Here you will find books to support carers and self-help guides to support people affected by an eating disorder.
Janet Treasure, Gráinne Smith and Anna Crane
Provides skills and knowledge for carers supporting someone affected by an eating disorder– uses the analogy of trying to guide the carer to be like a dolphin swimming alongside the person and gently encouraging them, rather than, for example, being a rhino and being more forceful in their behaviours.
Written by the mother of someone diagnosed with anorexia nervosa, following their experiences of evidence-based treatment. Offers practical advice for managing mealtimes, information about helpful things/ unhelpful things to say, and advice on developing one’s own emotional resources. Chapters of the book and other helpful resources can also be found online at anorexiafamily.com.
James Lock and Daniel Le Grange
Presents evidence that parents often play a key role in their child’s recovery, and offers practical advice and support around this.
Rachel Bryant Waugh
Provides practical tips and strategies to help equip carers of someone affected by ARFID.
Explains anorexia nervosa from a biological perspective, which can be helpful for carers who wish to know more about the science behind their loved one’s behaviours. These scientific descriptions are paired with personal narratives and examples.
June Alexander and Cate Sangster
Describes the internal dialogue that people with eating disorders often experience, and provides interpretations for what the eating disorder may hear based upon what has been said to the person.
Gillian Harris and Elizabeth Shea
Provides support and understanding around Avoidant or Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID).
Provides practical advice to empower parents undertaking family based treatment with their child.
Ulrike Schmidt, Janet Treasure and June Alexander
An evidence-based self-help programme designed to support people with bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder.
A self-help book to support people in beating overeating using compassion focused therapy.
Patricia Graham and Christopher Freeman
A self-help book to support people in overcoming anorexia nervosa through the use of cognitive behavioural techniques.
Presents information about binge eating disorder and factors that often maintain this, followed by an evidence-based self-help programme to help people to overcome binge eating disorder.
Glen Waller, Victoria Mountford, Rachel Lawson, Emma Gray, Helen Cordery and Hendrik Hinrichsen
A self-help guide to help adults with anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa in their recovery, and to teach skills to carers based upon cognitive behavioural therapy.