Resources from: National Eating Disorder Association (

Self Help:


Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too by Jenni Schaefer and Thom Rutledge.

Goodbye Ed, Hello Me: Recover from Your Eating Disorder and Fall in Love with Life by Jenni Schaefer.

Eat, Drink and Be Mindful: How to End Your Struggle with Mindless Eating and Start Savoring Your Food With Intention by Susan Albers.

50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food by Susan Albers, PSY.D

The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Bulimia: A Guide to Breaking Free from Bulimia Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy by Emily K. Sandoz, PhD, Kelly G. Wilson, PhD, and Troy Dufrene.

The Diet Survivors Handbook: 60 Lessons in Eating, Acceptance and Self-Care by Judith Matz and Ellen Frankel.

Restoring Our Bodies, Reclaiming Our Lives by Aimee Liu.

Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program that Works, by Evelyn Tribole and Evelyn Resch. This book is helpful for people who struggle with binge eating or compulsive eating, or have been long-term dieters with minimal or no success.

Crave: Why You Binge Eat and How to Stop by Cynthia Bulik, PhD.

The Food and Feelings Workbook: A Full-Course Meal on Emotional Health by Karen R. Koenig.

Gaining: The Truth About Eating Disorders by Amiee Liu

Healing Your Hungry Heart : Recovering From Your Eating Disorder by Joanna Popoink

Moving Away From Diets: Healing Eating Problems and Exercise Resistance (2nd edition) by Nancy L. King, Karin Kratina and Dayle Hayes.

Web Resources:

National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA). This website has full and comprehensive information about the issue of eating disorders. For self-help and family info, we recommend:
Parent toolkit:

Family and Friends:


Give Food a Chance by Julie O’Toole.

The Parent’s Guide to Eating Disorders: Supporting Self-Esteem, Healthy Eating, and Positive Body Image at Home by Marcia Herrin Ed.D. M.P.H. R.D. and Nancy Matsumoto. This is helpful in understanding how children develop eating disorders, the treatment approaches, and how to support a child in treatment.

The Eating Disorders Sourcebook: A Comprehensive Guide to the Causes, Treatments, and Prevention of Eating Disorders by Carolyn Costin.

Eating With Your Anorexic Child: How My Child Recovered Through Family-Based Treatment and Yours Can Too by Laura Collins.

Feeding Your Anorexic Adolescent by Claire P. Norton.

Brave Girl Eating: A Family’s Struggle with Anorexia by Harriet Brown. This journalist shares the story of her daughter, and their use of the Maudsley family-supported approach to treating anorexia.

Help your Teenager Beat and Eating Disorder by James Lock, MD and Daniel Le Grange, PhD

If Your Adolescent Has an Eating Disorder: An Essential Resource for Parents by Timothy Walsh and V.L. Cameron.

When Dieting Becomes Dangerous: A Guide to Understanding and Treating
Anorexia and Bulimia by Deborah Michel and Susan Willard

Just Tell Her To Stop: Family Stories of Eating Disorders by Becky Henry

Help for Maine College Students

Most colleges in Maine have either a health center and/or a counseling center. If a student is concerned about eating or body image, the college health or counseling center may be a good place to get more information and help. If a more specialized or intensive treatment level is needed, the campus medical and mental health providers may refer the student to a local provider. The following is a listing of some of the campus health and counseling resources at Maine’s colleges.

Bowdoin College
Self-help and self-assessment info:
Counseling Center:

Colby College
Health and Counseling Center:

College of the Atlantic

Counseling Center:

Maine College of Art
Counseling Services:

Maine Maritime Academy
Student Health and Counseling Center:
St. Joseph’s College
Counseling Center:

Thomas College
Health Center: 
EAT WELL Team for support related to eating concerns:

University of Maine Augusta
Counseling Centers (Augusta and Bangor campuses):

University of Maine Farmington
Student Health Center:

University of Maine Fort Kent
Campus Health Center:

University of Maine Machias

Counseling Services:

University of Maine Presque Isle

Counseling Services (requires a MaineStreet portal account to log in for info):

University of New England
Counseling Center (Biddeford and Portland campuses): 
Student Health Center (Biddeford and Portland):

University of Southern Maine
Health and Counseling Center:

University of Maine, Orono
Self-help information: 
Counseling Center: