The following resource guide is a compilation of books, newsletters, journals, and national organizations, which provide useful information on eating disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery issues. We hope this will help you in whatever stage or role you are in, in the recovery process. Click here to print the ELA Resource Guide
Eating Disorders Today
This is a newsletter for recovering individuals and their loved ones. This compassionate and supportive newsletter combines helpful clinical facts and self-help advice from respected experts in the field of eating disorders.
NEDA (Parent, Family & Friends Network)
As a member of the Parent, Family, and Friends Network, you will receive access to a quarterly newsletter with news and information of interest to families affected by eating disorders, in addition to being informed of opportunities to advocate for others experiencing the same issues.
Eating Disorders Review
This bi-monthly newsletter presents current clinical information for the professional treating eating disorders. It features summaries of relevant research from journals and unpublished studies.
Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention
This journal focuses on cutting edge research regarding multidisciplinary approaches to eating disorder treatment and/or prevention efforts. This journal published five times a year, is affiliated with IAEDP.
The International Journal of Eating Disorders
This is the official journal of the Academy of Eating Disorders and is published eight times a year. This publication focuses on research related to eating disorders, disordered eating, and weight-related behaviors.
European Eating Disorders Review
This journal published six times a year, focuses on research related to best practices within the eating disorder field from all over the world. It is the professional journal of the organization Beating Eating Disorders (B.E.A.T.).
This journal published four times a year, features articles on eating disorders, disordered eating, and healthy eating.
This journal published four times a year, focuses on research relating to body image, body satisfaction, and body esteem. It also includes articles on the effect of body image on physical and mental health.
A Chance To Heal
ACTH aims to prevent the incidence and reduce the impact of eating disorders, in addition to promoting the importance of positive body image by educating and influencing parents, young people, educators, and health care providers. Programming includes: medical education, high school programming, and ParentTalk (conversational workshops for parents on preventing eating disorders and raising healthy children).
Active Minds utilizes the student voice to change the conversation about mental health on college campuses. By developing and supporting chapters of a student-run mental health awareness, education, and advocacy group on campus, the organization works to increase students’ awareness of mental health issues, provide information and resources regarding mental health and mental illness, encourage students to seek help as soon as it is needed, and serve as liaison between students and the mental health community through campus-wide events and national programs.
The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness
The Alliance disseminates educational information to parents and caregivers about the warning signs, dangers, and consequences of anorexia, bulimia, and other related disorders. Staff offer presentations, seminars, workshops, phone and e-mail support, treatment referrals, support groups, and informational packets free of charge. The staff members are also strong advocates for change in eating disorder legislation.
Andrea’s Voice (AV) is a non-profit organization formed in honor of Andrea, Tom & Doris’ 19-year-old daughter who died after one year of bulimic behaviors. AV is devoted to the prevention of eating disorders through education and a focus on a Health At Every Size approach to body image, health and fitness. AV offers not only support and resources to sufferers and their loved ones, but a unique “Family & Friends Support Group Curriculum” based on their radio interviews with experts in the field (available September, 2011).
Association for Size Diversity and Health
ASDAH is an international professional organization composed of individual members who are committed to Health At Every Size principles. Their mission is to promote education, research, and the provision of services which enhance health and well-being, and which are free from weight-based assumptions and weight discrimination.
Binge Eating Disorder Association
BEDA provides individuals who suffer from binge eating disorder with the recognition and resources they deserve to begin a safe journey toward a healthy recovery. BEDA also serves as a resource for treatment providers to prevent, detect, diagnose, and treat BED. In addition, BEDA will provide access to and information about the tools necessary for treatment, recovery and, ultimately, prevention of the disorder.
Eating Disorder HOPE
EDH offers information, eating disorder treatment options, recovery tools, and resources to those suffering from eating disorders, their treatment providers and loved ones. In addition, they provide support group information, and articles for those individuals struggling with anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating disorders. Check out their blogs, social networking sites, and clubs.
Eating Disorder Network of Maryland
Eating Disorder Network of Maryland, a nonprofit, was founded in June of 2007. Their goal is to provide education and resources about eating disorders to the general community. They do this by offering: support groups, community outreach, professional education, support for parents & friends, and by providing an online referral database listing clinicians and professionals specializing in working with those with eating disorders throughout the state of Maryland.
Eating Disorders Coalition
The mission of the EDC is to advance the federal recognition of eating disorders as a public health priority. They have identified the following federal policy goals: increase resources for research, education, prevention, and improved training. The EDC also promotes: federal support for improved access to care, the national awareness of eating disorders as a public health problem, and initiatives that support the healthy development of children.
