Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

Eating Disorder Service

Information for family and friends


On this page, you will find a list of resources that may be helpful for carers and for individuals suffering with eating problems.


  • Skills-based learning for caring for a loved one with an eating disorder – a guide for carers by Janet Treasure – a guide for carers about how best to support a loved one with an eating disorder
  • Helping a young person beat an eating disorder by Jim Lock. A practical book on how to help your young person recover from an eating disorder.
  • Anorexia and other eating disorders. How to help your child eat well and be well. By Eva Musby – a practical book written by a parent. 


  • The Royal College of Psychiatrists website includes readable, user-friendly and evidence-based information on various mental health problems, treatments and other topics, regularly updated by psychiatric experts.
  • Maudsley Parents, a website for parents of children with eating disorders.
  • NHS advice on eating disorders
  • Feast Ed is an international organisation of and for parents and caregivers to help loved ones recover from eating disorders by providing information and mutual support.
  • Nice Guidelines, which are the UK guidelines on assessment and treatment of an eating disorder.
  • Mind campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding in mental health, and aim to provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.


  • Overcoming Binge Eating by Christopher Fairburn – a self-help guide for people who think they might be binge eating.
  • The Overcoming Bulimia Workbook by McCabe, McFarlane and Olmsted – a self-help guide for individuals with symptoms of bulimia nervosa
  • Binge Control by Cynthia Bulik – a compact guide to understanding binge-eating disorder (BED)
  • Life Without Ed by Jennie Shaefer – a personal account of eating disorder recovery


  • b-eat is the UK’s leading charity supporting anyone affected by eating disorders or difficulties with food, weight and shape. They also have a section on book reviews.
  • Men Get Eating Disorders Too is a charitable organisation that seeks to raise awareness of eating disorders in men and to support sufferers, carers and their families.

Last updated: 2 April, 2019

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