Suggested reading and self-help resources

Please find a list of recommended self-help resources, including books and online forums below.

Self-help books (for sufferers):

Anorexia Nervosa:

  • ‘Anorexia nervosa: A recovery guide for sufferers, families and friends’, by Janet Treasure and June Alexander.

Bulimia Nervosa:

  • ‘Overcoming binge-eating’ (2nd edition), by Christopher G. Fairburn.
  • ‘Getting better bite by bite’, by Ulrike Schmidt and colleagues.


  • ‘Overcoming binge-eating’ (2nd edition), by Christopher G. Fairburn.

Negative body image:

  • ‘Overcoming body image problems’, by David Veale and colleagues
  • ‘The body image workbook’, by Thomas Cash.

Self-esteem and self-confidence:

  • ‘Boost your confidence’, by Melanie Fennell.


  • ‘Overcoming perfectionism’, by Roz Shafran and colleagues.

Managing difficult emotions:

  • ‘The dialectical behavior therapy skills workbook’, by Matthew McKay and Jeffrey C. Wood.

Recovery and well-being

  • ‘Maintaining recovery from eating disorders’, by Naomi Feigenbaum.

Self-help books (for carers):

  • ‘Skills-based learning for caring for a loved one with an eating disorder’: the new Maudlsey method by Janet Treasure, Grainne Smith and Anna Crane
  • Anorexia Nervosa: a survival guide for families, friends and sufferers by Jane Treasure.

General introductions to therapy

Cognitive behavioural therapy:

  • ‘The little CBT workbook’, by Michael Sinclair and Belinda Hollingsworth.

Cognitive analytic therapy:

  • ‘Change for the better’, by Elizabeth Wilde McCormick

Online self-help and forums (for sufferers and carers):

Contact details:

Address: Vincent Square Eating Disorder Service, 1 Nightingale Place, London SW10 9NG
Phone: 020 3315 2104

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