The Elisa Project
The Elisa Project is dedicated to the prevention and effective treatment of eating disorders through the following program goals: Public Awareness (educate the public to understand, prevent, and destigmatize eating disorders); Community Education and Support (empower those affected by eating disorders to understand and manage their health care needs and to communicate effectively with their family, friends, and healthcare professionals); Professional Education (enhance the proficiency of healthcare professionals in the diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders): and Advocacy (advocate for strong healthcare policies, ensuing access to care, appropriate attention to prevention, and adequate resources for treatment).
Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders (F.E.A.S.T.)
F.E.A.S.T. is a non-profit organization of and for parents and caregivers to help loved ones recover from eating disorders. This site provides information, mutual support, and evidence-based treatment, in addition to research and education in order to reduce the suffering associated with eating disorders. Services include: Around the Dinner Table, an online forum for parents and carers that supports families; audio recovery stories; a research blog; informational resources; and a Speaker’s Bureau of parents for media, events, and educational seminars.
Fat Talk Free Week
Fat Talk Free Week is an international, 5-day campaign to draw attention to body image issues and the damaging impact of the ‘thin ideal’ on women. It is an annual public awareness effort that serves the cause campaign inspired by Tri Delta’s award-winning body image education and eating disorders prevention program, Reflections. The primary purpose of Fat Talk Free Week is to help women of all ages: establish and maintain a positve body image; challenge people to speak and think differently about their bodies; and promote a healthy lifestyle that urges individuals to live a balanced life in mind, body and spirit.
FINDINGbalance, Inc. is a faith-based, non-profit health and wellness organization with an emphasis on eating and body image issues including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, and EDNOS (Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified). With as many as three out of four women (and millions of men) identifying with some sort of eating issue, including overeating, chronic dieting and excessive exercising, our mission is to remove the stigma associated with these issues, promote prevention, and provide tools that support a balanced recovery journey and lifestyle. Resources include the most comprehensive eating/body image video library on the web, eating issues self-tests, and small group tools, including their “Finding Balance with Food” 12-week curriculum.
Gurze Books is a publishing company that specializes in eating disorder publications, resources, and education. Gurze offers: an Eating Disorder Resource Catalogue, a monthly Gurze E-News, EatingDisordersReview.com (provides clinical information for eating disorders professionals), and www.EatingDisordersBlogs.com (supporting recovery for individuals with eating disorders and their loved ones).
Harris Center for Education and Advocacy in Eating Disorders at MGH
The Harris Center at Massachusetts General Hospital advances the understanding, prevention, and treatment of eating disorders. In addition, this organization conducts or participates in forums and symposia that train medical professionals, increase awareness among groups interacting with those at risk for eating disorders, and communicate latest research advances to other medical professionals.
Healthy Minds Study
HMS is an annual, national survey that examines mental health issues among college students. Topics in the survey include: mental health measures (depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders and body image, suicidal ideation and non-suicidal self-injury, functional impairment); help-seeking behavior (perceived need for help, psychotropic medication use, utilization of therapy/counseling); potential barriers and facilitators to accessing healthcare (stigma, knowledge, and beliefs about treatment, satisfaction with services); perceived supportiveness of academic and social environment; and outcomes that may be related to mental health, such as substance abuse and academic performance.
Hope Network supports and educates families through workshops, articles, links to resources, tele-classes and individual support. Tele-classes provide a space for parents to explore feelings and get help with one of life’s most challenging experiences: being a family member of someone with an eating disorder. You will learn from professionals and peers who have experience in moving forward with their lives during these illnesses.
International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals
IAEDP offers a highly respected certification process for those who wish to receive specialized credentials in their work with people with eating disorders. This organization also publishes a newsletter (Connections), which addresses treatment issues.
The mission of Jed Foundation is to reduce the prevalence of emotional distress and the rate of suicide among college and university students. To achieve this end, the organization collaborates with the public and leaders in higher education, mental health, and research to produce and advance initiatives that: decrease the stigma surrounding emotional disorders and increase help-seeking in the college student population; increase understanding of the warning signs of suicide and the symptoms of emotional disorders among college students; build awareness of the prevalence of suicide and emotional disorders among college students; and strengthen campus mental health services, policies, and programs.
This organization oversees the Eating Disorder Learning Collaborative, an initiative in Maine that has established teams trained to provide coordinated health care treatment for those with eating disorders. Teams consist of at least one medical practitioner, therapist, and registered dietician. The EDLC provides initial training and ongoing performance improvement and support related to best practices for treating anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, and eating disorders not otherwise specified.
Maudsley Parents is a volunteer organization founded in 2006 to offer hope and help to families confronting eating disorders. Run by parents in collaboration with a panel of leading experts in child and adolescent eating disorders, Maudsley Parents offers information on eating disorders and family-based treatment (FBT).
