Sep 29 2014

Eating Disorders- Books to Read

Published by at 2:56 pm under General Topic,Health

According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics  up to 24 million Americans suffer from disordered eating. It is critical for anyone with symptoms of an eating disorder to seek professional help. Early treatment gives the greatest chance for a full recovery. The National Eating Disorder Association is an excellent resource.  Signs and symptoms of disordered eating may include, but are not limited to:

  • Chronic yo-yo dieting
  • Frequent weight fluctuations
  • Extremely rigid and unhealthy food and exercise regime
  • Feelings of guilt and shame when unable to maintain food and exercise habits
  • Pre-occupation with food, body and exercise that causes distress and has a negative impact on quality of life
  • Compulsive or emotionally-driven eating
  • Use of compensatory measures, such as exercise, food restriction, fasting and even purging or laxative use to “make up for” food consumed

To read more about this serious problem consider these books recommended by the Renfrew Eating Disorder Center   :

  •  Beating Ana: How to Outsmart Your Eating Disorder & Take Your Life Back by SHANNON CUTTS, BBA
  •  Overcoming Overeating by JANE R. HIRSCHMANN, MSW & CAROL H. MUNTER
  •  Moving Away from Diets: New Ways to Heal Eating Problems & Exercise Resistance by KARIN KRATINA, MA, RD,NANCY KING,MS& DAYLE HAYES,MS
  •  Gaining: The Truth About Life After Eating Disorders by AIMEE LIU, BA, MFA
  •  Binge No More: Your Guide to Overcoming Disordered Eating by JOYCE NASH, PhD
  •  On Eating: Change Your Eating, Change Your Life by SUSIE ORBACH, PhD
  •  Healing Your Hungry Heart: Recovering from Your Eating Disorder by JOANNA POPPINK, MFT
  •  The Exercise Balance: What’s Too Much, What’s Too Little, and What’s Just Right for You! by PAULINE POWERS, MD & RON THOMPSON, PhD
  •  Breaking Free from Emotional Eating by GENEEN ROTH
  •  Life Without ED: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too by JENNI SCHAEFER & THOM RUTLEDGE, PhD
  •  Getting Better Bit(e) By Bit(e): A Survival Kit for Sufferers of Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorders by ULRIKE SCHMIDT, MRC Psych & JANET TREASURE, PhD, FRC Psych
  •  Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem by GLORIA STEINEM


If you or someone you care about has an eating disorder, it t is very important to obtain professional medical help. Contact the primary care provider and ask for a referral to an eating disorder specialist.

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