These books on how to help someone with eating disorders, can help anyone who is suffering from these misunderstood illnesses. Most anorexics are not starving themselves to ‘get attention’, and neither are bulimics. People who over-eat to obesity are not greedy, just usually hurting inside with deep emotional issues that need to be addressed.
It doesn’t help that our culture is based around calorie-counting, binge-eating, starving, anorexic-looking models and junk food. Instead, focusing on real food from ethical sources is key to helping to heal. More visiting local farm shops and discovering what real food is, and less on reading magazines that encourage an obsession with junk food.
- Hope Through Recovery is a book for anyone coping with an eating disorder. Hope Virgo offers practical and emotional tools for anyone who under-eats or over-eats (or has bulimia). Consultant psychiatrist Dr Chi-Chi Obuaya lends his clinical experience and knowledge, giving additional guidance throughout. Learn about the myths around eating disorders, and where you may be in your own recovery. She also covers how to cope with relapse. This is the book that Hope wished for when she was fresh out of hospital, and now offers her experience to help others.
- The Body Image Book for Girls is a book about loving yourself, and growing up fearless. What magazine has the right to tell you what you should look like? As long as you are healthy and happy, that’s all that matters. Dr Charlotte Markey (a psychology professor) helps girls 9 to 15 understand, accept and appreciate their bodies. She looks at why diets are bad news, how to deal with social media and everything in between. An easy-to-read and beautifully illustrated guide.
- Why You Eat What You Eat is an interesting book on how outside factors influence the food we eat. Rachel Herz uncovers how our belief about food affects the calories we burn, how TV alters how much we eat, and what we see and hear, changes how food tastes. She offers useful tips to avoid cravings, and shares how aromas can be used to curb overeating (do not use perfumes or essential oils around pets or young children, nor during pregnancy/nursing).
- Why Can’t You Year Me? is one woman’s story of her own recovery from anorexia nervosa, and borderline personality disorder. Having spent years in psychiatric hospitals, Gisel has learned that recovery often means the patient taking the decision to recover. But that decision does not have to be made alone: loved ones can offer the incentive needed, to help someone on the road to recovery. She explains that anorexia is no-one’s fault. It’s a psychiatric illness, with many misinterpretations that is passionate about dispelling.