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Andrea's Voice: Silenced by Bulimia. Doris Smeltzer with Andrea Lynn Smeltzer, $26.50

After a one-year struggle with bulimia, Andrea Smeltzer died in her sleep at the age of 19, catapulting her mother, Doris, into a journey of self-discovery. By combining Andrea’s poetry and journal entries, mother and daughter tell the story together, capturing the bond that connected them. Doris’ honest exploration of the emotional issues surrounding her daughter’s development of bulimia provides insight and guidance not only to parents, but also to any young woman who is struggling to find her independence.


The Anorexia Workbook: How to Accept Yourself, Heal Your Suffering, and Reclaim Your Life. Michelle Heffner & Georg Eifert, $36.50

Despite ever-widening media attention and public awareness of the problem, American women continue to suffer from anorexia nervosa in greater numbers than ever before. This severe psychophysiological condition-characterized by an abnormal fear of becoming obese, a persistent unwillingness to eat, and severe compulsion to lose weight-is particularly difficult to treat, often because the victims are unwilling to seek help. The Anorexia Workbook demonstrates that efforts to control and stop anorexia may do more harm than good. Instead of focusing efforts on judging impulses associated with the disorder as 'bad' or 'negative,' this approach encourages sufferers to mindfully observe these feelings without reacting to them in a self-destructive way. Guided by this more compassionate, more receptive frame of mind, the book coaches you to employ various acceptance-based coping strategies.

Structured in a logical, step-by-step progression of exercises, the workbook first focuses on providing you with a new understanding of anorexia and the ways you might have already tried to control the problem. Then the book progresses through techniques that teach how to use mindfulness to deal with out-of-control thoughts and feelings, how to identify choices that lead to better heath and quality of life, and how to redirect the energy formerly spent on weight loss into actions that will heal the body and mind. Although this book is written specifically as self-help for anorexia sufferers, it includes a clear and informative chapter on when you need to seek professional treatment as well as advice on what to look for in a therapist.


The BDD Workbook: Overcome Body Dysmorphic Disorder and End Body Image Obsessions. James Claiborne, $35.95

Do you struggle with constant feelings that your body is not good enough? Do you imagine that, if you could just change you appearance, you would be happier and more fulfilled? If you do, you might be dealing with the effects of a problem called body dysmorphic disorder (BDD).

Individuals who suffer from BDD are excessively preoccupied with the shape or size of their body-obsessed with a facial blemish, a minor bodily defect, or some specific aspect of their appearance. They spend hours each day thinking about their perceived deformity, checking and rechecking their appearance in the mirror, camouflaging themselves with makeup or clothing. Men affected by a form of BDD known as muscle dysmorphia are obsessively concerned about their muscular development, no matter how large and pumped up they are. In extreme cases BDD leads to unnecessary plastic surgery, serious eating disorders, steroid abuse, and even suicide.

The good news is that BDD is highly treatable with cognitive-behavioral techniques provided in The BDD Workbook in a step-by-step, easy-to-follow format. OCD experts Claiborn and Pedrick guide you through a proven intervention plan that helps you recognize your distorted self-perception and come to terms with how it leads you to self-inflicted emotional and physical pain. Exercises, charts, and worksheets help you to develop a healthier response to your body and a more balanced self-image. The book provides information about BDD-related eating disorders and the special problems of children with self-image issues. It also offers suggestions to help you gain support from family members, medical professionals, and support groups.

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Beating Eating Disorders Step-by-Step: a Self-Help Guide for Recovery. Anna Paterson, $32.95

People living with eating disorders find it hard to take the step of choosing recovery, often because the disorder has developed as a way of 'coping' with problems or stresses in the their life. This practical workbook provides advice and strategies to aid understanding and to help the reader to gain control of their illness. Author Anna Paterson emphasizes the importance of taking things at your own pace as she leads the reader through a series of exercises that lead to a new perspective on eating and body awareness.


Being Me (and Loving It): Stories and Activities to Help Build Self-esteem, Confidence, Positive Body Image and Resilience in Children. Naomi Richards & Julia Hague, $33.95

With 29 real life and relatable stories at its heart, this practical resource is designed to help build self-esteem and body confidence in children aged 5-11. Each story is the focus of a ready-to-use lesson plan, covering common issues that affect children such as a lack of body confidence, feeling pressured by peers and worries about puberty. The stories are preceded by guidance on how to introduce the topic and the learning outcomes, and they are followed by a range of activities to reinforce the messages being taught. The stories can either be read aloud to a class or group or photocopied and shared for individual reading.

Perfect for use in lessons with groups of children, or in one-to-one settings in the therapy room or at home, this book is a useful resource for teachers, school counsellors, youth workers, as well as parents.


The Binge Eating and Compulsive Overeating Workbook:  an Integrated Approach to Overcoming Disordered Eating. Carolyn Coker Ross, $34.95

Some people use food to calm themselves when they feel overwhelmed. Others find it difficult to discern between eating out of hunger and eating out of habit. There are nearly as many reasons why people overeat as there are reasons to stop. While overeating can often bring comfort in the short term, it can lead to feelings of guilt later on. If you feel like you're caught in a cycle of unhealthy eating that you can't stop, this workbook can help you overcome it.

