February is Eating Disorders Awareness Month. You may be suffering or you may know someone else who is struggling, because as many as 20 million women and 10 million men experience an eating disorder at some point in their lives (Wade, Kelski-Rahkonen, & Hudson, 2011). Please check out some of the resources on our main page, take the confidential 3-minute screening offered by the National Eating Disorders Association, or find someone to talk to.
We have a variety of books on the subject, both fiction and nonfiction, too:
Believarexic by J. J. Johnson: Following 15-year-old Jennifer’s journey through eating disorder treatment, complete with parents who don’t think she has a problem, fellow patients, and letters to her future, recovered self.
Perfect by Natasha Friend: After being ratted out by her annoying little sister, Isabelle is forced to go to group therapy for her eating disorder. She’s shocked to discover, Ashley, the prettiest, most “well-adjusted” girl in her grade there, then more surprised to find out what they have in common.
Life Without Ed by Jenni Schaefer: A series of short chapters encouraging the reader to see their eating disorder as an abusive boyfriend named “Ed,” or a separate identity entirely. With information about the author’s own journey to recovery and advice for many different situations that can arise during recovery.
Pointe by Brandy Colbert: Theo’s recovery may be put at risk when her oldest friend, kidnapped years ago, returns home with a secret. And the truth may put Theo’s life, health, and future ballet career at risk.
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson: Told in sparse prose, this novel tells of Lia’s hard-won battle from sickness back to life after years spent competing with her best friend Cassie over who could be the skinniest…and after Cassie dies. A chilling read.