The Best Books for Eating Disorder Recovery


Recovery from an eating disorder can be an arduous journey, filled with ups and downs, triumphs and setbacks. It’s a path that often demands not only...

Recovery from an eating disorder can be an arduous journey, filled with ups and downs, triumphs and setbacks. It’s a path that often demands not only professional help but also personal commitment and understanding. Books can be a tremendous source of support and guidance on this journey. We have come up with a list of some of the best books for eating disorder recovery.


“Eating in the Light of the Moon” by Anita Johnston, Ph.D.

This beautifully written book explores the emotional and symbolic aspects of eating disorders, particularly for women. Dr. Anita Johnston, a psychologist and eating disorder specialist, weaves together myths, metaphors, and personal stories to help readers better understand their relationship with food. It’s a compelling read that delves into the spiritual and psychological dimensions of healing.

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“Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too” by Jenni Schaefer

Jenni Schaefer’s book is a heartfelt account of her own battle with an eating disorder and how she eventually broke free from “Ed,” which represents the eating disorder. Her personal journey is intertwined with practical advice and tools for recovery, making it relatable and empowering for anyone on a similar path.

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“8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder: Effective Strategies from Therapeutic Practice and Personal Experience” by Carolyn Costin and Gwen Schubert Grabb

This comprehensive book combines clinical expertise with the personal experience of Carolyn Costin, a renowned eating disorder therapist who herself recovered from anorexia. The “8 Keys” provide a structured framework for recovery, addressing key aspects of healing such as self-awareness, body image, and relationships.

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“Brain over Binge: Why I Was Bulimic, Why Conventional Therapy Didn’t Work, and How I Recovered for Good” by Kathryn Hansen

Kathryn Hansen’s book takes a unique perspective on eating disorder recovery. She shares her story of overcoming bulimia by challenging the thoughts that drove her behaviour. This book empowers readers to understand the role of the brain in perpetuating eating disorders and provides practical strategies to regain control.

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These books offer a wealth of knowledge and support for those on the path to eating disorder recovery. Remember that healing is a journey, and it’s okay to seek help from professionals alongside these valuable resources. Each book provides a unique perspective and a set of tools to help you better understand your relationship with food, your body, and yourself. Reading them with an open heart can be a significant step toward a healthier and happier life.


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*McManus, S., Meltzer, H., Brugha, T. S., Bebbington, P. E., & Jenkins, R. (2009). Adult psychiatric morbidity in England, 2007: results of a household survey.

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