In The Binge Eating and Compulsive Overeating Workbook, you'll learn skills and nutrition guidelines recommended by doctors and therapists for healthy eating and how to quell the often overpowering urge to overeat. Using a variety of practices drawn from complementary and alternative medicine, you'll replace unhealthy habits with nourishing rewards and relaxation practices. This potent combination of therapies will help you end your dependence on overeating as a way to cope with unpleasant feelings and shows you how to develop new strategies for a healthier lifestyle. This workbook will help you:

  • Identify the trigger foods and feelings that spur you to binge or overeat
  • Determine how stress, depression, and anxiety may be affecting your eating
  • Calm yourself in stressful times with nourishing self-care practices
  • Learn to appreciate and accept your body

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Binge No More: Your Guide to Overcoming Disordered Eating. Joyce Nash, $26.95

In Binge No More, eating disorder specialist Dr. Joyce Nash provides all the information, encouragement, and guidance readers need to transform their relationship with food. Readers will identify with the experiences of other binge eaters whose insightful stories are told throughout the book. Rather than providing a one-size-fits-all solution to binge eating, Dr. Nash provides a variety of sound cognitive therapy techniques and coping strategies to help readers understand their own binge eating problems and overcome them. Therapists and family members concerned about a loved one’s eating disorder will also find this book a valuable resource. Based on the most recent scientific research, and reflecting Dr. Nash’s many years of clinical experience, this authoritative guide presents clear, step-by-step guidelines that show readers how to:

  • Assess and change binge behavior patterns
  • Confront the negative thoughts that fuel binge eating
  • Identify and disarm triggers that set off out-of-control eating
  • Cope with emotions and build interpersonal skills
  • Establish stable, healthy eating habits and reduce the risk of relapse

Biting Anorexia: a Firsthand Account of an Internal War. Lucy Howard-Taylor, $27.95

Much of this unflinchingly candid memoir is ripped directly from the pages of author Lucy Howard-Taylor's diary as she struggled with the torturous condition, offering a rare glimpse into the thoughts and fears that grip the minds of those struggling with anorexia, the most fatal of all psychiatric illnesses.

Tinged with a wicked sense of humor, Lucy's beautifully written, penetrating insights capture the overpowering anxiety that comes with anorexia and reveal the challenge of recovery. This courageous and compelling story will inspire and support those troubled with the condition, and their family and friends, the world over.


The Body Image Workbook: an 8-Step Program for Learning to Like Your Looks. Thomas Cash, $36.95

If you don't like what you see when you look in the mirror, you may not realize that these feelings are entirely within your grasp. THE BODY IMAGE WORKBOOK offers a comprehensive program to help you stop focusing on your perceived imperfections and start feeling more confident about the way you look.

As you complete the help-sheets in this book, you'll learn to celebrate your body instead of feeling ashamed of it. This new edition helps you discover your personal body image strengths and vulnerabilities and then guides you in creating new, life-changing experiences of mindfulness and body acceptance. After completing this eight-step program, you'll look at yourself in a whole new light-seeing the beauty of the real you.

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The Body Image Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help Girls Develop a Healthy Body Image in an Image-Obsessed World. Julia Taylor, $23.95

Like most teens, you want to feel good about the way you look. But what happens when the way you look just doesn't feel good enough? Whether it's online, on TV, or in magazines, images of impossibly perfect and mostly Photoshopped-young women are everywhere. As a result, you may feel an intense pressure to look a certain way. Your friends feel the pressure too, which often creates a secret comparison competition that can make you feel worse about yourself. So how can you start feeling good about who you are, as is?

In The Body Image Workbook for Teens, you'll find practical exercises and tips that address the most common factors that can lead to negative body image, including: comparison, negative self-talk, unrealistic media images, societal and family pressures, perfectionism, toxic friendships, and a fear of disappointing others. You'll also learn powerful coping strategies to deal with the daily, intense pressures of being a teenage girl. If you are ready to stop comparing yourself to others, silence your inner critic, and build authentic, lasting self-confidence, this book is your go-to guide.


The Bulimia Workbook for Teens. Lisa Schab, $21.95

Break the cycle of bulimia and take charge of your life. THE BULIMIA WORKBOOK FOR TEENS offers 42 exercises that will help you end the chaos and instead learn to focus on becoming the person you really want to be. Based in cognitive behavioral therapy, these skills help you to:

  • Build the strength to reduce your dependence on bulimia
  • Overcome perfectionism
  • Manage difficult emotions
  • Take control of your relationship with food

Can I Tell You about Eating Disorders? A Guide for Friends, Family, and Professionals. Bryan Lask & Lucy Watson, $15.95

Meet Alice — a teenage girl with anorexia nervosa. Alice invites readers to learn about anorexia nervosa and how it makes her see herself differently from how other people see her. She also introduces readers to Beth who has bulimia nervosa, Sam who has selective eating problems, Francesca who has functional dysphagia and Freddie who has food avoidance emotional disorder. They all explain why they find food difficult and how their eating disorders are different.

This illustrated book is an ideal introduction to understanding the complex issues surrounding eating disorders. It shows family, friends and teachers how they can support a young person with an eating disorder and will also be a good place to start when encouraging open conversations about eating disorders at school or at home.

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The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Bulimia: Using DBT to Break the Cycle and Regain Control of Your Life. Ellen Astrachan-Fletcher & Michael Maslar, $30.95

At the root of bulimia is a need to feel in control. While purging is a strategy for controlling weight, bingeing is an attempt to calm depression, stress, shame, and even boredom. The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Bulimia offers new and healthy ways to overcome the distressing feelings and negative body-image beliefs that keep you trapped in this cycle.

In this powerful program used by therapists, you'll learn four key skill sets-mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness-and begin using them right away to manage bulimic urges. The book includes worksheets and exercises designed to help you take charge of your emotions and end your dependence on bulimia. You'll also learn how to stay motivated and committed to ending bulimia instead of reverting to old behaviors. Used together, the skills presented in this workbook will help you begin to cope with uncomfortable feelings in healthy ways, empower you to feel good about nourishing your body, and finally gain true control over your life.


Distorted: How a Mother and Daughter Unraveled the Truth, the Lies, and the Realities of an Eating Disorder. Antosz Benson & Taryn Leigh Benson, $22.95

DISTORTED is a riveting true account of a teen caught in the grips of an eating disorder and the mother who struggled to help her break free.


