Helpful Tools/Readings



F.E.A.S.T. Family Guides:

  • Port in a Storm: F.E.A.S.T. Family Guide to Eating Disorder Treatment (2014) to learn more about eating disorder levels of care and how to choose a treatment team for a loved one with an eating disorder.
  • Down the Rabbit Hole: F.E.A.S.T. Family Guide for Coming to Terms with a Loved One’s Eating Disorder,
  • Puzzling Symptoms: Eating Disorders and the Brain – F.E.A.S.T. Family Guide to the Neurobiology of Eating Disorders.

Recommended Reading:

  • Academy for Eating Disorders Report 2012 - Eating Disorders: Critical Points for Early Recognition and Medical Risk Management in the Care of Individuals with Eating Disorders.
  • Academy for Eating Disorders. The rights of carers in the treatment of eating disorders. Worldwide Charter for Action on Eating Disorders.  Alexander, J. (with Le Grange, D.). My kid is back: Empowering parents to beat anorexia nervosa. (2009). Melbourne University Press.
  • American Psychiatric Association (2006). Practice guidelines for the treatment of patients with eating disorders (3rd edition), In American Psychiatric Association Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders, (pp. 1097-1222), Washington, DC: Author. (
  • Bryant-Waugh, R., & Lask, B. (2004). Eating Disorders: A Parents' Guide. New York: Brunner-Routledge.
  • Fairburn, C. G. (2008). Cognitive behavior therapy and eating disorders. New York: The Guilford Press.
  • Friedman, S.S. (2000). When girls feel fat. Buffalo, New York: Firefly Books.
  • Haltom, C. (2004). A stranger at the table: Dealing with your child's eating disorder. Denton, Texas: RonJon Publishing, Inc.
  • Kater, K. (2004). Real kids come in all sizes: Ten essential lessons to build your child's body esteem. New York: Broadway Books.
  • Kelly, J. (2002). Dads and daughters. How to inspire, understand and support your daughter. New York: Broadway Books.
  • Le Grange, D., & Lock, J (2007). Treating bulimia in adolescents: A family-based approach. New York: The Guilford Press.
  • Lock, J., and Le Grange, D. (2004) Help your teenager beat an eating disorder. New York: The Guildford Press.
  • Lock, J., Le Grange, D., Agras, W.S., & Dare, C. (2001). Treatment manual for anorexia nervosa: A family-based approach. New York: The Guilford Press.
  • Maine, M. (2004). Father hunger: Fathers, daughters and the pursuit of thinness (2nd ed). Carlsbad, CA:Gurze Books
  • Miller, J.B., & Stiver, I.P. (1997). The healing connection: How women form relationships in therapy and in life. Boston: Beacon Press.
  • Miller, W.R., & Rollnick, S. (2002). Motivational interviewing: Preparing people for change. (2nd ed.). New York: Guilford Press.
  • Nappa-Bitter, C. (1998). Good enough. Penfield, New York: Hopelines.
  • Neumark-Sztainer, D. (2005). I'm, like, so fat! Helping your teen make healthy choices about eating and exercise in a weight-obsessed world. New York: The Guilford Press.
  • Prochaska, J.O., Norcross, J.C., DiClemente, C.C. (1994). Changing for good. New York: William Morrow
  • Sangster, C., & Alexander, J. (2012). Ed says U said: Eating disorder translator. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
  • Schaefer, J. & Rutledge, T. (2004). Life without ED. How one woman declared independence from her eating disorder and how you can too. New York, NY: McGraw Hill
  • Siegel, M., Brisman, J., & Weinshelm, M. (1997). Surviving an eating disorder: Strategies for family and friends. New York: Harper Perennial [a division of Harper-Collins, Publishers].
  • Smeltzer, D. & Smeltzer, A. L. (2006). Andrea's voice: Silenced by bulimia. Carlsbad, CA: Gurze Books.
  • Smith, G. (2007). Families, carers, and professionals: Building constructive conversations. West Sussex, England: John Riley & Sons
  • Tantillo, M. (2006). A Relational Approach to Eating Disorders Multifamily Therapy Group: Moving from Difference and Disconnection to Mutual Connection, Families, Systems, & Health, 24(1), 82-102.
  • Tantillo, M., Nappa Bitter, C., & Adams, B. (2001). Enhancing readiness for eating disorder treatment. A relational/motivational group model for change. Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention, 9, 203-216.
  • Tantillo, M., & Kreipe, R. E. (2011). Improving connections for adolescents across hi-intensity settings for the treatment of eating disorders. In D. Le Grange & James Lock (Eds.), Handbook of and treatment for children and adolescents with eating disorders (pp. 199-219). NY: The Guilford Press.  
  • Tantillo, M., & Kreipe, R. E. (2006). The impact of gender socialization on group treatment of eating disorders. Group: The Journal of the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society, 30.4, 281-306.
  • Tantillo, M., & Sanftner, J. L. (2010). Mutuality and Motivation: Connecting with Patients and Families for Change in the Treatment of Eating Disorders. In M. Maine & D. Bunnell, & B. McGilley (Eds.). Treatment of Eating Disorders: Bridging the Gap between Research and Practice (pp. 319-334).London, UK:Elsevier.
  • Tantillo, M., Sanftner, J., & Hauenstein, E. (2013). Restoring connection in the face of disconnection: An integrative approach to understanding and treating Anorexia Nervosa.  Advances in Eating Disorders: Theory, Research and Practice, Vol. 1, No. 1, 21-38.
  • Thompson, R.A., & Sherman, R. T. (2010). Eating disorders in sport. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Treasure, J., & Alexander, J. (2013). Anorexia Nervosa: A Recovery Guide for sufferers, families and friends. London: Routledge.
  • Treasure, J., Schmidt, U, & Macdonald, P. (2010). The Clinician's Guide to Collaborative Caring in Eating Disorders: The New Maudsley Method. London, UK: Routledge.
  • Treasure, J., Smith, G., & Crane, A. (2007). Skills-based learning for caring for a loved one with an eating disorder. London, England: Routledge.

Recommended Newsletter:

  • Eating Disorders Today:A newsletter for recovering individuals and their loved ones. Editor-in-chief: Joel Yager, MD. Quarterly newsletter. Subscription fee applies. Subscribe at