Media Education Foundation
The MEF produces and distributes documentary film and other educational resources on several topics, including eating disorders. In addition, there are video study guides and pamphlets for film screenings that would be useful for campus events. Discounts are available prior to NEDAwareness events.
MC is the first non-profit global eating disorders mentoring online community. Members can match with a mentor for individual support, participation in group mentoring activities, join in weekly support group meetings, receive daily supportive emails, enjoy monthly teleconferences, create a personal recovery blog, and more.
The National Association for Males with Eating Disorders, Inc.
N.A.M.E.D. is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting males with eating disorders and their families, in addition to being a resource of information on the subject. Their helpline for information, support, and treatment referrals is: (877) 780-0080.
National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Eating Disorders
ANAD: maintains a hotline, oversees a national network of ANAD support groups, provides resource specialists and recovered individuals that can offer their expertise in providing interviews, lectures, and support related to eating disorders, coordinates annual Candlelight Vigils, and advocates for insurance parity at the state and federal level.
National Eating Disorders Association
NEDA is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. They work with partners and volunteers to develop programs and tools to help everyone who seeks assistance.
Normal in Schools
NORMAL In Schools is the national non-profit organization that educates about eating disorders, body image and self-esteem in schools, universities as well as in medical, educational and arts conferences. With more than twelve programs that highlight the therapeutic impact of the arts in building resilience and self-esteem, the NIS nonprofit has won numerous awards. Most notably their programs have clinically shown to inspire individuals to seek treatment for eating disorders and have served as the bridge between the education systems and healing for more than 5 years.
The mission of Ophelia’s Place is to empower individuals, families and communities to redefine beauty and health through initiatives that increase self-esteem, improve body image and introduce alternatives to dangerous desires for perfection; and to provide outreach, advocacy and educational services to those impacted by eating disorders, disordered eating and body dissatisfaction.
Renfrew Center Foundation
The Renfrew Center Foundation is a non-profit organization advancing the education, prevention, research, and treatment of eating disorders. They advance their mission by: providing professional training and educational opportunities for mental health and medical professionals, creating awareness in the general public through the production of educational seminars and publications, and conducts research into the pathology and recovery patterns of people with eating disorders.
Rewrite Beautiful Rewrite Beautiful, a non-profit organization, is a revolution to redefine beauty as an ACTION. Beauty actually has nothing to do with the way you LOOK; it has to do with the way you ACT. Beauty is found in your actions of Creativity, Kindness and Strength displayed in your community. Rewrite Beautiful provides eating disorder prevention school programs. Founder and Creative Director, Irvina Kanarek travels to college campuses sharing Rewrite Beautiful’s message. She shares her own eating disorder testimony, plays their Photo Documentary, holds a Q&A Panel and engages the students in creatively changing how they see beauty in themselves.
Screening for Mental Health SMH supports the National Eating Disorders Screening Program (NEDSP), an initiative of College Response, which is designed to educate and screen college students for eating disorders, in addition to connecting at-risk students with the resources they need to overcome their disorder. Participating colleges and universities are encouraged to network with community groups and other internal departments, thereby creating liaisons that can continue to be utilized throughout the year.
Transition Year: Student Edition // Parent Edition
Transition Year is an on-line resource center to help students and their parents focus on emotional health before, during, and after the college transition. Go to: “Transitioning with a Diagnosed Condition”.
The following organizations offer information, resources and treatment referrals for eating disorder related conditions:
Anxiety Disorders Association of America
The ADAA is dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety disorders and to improving the lives of all people who suffer from them. The ADAA disseminates information, and links people who need treatment with those who can provide it.
The mission of the OCF is to educate the public and professional communities about OCD and related disorders, to provide assistance to individuals with OCD, and to support research into the causes and effective treatments of OCD. OFC resources and activities include: bi-monthly newsletters, membership conferences, The Behavior Therapy Institute (designed to train mental health professionals in the latest techniques to treat OCD), annual research awards, distribution of educational materials, and treatment referrals which include both individual and support group clinicians.
S.A.F.E. ALTERNATIVES (Self Abuse Finally Ends)
S.A.F.E. is a nationally recognized treatment approach, professional network, and educational resource base, which is committed to helping individuals achieve an end to self-injurious behavior.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
One of SAMHSA’s initiatives is the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), which promotes the quality and availability of community-based substance abuse treatment services for individuals and families who need them. CSAT works with community-based groups to improve and expand existing substance abuse treatment services. CSAT also supports SAMHSA’s free treatment referral service to link people with the community-based substance abuse services they need.