Eating Disorder Recovery Handbook: a Practical Guide to Long-Term Recovery. Nicola Davies & Emma Bacon, $33.95

This empathetic handbook has been created for people affected by any form of disordered eating. Thoughtfully compiled by experienced authors, it will be a comprehensive guide through every stage of your recovery, from recognising and understanding your disorder and learning fully about treatment, to self-help tools and practical advice for maintaining recovery and looking to the future.

Each chapter includes suggested objectives, tasks and reflections which are designed to help you think about, engage with, and express your thoughts, feelings and behaviours. It will encourage you to process the discoveries you make about yourself for positive and long-lasting change. Encouraging quotes are included throughout from people who have walked this path and found the help they needed to overcome their own disordered eating. You are not alone on this journey.

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Eating Mindfully for Teens: a Workbook to Help You Make Healthy Choices, End Emotional Eating & Feel Great. Susan Albers, $22.95

Do you zone out while eating? You’re not alone! It’s easy to polish off a bag of chips or a giant bowl of popcorn while marathon-streaming your favorite TV show. And while indulging here and there certainly won’t hurt you, mindless eating can become a harmful habit in the long run — leading to obesity, health problems, and negative body image. So, how can you start making healthier food choices?

The Eating Mindfully Workbook for Teens will show you how to deal with the day-to-day challenges of making healthy decisions about food. Instead of resorting to fad diets, you’ll learn how to avoid overeating in the first place, be more aware of your body, and really enjoy meals — instead of just popping food in your mouth without thinking. It’s not easy to make smart food choices in our fast-paced, fast food culture. This workbook can help guide you, one bite at a time.


Eating the Moment: 141 Mindful Practices to Overcome Overeating One Meal at a Time. Pavel Somov, $26.95

No start dates, dieting tips or meal plans in this book — just practical and meaningful exercises to help you end mindless eating and begin nourishing yourself in a healthy and fulfilling ways.


Ed Says U Said: Eating Disorder Translator. June Alexander & Cate Sangster, $22.95

When an eating disorder (ED) is involved, the problems caused by miscommunication can have serious consequences. A remark from a parent that is intended as positive encouragement could act as a trigger and a criticism from someone with an ED might really be a cry for help.

This book aims to improve communication between someone with an eating disorder and their friends and family by revealing the eating disorder mind set and decoding language choices. Using examples of real-life, everyday conversations, ED SAYS U SAID translates the highly charged language of anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder and unravels the emotional chaos that can surround sufferers and those who care for them. It provides clear examples of the common pitfalls and gives invaluable advice about how to help in defusing the triggers and regaining the personality swamped by the illness.

A unique resource of information on EDs, this book will be essential reading for everyone who has been affected by eating disorders: sufferers, carers, family and friends, together with health care professionals treating people with eating disorders.


8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder: Effective Strategies from therapeutic Practice and Personal Experience. Carolyn Costin & Gwen Schubert Grabb, $25.95

For anyone who has suffered, their family and friends, and other helping professionals, this book should be by your side. With great compassion and clinical expertise, Costin and Grabb walk readers through the ins and outs of the recovery process, describing what therapy entails, clarifying the common associated emotions such as fear, guilt, and shame, and, most of all, providing motivation to seek help if you have been discouraged, resistant, or afraid. The authors bring self-disclosure to a level not yet seen in an eating disorder book and offer hope to readers that full recovery is possible.

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Feeding the Starving Mind: a Personalized, Comprehensive Approach to Overcoming Anorexia and Other Starvation Eating Disorders.  Doreen Samelson, $30.95

Starvation eating disorders such as anorexia not only affect your body, but also take a devastating toll on your mind. Constantly feeling anxious about your weight, your appearance, and your self-worth can leave you mentally exhausted. And no matter how thin you become, it's impossible to be happy when you are controlled by anxious and obsessive thoughts.

If you're ready to stop letting your eating disorder run your life, Feeding the Starving Mind can help. As you work through the program in this book, you'll discover the source of your eating disorder, identify the compulsive thoughts that contribute to it, and take steps toward developing a healthy relationship with food and exercise.

  • Develop a personal eating disorder profile
  • Learn how to eat without purging and restore your weight
  • Learn cognitive behavior therapy skills for managing weight-related anxiety and fear
  • Create a treatment plan to restore your health and happiness
  • Keep destructive thoughts and patterns of behavior from coming back

50 Ways to Soothe Yourself without Food. Susan Albers, $24.95

Food has the power to temporarily alleviate stress and sadness, enhance joy, and bring us comfort when we need it most. It's no wonder experts estimate that 75 percent of overeating is triggered by our emotions, not physical hunger. The good news is you can instead soothe yourself through dozens of mindful activities that are healthy for both body and mind.

Susan Albers, author of Eating Mindfully, now offers 50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food, a collection of mindfulness skills and practices for relaxing the body in times of stress and ending your dependence on eating as a means of coping with difficult emotions. You'll not only discover easy ways to soothe urges to overeat, you'll also learn how to differentiate emotion-driven hunger from healthy hunger. Reach for this book instead of the refrigerator next time you feel the urge to snack-these alternatives are just as satisfying!


First Steps Out of Eating Disorders. Kate Middleton & Jane Smith, $10.95

Information and inspiration to start on the road to recovery from anorexia, bulimia, bingeing and other eating disorders.

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Full Mouse Empty Mouse: a Tale of Food and Feelings. Dina Zeckhausen, illustrated by Brian Boyd,  $10.95 (Grades 2-5)

What can two little mice do when they are chased by the cat, hounded by the dog, and threatened by the deadly mousetrap? Billy Blue tries eating more food to soothe his distress, and Sally Rose stops eating altogether. But when stuffing and starving themselves don't help, they learn to look for answers in their hearts, and with their family and friends.


