Eating Disorder Recovery Books & Videos

Inspiring Eating Disorder Books by Various Authors


Reviews of the Literature

Healing Your Hungry Heart: Recovering from Your Eating Disorder

Joanna Poppink, MFT

Now available in Audible Audiobook

Rebecca Ann – When I first read snippets of this book, I began to cry. Now 62, I first began dieting following a doctor’s visit at the age of eight. Over the course of my lifetime, despite “winning and losing” the battle with my eating disorder, the possibility of permanent recovery, health and healing seemed remote and depressingly impossible.

The author understands eating disorders from both a personal and clinical basis and communicates her knowledge and understanding skillfully with disarming compassion. As I digest this book, I find myself pausing and re-reading sections that resonate with me. What Poppink offers here is NOT a prescriptive one-size-fits-all shrill approach. Instead, she provides infinitely relatable examples and real scenarios.

Marie – When I heard that Joanna was to have her book published, I knew it would be great, but having read Healing Your Hungry Heart(HHH I would need to say – the book is absolutely brilliant.
This book is very educational, providing the reader with a great understanding and many very useful tools for recovery. It is written in such a wonderful language, making it easy for the reader to understand.

Anatomy of Anorexia

Steven Levenkron

“Anatomy of Anorexia” is an excellent introductory book for anyone beginning to learn about anorexia and a solid go-to guide for people well-versed in this heartbreaking disorder. Steven Levenkron, a New York-based therapist known for his work in anorexia and self-harm, writes straightforwardly on the origins, stages, causes, and complexities of anorexia.

He underscores the importance of early intervention for greater recovery success, and in this effort, reviews options for treatment.

Life without Ed

Jenni Schaefer, Thom Rutledge

Jenni Schaefer has touched many with her story of recovery from anorexia, which she gave an identity separate from her own and a name, Ed. Schaefer writes about her abusive relationship with Ed, who convinced her she “was worthless without him.”

She eventually divorced Ed and fully recovered from an illness most don’t overcome. Shaefer, writing with her former therapist Thom Rutledge, evokes the brutality of anorexia with humor and real-life exercises for others seeking recovery.

Biting the Hand that Starves You

Richard Maisel, David Epston, Ali Borden

bench and flowers in the park“Biting the Hand that Starves You” clarifies the labyrinth of anorexia and bulimia, deemed a/b by the authors, through poems, stories, and first-person narratives from those with the illness, or ‘insiders,’ and the people who love and treat them.

The ‘insiders’ provide adept insight into the allure of a/b and why they cling to an illness that’s killing them — because it numbs their pain.

The co-authors, all three therapists, offer a different perspective on the treatment of anorexia and bulimia.

Your Dieting Daughter: Antidotes Parents Can Provide for Body Dissatisfaction, Excessive Dieting, and Disordered Eating

Carolyn Costin

“Your Dieting Daughter” outlines tactics, mostly for parents, to help girls and women develop positive body images and self-esteem. Carolyn Costin, founder and executive director of The Monte Nido Treatment mecca, applies her experience treating eating disorders for almost three decades to the thorny subjects of dieting, eating, body image, and weight in a society that celebrates thinness.

Costin teaches us to teach girls to accept their body, and ultimately, themselves.

Hungry: A Mother and Daughter Fight Anorexia

Sheila Himmel, Lisa Himmel

beautiful pregnant woman standing on the beach. Photo in old imaSheila Himmel and her daughter, Lisa, evoke the intense strain eating disorders put on families and intimate relationships. In alternating chapters, the mother and daughter give personal accounts of Lisa’s battle with anorexia and bulimia.

“Hungry” points out societal woes, like trying to recover from eating disorder in America’s “24-hour buffet.”

The most obvious irony is, while her daughter was starving, Sheila Himmel was a well-known food critic.

Last Updated & Reviewed By: Baxter Ekern, MBA on September 11th, 2023
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