Telling ED No! And Other Practical Tools to Conquer Your Eating Disorder and Find Freedom (Cheryl Kerrigan)
100 Questions & Answers About Anorexia (Sari Fine Shepphird)
Appetites: Why Women Want (Caroline Knapp)
Holy Hunger: A Memoir of Desire (Margaret Bullitt-Jonas)
Life Beyond Your Eating Disorder (Johanna Kandel)
Life Inside the Thin Cage (Constance Rhodes)
Anorexia Nervosa: A Guide to Recovery (Lindsey Hall and Monika Ostroff)
The Anorexia Workbook (Michelle Heffner and Georg Eifert)
Bulimia: A Guide to Recovery (Lindsey Hall and Leigh Cohn)
Sensing the Self: Women’s Recovery from Bulimia (Sheila Reindl)
The Body Image Workbook — 2nd Edition (Thomas Cash)
Feeling Good About the Way You Look (Sabine Wilheim)
The Food and Feelings Workbook (Karen Koenig)
Intuitive Eating: A Recovery Book for the Chronic Dieter (Elyse Resch and Evelyn Tribole)
Eating in the Light of the Moon: How Women Can Transform Their Relationships With Food Through Myths, Metaphors & Storytelling (Anita Johnston)
Beating Ana (Shannon Cutts)
Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too (Jenni Schaefer with Thom Rutledge)
Self Esteem: Tools for Recovery (Lindsey Hall and Leigh Cohn)
100 Questions & Answers About Anorexia (Sari Fine Shepphird)
The Parent’s Guide to Eating Disorders (Marcia Herrin and Nancy Matsumoto)
Just Tell Her To Stop: Family Stories of Eating Disorders (Becky Henry)
Andrea’s Voice….Silenced by Bulimia (Doris Smeltzer with Andrea Lynn Smeltzer)
Surviving an Eating Disorder: New Perspectives and Strategies for Family and Friends — 3rd Edition (Michelle Siegel, Judith Brisman & Margot Weinshel)
Talking to Eating Disorders: Simple Ways to Support Someone with Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge-Eating, or Body Image Issues (Jeanne Albronda Heaton and Claudia J. Strauss)
Off the CUFF: A Parents Skills Book for the Management of Disordered Eating (Nancy Zucker)
Loving Someone with OCD: Help for You and Your Family (Karen Landsman, Kathleen Rupertus, and Cherry Pedrick)
Brave Girl Eating (Harriet Brown)
Eating with Your Anorexic: How My Child Recovered Through Family-Based Treatment and Yours Can Too (Laura Collins)
Help Your Teenager Beat An Eating Disorder (James Lock and Daniel Le Grange)
100 Questions & Answers About Anorexia (Sari Fine Shepphird)
The Adonis Complex: How to Identify, Treat and Prevent Body Obsession in Men and Boys (Harrison Pope, Katharine Phillips and Roberto Olivardia)
Prevention of Eating Problems and Eating Disorders (Michael Levine and Linda Smolak)
Assessment of Eating Disorders (James E. Mitchell and Carol B. Peterson)
The Treatment of Eating Disorders (Edited by: Carlos Grilo and James E. Mitchell)
Treatment of Eating Disorders (Margo Maine and Beth Hartman McGilley)
Crave: Why You Binge Eat and How to Stop (Cynthia Bulik)
BED: Clinical Foundations and Treatment (James Mitchell and Carol Peterson)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and ED’s (Christopher Fairburn)
10-Minute CBT: Integrating Cognitive-Behavioral Strategies Into Your Practice (Michael Otto, Naomi Simon, Bunmi Olatunji, and Sharon Sung)
Exercise for Mood and Anxiety Disorders (Michael Otto and A. J. Smitts)
DBT in Private Practice (Thomas Marra)
Body Project Facilitator’s Guide (Eric Stice and Katherine Presnell)
Finding Balance Leader Guide & CD (Constance Rhodes)
Nutrition Counseling in the Treatment of Eating Disorders (Marcia Herrin)
Eating Disorders in Sport (Ron Thompson and Roberta Sherman)
Sexual Abuse and Eating Disorders (Mark Schwartz and Leigh Cohn)
Cutting: Understanding and Overcoming Self-Mutilation (Steven Levenkron)
Self-Harm Behavior and Eating Disorders (John Levitt and Randy Sansone)
Group Psychotherapy for Eating Disorders (Heather Harper-Giuffre)
Self-Injury: Manual for School Professionals (S.A.F.E. Alternatives)
Treatment Manual For Anorexia Nervosa: A Family-Based Approach (James Lock, Daniel Le Grange, W. Stewart Agras, and Christopher Dare)
Treating Bulimia in Adolescents: A Family-Based Approach (Daniel Le Grange and James Lock)