Full of Ourselves: a Wellness Program to Advance Girl Power, Health and Leadership. Catherine Steiner-Adair & Lisa Sjostrom, $67.50

This dynamic health-and-wellness education program addresses critical issues of body preoccupation and reduces risk for disordered eating in girls (grades 3–8). Emphasizing girls’ personal power and overall mental and physical well-being, FULL OF OURSELVES contains a range of upbeat units that foster:

  • Increased self and body acceptance
  • Healthier eating and exercise habits
  • Advanced leadership and media literacy skills
  • A range of coping skills for resisting unhealthy peer and cultural pressures

This primary prevention curriculum has shown sustained, positive changes in girls’ body image, body satisfaction, and body esteem. Educators, health professionals, counselors, and parents will find FULL OF OURSELVES the ideal resource for helping girls make healthy choices for themselves.


Getting Over Overeating for Teens: a Workbook to Transform Your Relationship with Food Using CBT, Mindfulness & Intuitive Eating. Andrea Wachter, $23.95

If you struggle with overeating, you are not alone. Studies show that millions of teens face problems with emotional eating, weight gain, and negative body image. However, these facts and figures do not include sneak eaters, overeaters who do not binge, and teens who overeat but manage their weight through excessive exercise. So, if you’re struggling with the habit of overeating, where can you turn?

Getting Over Overeating for Teens, written by an eating disorders specialist who struggled with her own issues as a teen, provides a wealth of tools to help you change your relationship with food. Using an integrated approach that includes mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and intuitive eating, this book will focus on the emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual factors that are essential to overcoming overeating. With the practical advice and powerful exercises in this book, you’ll come to a better understanding of your urge to overeat, and learn skills such as emotion regulation, assertive communication, moderate eating, and working with cravings. Most importantly, you’ll find better ways to fill up and be ready to apply what you’ve learned to living a healthier, happier life.

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Give Food a Chance: a New View on Childhood Eating Disorders. Julie O'Toole, $24.95

Describing the foundational philosophy behind The Kartini Clinic's proven and world-renowned treatment protocol, O'Toole presents compelling evidence that childhood eating disorders have a neurological rather than a psycho-social basis, and explains what this means for treatment. She describes clearly what patients and families can expect from treatment, signs and symptoms indicating the need for hospitalization, and advice on how to recognise a relapse. The book also includes clear descriptions of The Kartini Clinic's ground-breaking Meal Plan and approach to 'capping' weight gain. 

Give Food a Chance is an invaluable resource that will give parents and professionals everywhere the information, encouragement, and support they need to deal with this often misunderstood disorder.


Help for Eating Disorders: a Parent's Guide to Symptoms, Causes & Treatments. Debra Katzman & Leora Pinhas, $24.95

From the Eating Disorders Program at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, comes this indispensable guide to eating disorders. HELP FOR EATING DISORDERS provides parents with clear information on how to identify the signs and symptoms, understand the range and efficacy of available treatments as well as how family, friends and community can assist in the child's recovery. Using current, sound medical information; case studies and practical worksheets, checklists and exercises this book can help parent's gain the knowledge and support they need during the process of diagnosis and treatment.


Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder, 2nd Edition. James Lock & Daniel Le Grange, $25.50

Tens of thousands of parents have turned to this compassionate guide for support and practical advice grounded in cutting-edge scientific knowledge. Experts James Lock and Daniel Le Grange explain what you need to know about eating disorders, which treatments work, and why it is absolutely essential to play an active role in your teen's recovery — even though parents have often been told to take a back seat.

Learn how to monitor your teen's eating and exercise, manage mealtimes, end weight-related power struggles, and partner successfully with health care providers. When families work together to get the most out of treatment and prevent relapse, eating disorders can be beat. This book is your essential roadmap. Featuring the latest research, resources, and diagnostic information, the second edition has been expanded to cover binge-eating disorder.

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Helping Your Child with Extreme Picky Eating: a Step-by-Step Guide for Overcoming Selective Eating, Food Aversion, and Feeding Disorders. Katja Rowell & Jenny McGlothlin, $24.95

In Helping Your Child with Extreme Picky Eating, a family doctor specializing in childhood feeding joins forces with a speech pathologist to help you support your child's nutrition, healthy growth, and end meal-time anxiety (for your child and you) once and for all.

Are you parenting a child with 'extreme' picky eating? Do you worry your child isn't getting the nutrition he or she needs? Are you tired of fighting over food, suspect that what you've tried may be making things worse, but don't know how to help? Having a child with 'extreme' picky eating is frustrating and sometimes scary. Children with feeding disorders, food aversions, or selective eating often experience anxiety around food, and the power struggles can negatively impact your relationship with your child. Children with extreme picky eating can also miss out on parties or camp because they can't find “safe” foods. But you don't have to choose between fighting over every bite and only serving a handful of safe foods for years on end.

Helping Your Child with Extreme Picky Eating offers hope, even if your child has “failed” feeding therapies before. After gaining a foundation of understanding of your child's challenges and the dynamics at play, you'll be ready for the five steps (built around the clinically proven STEPS+ approach-Supportive Treatment of Eating in PartnershipS) that transform feeding and meals so your child can learn to enjoy a variety of foods in the right amounts for healthy growth. You'll discover specific strategies for dealing with anxiety, low appetite, sensory challenges, autism spectrum-related feeding issues, oral motor delay, and medically-based feeding problems. Tips and exercises reinforce what you've learned, and dozens of “scripts” help you respond to your child in the heat of the moment, as well as to others in your child's life (grandparents or your child's teacher) as you help them support your family on this journey. This book will prove an invaluable guide to restore peace to your dinner table and help you raise a healthy eater.


How To Be Comfortable in Your Own Feathers. Julia Cook, $13.95

Bluebird, along with most everyone else at school, wants to flutter like the most popular bird in their class, Hummingbird. Trying to look like Hummingbird, Bluebird starts to develop unhealthy eating habits.

Mom comes to the rescue by teaching Bluebird balance and by explaining that everyone needs to feel comfortable in their own feathers.


