3 Great Self-Help Books for Body Image Issues, Eating Disorders, and Other Food Issues

Posted: May 19th, 2013 | Category: Eating Disorders | Tags: , , , ,

There are so many self-help books out there for eating and body image issues that it can be hard to know where to start. These are my top 3 books I recommend for people wanting help with these issues. 









Book #1:

Overcoming Binge Eating

Dr Christopher Fairburn

This is a tried and tested self-help book that talks you through step by step how to stop binge eating. The first half of the book gives you useful information about binge eating, which lots of people have told me they found so reassuring, finding out they’re not the only one who binges. The 2nd half of the book then introduces different strategies, with each one building on the one before. It’s really useful, and I regularly recommend it to my patients.

 Self help book for binge eating


Book #2:

8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder: Effective Strategies from Therapeutic Practice and Personal Experience

Carolyn Costin and Gwen Schubert Grabb

This is a great book, because both authors are therapists who have recovered from Eating Disorders themselves. They really understand what it’s like from the inside, and have good practical strategies to help overcome an Eating Disorder, as well as to work through the emotional process of recovery. It’s also really easy to read. There are assignments you can do throughout to make sure it’s personal and applicable for you, and can really help you change, not just learn more info.





Book  #3:

If not dieting, then what?

Dr Rick Kausman

There’s a lot of evidence showing that dieting doesn’t work, with most people re-gaining the weight they’ve lost from dieting, and often putting on more weight than what they started with. However, it’s still important for people who are overweight to change their eating patterns and develop a healthier relationship with food. This book gives you a different way of achieving that, rather than through dieting.




So those are my top 3. Feel free to send me an email (elizabeth@indepthpsychology.com.au) to let me know of any other books you’ve found to be good, or if you have any comments about these 3 books that I recommend.


I usually recommend seeing a therapist as well, to help work through issues with support and encouragement, and individual advice. Feel free to call 02 8068 4361 or fill in our contact form if you’d like to book an appointment with a Psychologist at Indepth Psychology.


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