Best Eating Disorder Books

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4.06 avg rating — 2,806 ratings
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3.72 avg rating — 2,051 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 3,535 ratings
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4.39 avg rating — 57 ratings
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4.60 avg rating — 142 ratings
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3.80 avg rating — 974 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 111 ratings
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3.64 avg rating — 600 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 74 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 847 ratings
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3.56 avg rating — 1,550 ratings
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4.31 avg rating — 57,297 ratings
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3.84 avg rating — 66,249 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 859 ratings
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3.55 avg rating — 284 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 324,242 ratings
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4.20 avg rating — 59 ratings
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3.35 avg rating — 2,172 ratings
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3.67 avg rating — 2,080 ratings
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3.63 avg rating — 222 ratings
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3.67 avg rating — 666 ratings
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3.54 avg rating — 883 ratings
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3.65 avg rating — 472 ratings
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3.35 avg rating — 430 ratings
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3.80 avg rating — 198 ratings
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3.78 avg rating — 559 ratings
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3.65 avg rating — 266 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 8,923 ratings
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3.70 avg rating — 292 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 829,000 ratings
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3.40 avg rating — 616 ratings
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message 2: by Mary (new)

Mary I cannot believe this book isn't on the list. It's completely brilliant, and anyone interested in body disorders in Western culture should start with Bordo.


message 3: by Sirja (new)

Sirja Ellen Wasted, always and forever <3


message 4: by Ruthy (new)

Ruthy I've got to agree with Mary, Unbearable Weight by Susan Bordo really should be on this list


message 5: by Bettie (new)

Bettie (You can)add it! Click ADD BOOKS TO THIS LIST, then click the search box and enter the title.


message 6: by Alexei (new)

Alexei <3 this list


message 7: by Truth816 (new)

Truth816 <3


message 8: by Jessa (new)

Jessa Just wanted to suggest that if you are recovering/have recovered/are trying to recover from an ED, you should check out my new book group on here:

Eating Disorder Recovery Reading Buddies
http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/5...


message 9: by Bettie (new)

Bettie

SPAM ALERT!


message 10: by Jessa (last edited Oct 31, 2011 11:00PM) (new)

Jessa Sorry I didn't think it was spam to tell people rating a thread about eating disorders on Goodreads that there is now a group here ON GOODREADS where people can talk about eating disorder recovery and read eating disorder recovery books together, such as many of the books on this list...doesn't seem like spam to me at all. If I were posting to some external link or something, then I would totally agree.

I was really just trying to let people know it was there and reach out so that they could join and we could all help each other with this ED journey :( while enjoying good stories about it and helping each other know which books are triggering, etc. If you think that is spam, I am sorry. That is unfortunate.


message 11: by Heather (new)

Heather Faye I must admit to being sad that Wasted is number 1. For me, it did much more damage than good, triggering me and giving me more tips and strategies than it did aid my recovery. I hope that I am alone in this fact but I fear that it leads to more relapse than it leads to recovery. I actually found a book called Going Hungry to be very helpful.


message 12: by Andrea (new)

Andrea Adler PUSHING UPWARD, by Andrea Adler is another wonderful book, about to become a film, on eating disorders.


message 13: by Jenny (new)

Jenny Mary wrote: "Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body, Tenth Anniversary Edition"

I read excerpts from this book for my literary criticism class and ended up writing two papers based around its ideas. I love this.


message 14: by Jen (new)

Jen The 8 Keys to Recovering From an Eating Disorder by Carolyn Costin. Costin delivers an honest, realistic, authentic approach to finding your way out of an ED and finding yourSELF.


message 15: by Jen (new)

Jen Sirja wrote: "Wasted, always and forever <3"
I read Wasted several times while in my raging eating disorder. I swear this book taught me how to be a better anorexic. This book is great if you want to be sick. I appreciate her honesty but, at time, it is too honest. I saw her speak at Harvard last Fall, which helped me come to terms with Wasted and Marya. She said that when she wrote Wasted, she was very sick and did not mean for it to be a guide for killing yourself. I wouldn't read this again.


message 16: by Laura (new)

Laura Shields Heather wrote: "I must admit to being sad that Wasted is number 1. For me, it did much more damage than good, triggering me and giving me more tips and strategies than it did aid my recovery. I hope that I am alon..."

See I feel the problem with people reactions to this book is that itwas in no way supposed to aid in anyones recovery, it was simply an account of the authors personal thoughts and experiences, which can be very intense and triggering. I loved the book, it really put into words some of my own personal experiences, and it was nice to see someone else had thought like me at one point as well, if that makes sense. Yes, it was triggering, but so has been most ED books for me, especially winter girls, but if triggering is a problem, its best to stick to self help books strictly. For me it was nice to find a book that wasn't 50% BS, or some 'cute' little story about a teenager who doesnt eat for a week and miraculously gets better after she faints and goes to the hospital for a month, or a book that lies about the experience and skips all the horrible parts. Its the first ED book I've read thats been raw and honest and real about the hell that is an eating disorder. I personally think books like this are very important.


message 17: by Valerie (last edited Dec 07, 2017 08:34PM) (new)

Valerie A warrior-mother's perspective? Read this story! Dancing with a Demon
https://www.amazon.com/Dancing-Demon-...


message 18: by Romy (new)

Romy I have removed Before I fall by Lauren Oliver for not meeting the criteria. It's an amazing book but not one that focuses on eating disorders.
Please stick to the theme when adding books.


message 19: by Allie (new)

Allie Hey y'all,

I just started a new book club called "Damage" under groups that you can join if you'd like! It focuses on reading a book every other month that is about physical, mental, emotional, or intellectual differences. (And yes, I redefine how "damage" should be viewed in the group description!) Hope you join!


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