How to Disappear Completely: On Modern Anorexia. Kelsey Osgood, $28.50

At fourteen, Kelsey Osgood became fascinated by the stories of women who starved themselves. She devoured their memoirs and magazine articles, committing the most salacious details of their cautionary tales to memory — how little they ate, their lowest weights, and their merciless exercise regimes — to learn what it would take to be the very best anorectic. When she was hospitalized for anorexia at fifteen, she found herself in an existential wormhole: how can one suffer from something one has actively sought out? Through her own decade-long battle with anorexia, which included three lengthy hospitalizations, Osgood harrowingly describes the haunting and competitive world of inpatient facilities populated with other adolescents, some as young as ten years old.

With attuned storytelling and unflinching introspection, Kelsey Osgood unpacks the modern myths of anorexia, examining the cult-like underbelly of eating disorders in the young, as she chronicles her own rehabilitation. How to Disappear Completely is a brave, candid and emotionally wrenching memoir that explores the physical, internal, and social ramifications of eating disorders and subverts many of the popularly held notions of the illness and, most hopefully, the path to recovery.

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The Inner-Beauty Secret. Keisha Howard, illustrated by Kathy Voerg, $21.50 (GR PreK-5)

Kids are constantly bombarded with messages from the media about the importance of physical beauty. They start comparing themselves to each other and celebrities at a very young age, which causes lower self-esteem. This book explores the concept of beauty being found within a person’s character rather than in their physical attributes. This book can be used in small group counseling sessions, or it can be read as a single story to and entire class to teach Character Education.

The paperback version includes discussion questions, inner-beauty tips for parents and educators and a list of other resources including a link to reproducible worksheets and lesson plans to use with the story.

The Inner-Beauty Secret CD-Rom. Keisha Howard, illustrated by Kathy Voerg, $21.50 (GR PreK-5)

These highly interactive mini-lessons and animated storybook can be used on any digital white board such as Promethean Board™ or SMART Board™ or simply on a computer. Kids will love the interactivity, animation, great sound effects and narration of the story. Also included are reproducible worksheets and lesson plans.


Inside Out: Portrait of an Eating Disorder. Nadia Shivack, $26.99

Nadia Shivack was fourteen years old when she met Ed, her eating disorder. Sometimes like an alien in her body, sometimes like a lover, Ed was unpredictable and exciting, but ultimately always dangerous and destructive. At an inpatient unit of a hospital where she was taken for treatment, Nadia wrote and drew on napkins after meals in order to keep the food in and calm the outrageous voices in her head. These pictures, together with others drawn on notebook paper and a variety of other surfaces, tell an unflinchingly honest story of a woman's lifelong battle with anorexia and bulimia.


The Journey of the Heroic Parent: Your Child's Struggle & the Road Home. Brad Reedy, $17.95

Every day parents face heartbreaking situations. Raising a child struggling with mental health issues, addictions, depression, suicidal thoughts, eating disorders or just the normal angst associated with growing up can be frightening and confusing. When all you’ve done is not enough, when your child seems lost and you feel inept and impotent, Dr. Reedy can help you take the necessary steps to find your child, not with cursory cures or snappy solutions, but rather by effecting positive change in your own behavior.

On your journey, you will confront, re-evaluate, and grow confident in your beliefs as a parent. You will learn how to lovingly and effectively communicate your intentions to your child. Reedy’s process will teach you how to find peace and security in your skills as a parent, and help you get comfortable exactly where you are. Even if you’ve made mistakes, even if you think you’ve failed, you still have the power to be a great parent. Healthy parenting leads to a healthy life for your whole family, and The Journey of the Heroic Parent will be your guide as you walk the path to hope.

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Julia Morphs and Learns to Accept Herself. Rosalind Block, $21.50 (GR PreK-4)

Julia is not happy with her looks. Her friend Abena the rabbit is thin and does great in ballet. Julia thinks she would be better off if she was thin and small like her friend. She sits in front of her wishing mirror one night and wishes so hard that she could look more like her friend. That night the wishing fairy does his magic and Julia morphs! The next day she looks very different and is excited to show everyone her new look. But she soon learns that her new “look” has some unexpected disadvantages. Abena reminds Julia of all the things she could do so well before her change. Julia then realizes she liked her old self better. The important thing is to be happy with yourself and not compare your looks with others.

Our culture is focused so much on body image. Julia’s story can help all young girls who don’t accept how they look to see their real beauty and appreciate their uniqueness.  Julia speaks to kids who are anxious about being “different,” to recognize the unique, real beauty that is within them. 


Mothers, Daughters & Body Image: Learning to Love Ourselves As We Are. Hillary McBride, $22.99

Based on her original research, Hillary McBride shares the true stories of young women, and their mothers, and provides unique insights into how our relationships with our bodies are shaped by what we see around us and the specific things we can do to have healthier relationships with our appearance, and all the other parts of ourselves that make us women.

In Mothers, Daughters, and Body Image McBride tells her own story of recovery from an eating disorder, and how her struggles led her to dream of a new vision for womanhood — from one without body shame, negative comparisons, or insecurities, to one of freedom, connection, and acceptance.


No Weigh! A Teen's Guide to Positive Body Image, Food, and Emotional Wisdom. Signe Darpinian, Wendy Sterling & Shelley Aggarwal, $24.95 (ages 13-16)

This excellent workbook for teens aged thirteen through sixteen promotes positive body image and a healthy relationship to food. It also gives sensible, no-nonsense advice on how to prevent disordered eating of all kinds. It breaks down myths about diets and is full of tools and strategies to support connected eating, body positivity, and balanced exercise.

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101 Ways to Help Your Daughter Love Her Body. Brenda Lane Richardson & Elaine Rehr, $19.99

With negative messages bombarding our girls on a daily basis — from misguided adults, from peers, from the media —how can our daughters possibly feel good about their bodies? While you may not single-handedly be able to change society there are ways to make sure that your daughter's sense of self is strong and sustaining. In fact, this hands-on guide offers 101 ways!

