to the development of eating disorders. This workbook can help family members become educated and involved in the recovery process.

The invisible woman: confronting weight prejudice in America
by W. Charisse Goodman (1995)
Boldly exposes the various types of weight prejudice in America, from the media to the weight loss industry and more.

Bulimia: A guide to recovery
by Lindsey Hall & Leigh Cohn (1992)
Guidebook that offers an understanding of bulimia and a plan for recovery. Includes a two-week program to stop bingeing. Useful for therapists, educators, and people struggling with bulimia.

Self-esteem tools for recovery
by Lindsey Hall & Leigh Cohn (1990)
Helps readers experience their innermost selves, the source of true self-esteem. Contains specific tools, exercises, and examples pertinent to eating disorders recovery.

Anorexia Nervosa: A guide to recovery
by Lindsey Hall & Monika Ostroff (1998)
This guidebook includes answers to commonly asked questions, contains information on healthy eating and weight, and contains the author’s personal story of eating disorder recovery. Helpful for family members as well as the person recovering from an eating disorder.

Fat is a family affair
by Judi Hollis (1985). Offers frank and compassionate guidance to those trying to understand and recover from eating disorders, and for those who love them.

Transforming body image
by Marcia G.Hutchinson (1985)
This workbook emphasizes the power of imagination, and includes 22 exercises to help improve and encourage healthy body image.

Everything you need to know about Eating Disorders-Anorexia and Bulimia
by Rachael Kubersky (1996)
The title describes it well. Information is presented in a simple, straight-forward approach to help educate the reader on the “basics” of these two eating disorders.

Father Hunger
by Margo Maine (1991)
“Father hunger” is emptiness experienced by women whose fathers were emotionally absent. This book describes how father hunger relates to eating disorder behaviors. Includes practical solutions for improving father/daughter relationships and helping families reconnect.

Body traps
by Judith Rodin (1992)
Full of liberating insights, effective solutions, and a positive new way of relating to ourselves and our bodies as we are, and to help unlock the cage of body obsession.

Surviving an eating disorder: perspectives and strategies for family and friends
by M. Siegel, J. Brisman, & M. Weinshel (1997)
Discusses behavioral aspects of eating disorders, pharmacology, and family therapy. Emphasizes developing healthier relationships between the person struggling with an eating disorder and families and friends.

Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls
by Mary Pipher, Ph.D. (1994)
Explains why so many American girls fall prey to depression, eating disorders, addictions, and suicide attempts.