In 101 Ways to Help Your Daughter Love Her Body, two mothers have teamed up to provide parents with practical ideas tailored to girls from birth through the teenage years. These initiatives inform parents and encourage them to take active roles in helping their daughters develop confidence, treat their bodies with love and respect, and make peace with their unique builds so that they can revel in a sense of femaleness and physical competence.

Psychologically astute and fun to read, this proactive guide will help define a new generation of healthy girls. There's no better time than now to help our daughters, young and growing, learn to love their bodies.


Out of the Madhouse: an Insider's Guide to Managing Depression and Anxiety. Michael Maitland & Iain Maitland, $25.95

Once upon a time, there lived a happy family called the Maitlands. Iain, the father, was a writer. Tracey, the mother, worked at a nearby school. They had three bright and charming children, Michael, Sophie and Adam. It looked like the perfect family life.

Until October 2012, when Iain received a message. Michael had been taken to hospital. Years of depression, anxiety and anorexia had taken their toll, and he had pneumonia and a collapsed lung. The doctors weren't sure if he would make it.

Told with humour and frankness through Michael's diary entries and Iain's own reflections, Out of the Madhouse charts Michael's journey to recovery from entering the Priory and returning home, to becoming a mental health ambassador for young people. Sharing tips and techniques that have helped them and others to self-manage, this is an essential resource for anyone experiencing depression, anxiety, OCD and similar issues.


The Overcoming Bulimia Workbook: Your Comprehensive Step-by-Step Guide to Recovery. Randi McCabe, $34.95 http://www.parentbooks.ca/images/tiny%20maple%20leaf.JPG

This workbook contains tools to help bulimics break the cycle of bingeing and reacting, allowing them to take control of their lives and make positive behavior changes. Practical advice and real-life examples reinforce attitudes and offer encouragement. Discover that it is possible to overcome the disorder and live a happier, more fulfilling life.

Through their cutting-edge research at the internationally renowned Toronto Hospital Eating Disorders Programme, the authors of The Overcoming Bulimia Workbook have developed a step-by-step program for recovery whose efficacy has been proven in clinical trials. The authors empower bulimia suffers to take control of their lives, not only by providing information and advice, but by giving them a personalized format with which they can put these new behavior changes into practice — a process that is critically important for lasting recovery.

This comprehensive guide covers everything from bulimia's symptoms, causes, and risks to how to normalize eating, shift eating-disordered thoughts, build on personal strengths, improve self-esteem, deal with underlying issues, prevent relapse, and understand what medications can help. With many real-life examples, this book also helps readers learn through the experiences of other sufferers how to overcome their disorder and live a happier, more fulfilled life.

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A Parent's Guide to Defeating Eating Disorders: Spotting the Stealth Bomber and Other Symbolic Approaches. Ahmed Boache & Karin Jasper, $24.95

Building a supportive and open relationship with young people suffering from eating disorders is key to assisting the recovery process. This book is packed with metaphorical explanations that will allow parents and caregivers to ally themselves with treatment rather than the eating disorder, and take positive steps with their child towards a full and lasting recovery.

Written by experienced eating disorder specialists, the book will help caregivers to reach out to young people having difficulty cooperating with treatment. Its effective use of analogies and metaphors helps to crystallize a practical understanding of eating disorders and the crucial aspects of the treatment process. Integrating medical, psychological, and narrative aspects, as well as the visual (with illustrations), it encourages the reader, and by extension the sufferer, to conceptualize each step towards health.


The Parent's Guide to Eating Disorders: Supporting Self-Esteem, Healthy Eating & a Positive Body Image at Home. Marcia Herrin & Nancy Matsumoto, $32.50

THE PARENT'S GUIDE TO EATING DISORDERS addresses childhood and teenage eating disorders with an emphasis on home-based recovery. Herrin focuses on early detection and intervention with effective solutions that begin at home. This second edition includes new information on family communication, medical consequences, advice for siblings, relapse prevention, food plans, and boys at risk.


Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: the Frightening New Normalcy of Hating Your Body. Courtney Martin, $29.99

Courtney Martin voices her concern for her young generation — so obsessed with being thin that their awareness is always focused on elusive notions of excellence. Health and wellness, joy and love have come to seem secondary compared to the desire for a perfect body.

Feminism and perfectionism form the background to this political, personal and riveting call to action. PERFECT GIRLS, STARVING DAUGHTERS should be read by anyone who is looking for insight into the epidemic of body obsession.

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Rosey Rudey and the Enormous Chocolate Mountain, a Story about Hunger, Overeating, and using Food for Comfort. Sarah Naish & Rosie Jeffries, $18.95

Whenever Rosie Rudey gets an empty feeling in her tummy, she'll try to fix it by eating sugary food, especially chocolate. One day Rosie eats far more than she means to, and throws up all over the garden! This is the perfect story to explain to children aged 3-10 the problems of overeating and using food for comfort.


Self-Harm and Eating Disorders in Schools: a Guide to Whole-School Strategies and Practical Support. Pooky Knightsmith, $31.95

Self-harm and eating disorders are present in almost every school and they frequently co-occur. This book provides the vital guidance that school staff need to spot early warning signs, understand triggers and support the students in their care effectively.

This very practical guide helps educational professionals to gain a better understanding of self-harm and eating disorders by dispelling the myths and misconceptions that surround these behaviours. The book provides advice on whole-school policies and procedures as well as day-to-day strategies to implement in lessons, at mealtimes and in one-on-one sessions. It explains how to respond to disclosures, make referrals and work alongside parents to assist in the road to recovery.


Skin and Bones. Sherry Shahan, $12.99 (novel)

Sixteen-year-old Jack, nicknamed "Bones," won't eat. His roommate in the eating disorder ward has the opposite problem and proudly goes by the nickname "Lard." They become friends despite Bones's initial reluctance. When Bones meets Alice, a dangerously thin dancer who loves to break the rules, he lets his guard down even more. Soon Bones is so obsessed with Alice that he's willing to risk everything — even his recovery. 

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Straight Talk about Eating Disorders. Carrie Iorizzo, $11.95 (ages 10-15+)

This insightful book examines different types of eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia, and compulsive overeating, and discusses causes, symptoms, treatment, and prevention. Up-to-date information and firsthand accounts shed light on body image and eating disorders that are becoming increasingly common in adolescence. Practical advice on developing a positive self-image is also included.


This Mean Disease: Growing Up in the Shadow of My Mother's Anorexia Nervosa. Daniel Becker, $21.99

In this beautifully-written memoir, Daniel Becker shares the inner world of his mother's anorexia nervosa and its devastating effects on his family. Through the eyes of a child, we witness both the heartbreaking details of his mother's obsession with food and her inability to nourish herself. The secrecy surrounding the illness creates a shadow over the family that grows bigger over time. As Daniel, his father and brothers struggle to maintain their loyalty to Mom, they become aware of its impossible grip and their inability to help her. In the end, Daniel must face his own guilt and longing to find his way out of the darkness.


Too Fat? Too Thin? The Healthy Eating Handbook. Melissa Sayer, $11.50 (ages 10 and up)

Not happy with your body? Worried that a friend has an eating disorder? Can't find the motivation to exercise? THE HEALTHY EATING HANDBOOK is here to help with useful advice, facts, tips and quizzes on these issues and more.

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What’s Eating You: a Workbook for Teens with Anorexia, Bulimia and Other Eating Disorders. Tammy Nelson, $24.95

Bingeing, purging, excessive dieting, and relentless exercising are all destructive behaviors common among young women with eating disorders. The activities in this book help teenage girls understand how their eating behaviors developed, recognize the relationship between their emotions and their eating, and learn to see their bodies in a positive light.


When Your Teen Has an Eating Disorder: Practical Strategies to Help Your Teen Recover from Anorexia, Bulimia, & Binge Eating. Lauren Muhlheim, $24.95

If your teen has an eating disorder — such as anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating — you may feel helpless, worried, or uncertain about how you can best support them. That’s why you need real, proven-effective strategies you can use right away. Whether used in conjunction with treatment or on its own, this book offers an evidence-based approach you can use now to help your teen make healthy choices and stay well in body and mind.

When Your Teen Has an Eating Disorder will empower you to help your teen using a unique, family-based treatment (FBT) approach. With this guide, you’ll learn to respectfully and lovingly oversee your teen’s nutritional rehabilitation, which includes helping to normalize eating behaviors, managing meals, expanding food flexibility, teaching independent and intuitive eating habits, and using coping strategies and recovery skills to prevent relapse.

As a parent, feeding your child is a fundamental act of love — it has been from the start! However, when a child is affected by an eating disorder, parents often lose confidence in performing this basic task. This compassionate guide will help you gain the confidence needed to nurture your teen and help them heal.

In addition to helping parents and caregivers, this book is a wonderful resource for mental health professionals, teachers, counselors, and coaches who work with parents of and teens with eating disorders. It clearly outlines the principles of FBT and the process of involving parents collaboratively in treatment.


Your Dieting Daughter: Antidotes Parents Can Provide for Body Dissatisfaction, Excessive Dieting, and Disordered Eating, 2nd Edition. Carolyn Costin, $41.50

YOUR DIETING DAUGHTER is a must read for anyone wanting to help contribute to a young woman’s development of a healthy self and body esteem, whether she is 13 or 30 in a culture that places an unhealthy emphasis on being thin. From aiding a young girl to lose weight for health reasons; to encouraging a young woman to accept her natural body size; to helping detect, prevent, and understand eating disorders, this second edition is full of practical and invaluable information. Chapters guide parents in the Do’s and Don’ts that will help a daughter to accept, respect, and care for her body. Readers will learn the importance of setting a good example and the critical need to take the focus from numbers and measurements — such as scale weight, clothing size, miles run, or sit-ups accomplished — to important goals like health, body acceptance, and finding physical activity to enjoy. Whether you are interested in being a good role model for you daughter, helping girls and women who are currently suffering from an eating disorder or body image issues, or raising the next generation of girls to value the size of their heart over their body size, this is a book not to be missed.

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Complete Booklist

Resources for Families and Professionals

Andrea's Voice: Silenced by Bulimia. Doris Smeltzer with Andrea Lynn Smeltzer, $26.50

The Anorexia Workbook: How to Accept Yourself, Heal Your Suffering, and Reclaim Your Life. Michelle Heffner & Georg Eifert, $36.50

The BDD Workbook: Overcome Body Dysmorphic Disorder and End Body Image Obsessions. James Claiborne, $35.95

Beating Eating Disorders Step-by-Step: a Self-Help Guide for Recovery. Anna Paterson, $32.95

Being Me (and Loving It): Stories and Activities to Help Build Self-esteem, Confidence, Positive Body Image and Resilience in Children. Naomi Richards & Julia Hague, $33.95

The Binge Eating and Compulsive Overeating Workbook:  an Integrated Approach to Overcoming Disordered Eating. Carolyn Coker Ross, $34.95

Binge No More: Your Guide to Overcoming Disordered Eating. Joyce Nash, $26.95

Biting Anorexia: a Firsthand Account of an internal War. Lucy Howard-Taylor, $27.95

The Body Image Workbook: an 8-Step Program for Learning to Like Your Looks. Thomas Cash, $36.95

The Body Image Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help Girls Develop a Healthy Body Image in an Image-Obsessed World. Julia Taylor, $23.95

The Bulimia Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Stop Bingeing and Purging. Lisa Schab, $21.95

Can I Tell You about Eating Disorders? A Guide for Friends, Family, and Professionals. Bryan Lask & Lucy Watson, $15.95

The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Bulimia: Using DBT to Break the Cycle and Regain Control of Your Life. Ellen Astrachan-Fletcher & Michael Maslar, $30.95

Distorted: How a Mother and Daughter Unraveled the Truth, the Lies, and the Realities of an Eating Disorder. Antosz Benson & Taryn Leigh Benson, $22.95

Eating Disorder Recovery Handbook: a Practical Guide to Long-Term Recovery. Nicola Davies & Emma Bacon, $33.95

Eating Mindfully for Teens: a Workbook to Help You Make Healthy Choices, End Emotional Eating & Feel Great. Susan Albers, $22.95

Eating the Moment: 141 Mindful Practices to Overcome Overeating One Meal at a Time. Pavel Somov, $26.95

Ed Says U Said: Eating Disorder Translator. June Alexander & Cate Sangster, $22.95

8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder: Effective Strategies from therapeutic Practice and Personal Experience. Carolyn Costin & Gwen Schubert Grabb, $25.95

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Feeding the Starving Mind: a Personalized, Comprehensive Approach to Overcoming Anorexia and Other Starvation Eating Disorders.  Doreen Samelson, $30.95

50 Ways to Soothe Yourself without Food. Susan Albers, $24.95

First Steps Out of Eating Disorders. Kate Middleton & Jane Smith, $10.95

Full Mouse Empty Mouse: a Tale of Food and Feelings. Dina Zeckhausen, illustrated by Brian Boyd,  $10.95 (Grades 2-5)

Full of Ourselves; a Wellness Program to Advance Girl Power, Health and Leadership. Catherine Steiner-Adair & Lisa Sjostrom, $67.50

Getting Over Overeating for Teens: a Workbook to Transform Your Relationship with Food Using CBT, Mindfulness & Intuitive Eating. Andrea Wachter, $23.95

Give Food a Chance: a New View on Childhood Eating Disorders. Julie O'Toole, $24.95

Help for Eating Disorders: a Parent's Guide to Symptoms, Causes & Treatments. Debra Katzman & Leora Pinhas, $24.95

Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder, 2nd Edition. James Lock & Daniel Le Grange, $25.50

Helping Your Child with Extreme Picky Eating: a Step-by-Step Guide for Overcoming Selective Eating, Food Aversion, and Feeding Disorders. Katja Rowell & Jenny McGlothlin, $24.95

How To Be Comfortable in Your Own Feathers. Julia Cook, $13.95

How to Disappear Completely: On Modern Anorexia. Kelsey Osgood, $28.50

Hunger for Understanding: a Workbook for Helping Young People to Understand and Overcome Anorexia Nervosa. Alison Eivors & Sophie Nesbitt, $79.99

If Your Adolescent Has an Eating Disorder: an Essential Resource for Parents. Timothy Walsh & V. Cameron, $10.95

I'm Like So Fat! Helping Your Teen Make Healthy Choices about Eating and Exercise in a Weight Obsessed World. Diane Neumark-Sztainer, $21.95

The Inner-Beauty Secret. Keisha Howard, illustrated by Kathy Voerg, $21.50 (GR PreK-5)

The Inner-Beauty Secret CD-Rom. Keisha Howard, illustrated by Kathy Voerg, $21.50 (GR PreK-5)

Inside Out: Portrait of an Eating Disorder. Nadia Shivack, $26.99

The Journey of the Heroic Parent: Your Child's Struggle & the Road Home. Brad Reedy, $17.95

Julia Morphs and Learns to Accept Herself. Rosalind Block, $21.50 (GR PreK-4)

Mothers, Daughters & Body Image: Learning to Love Ourselves As We Are. Hillary McBride, $22.99

No Weigh! A Teen's Guide to Positive Body Image, Food, and Emotional Wisdom. Signe Darpinian, Wendy Sterling & Shelley Aggarwal, $24.95 (ages 13-16)

101 Ways to Help Your Daughter Love Her Body. Brenda Lane Richardson & Elaine Rehr, $19.99

Out of the Madhouse: an Insider's Guide to Managing Depression and Anxiety. Michael Maitland & Iain Maitland, $25.95

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The Overcoming Bulimia Workbook: Your Comprehensive Step-by-Step Guide to Recovery. Randi McCabe, $34.95

A Parent's Guide to Defeating Eating Disorders: Spotting the Stealth Bomber and Other Symbolic Approaches. Ahmed Boache & Karin Jasper, $24.95

The Parent's Guide to Eating Disorders: Supporting Self-Esteem, Healthy Eating & a Positive Body Image at Home. Marcia Herrin & Nancy Matsumoto, $32.50

Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: the Frightening New Normalcy of Hating Your Body. Courtney Martin, $17.50

Rosey Rudey and the Enormous Chocolate Mountain, a Story about Hunger, Overeating, and using Food for Comfort. Sarah Naish & Rosie Jeffries, $18.95

Self-Harm and Eating Disorders in Schools: a Guide to Whole-School Strategies and Practical Support. Pooky Knightsmith, $31.95

Skin and Bones. Sherry Shahan, $12.99 (novel)

Straight Talk about Eating Disorders. Carrie Iorizzo, $11.95 (ages 10-15+)

This Mean Disease: Growing Up in the Shadow of My Mother's Anorexia Nervosa. Daniel Becker, $21.95

Too Fat? Too Thin? The Healthy Eating Handbook. Melissa Sayer, $11.50 (ages 10 and up)

What's Eating You: a Workbook for Teens with Anorexia, Bulimia and Other Eating Disorders. Tammy Nelson, $24.95

When Your Teen Has an Eating Disorder: Practical Strategies to Help Your Teen Recover from Anorexia, Bulimia, & Binge Eating. Lauren Muhlheim, $24.95

Women's Lives: Health, Well-Being and Body Image. Baukje Miedema, et al, eds. $24.95

Your Dieting Daughter: Antidotes Parents Can Provide for Body Dissatisfaction, Excessive Dieting, and Disordered Eating, 2nd Edition. Carolyn Costin, $41.50

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