• BEAT is the UK charity for Eating Disorders with information, support groups and more:
    • SOLACE is a free, online support group offered by BEAT for anyone supporting someone with an eating disorder. There are 7 sessions per week that run at various times to suit all and each session is booked individually so carers/loved ones can attend regularly with the same group or as a one off.
      • Sessions are facilitated by an eating disorder clinician and often have “experts by experience” to discuss their recovery from an eating disorder and offer hope. Sessions include discussions led by parents and carers around setting boundaries, supporting mealtimes, and supporting change.
      • There is no need for a referral, parents, carers and loved ones can book directly via the website: Solace (

For Caregivers:

  • Carer Support Group
    If you are a family member/carer of someone accessing support from NELFT Eating Disorder Service we are here to support you. Our Carer Support Group is a space to talk with other carers and to think about the impact of the eating disorder on you. This virtual group runs approximately every 6 weeks, is 75 minutes long, and open to all carers across the life span. Please contact EDS admin if you are interested in attending.
  • – This website has lots of resources specifically for caregivers, and is based on Emotion Focused Family Therapy which aims to support caregivers in having a significant role in supporting their loved one’s mental health and wellbeing
  • Who Is Affected by Eating Disorders?
  • Disordered Eating:
  • Caring Less About Your Looks – – This is a self-help workbook designed to help understand the factors that keep you overly focused on your appearance, and introduces strategies to lessen the impact of appearance concerns on day to day life. It is organised into modules that are designed to be worked through in sequence.


  • Overcoming Binge Eating: The Proven Program to Learn Why You Binge and How You Can Stop by Christopher Fairburn (2013) ISBN: 978-1572305618. This is the book that we use commonly in our service to treat Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder.
  • Beating your Eating Disorder: A Cognitive-Behavioural Self-Help Guide for Adult Sufferers and their Carers by Glen Waller, Victoria Mountford, Rachel Lawson, Emma Gray, Helen Cordery and Hendrik Hinrichsen (2010) ISBN: 978-0521739047
  • Bulimia Nervosa: A Self Help Cognitive Therapy programme for Clients by Myra Cooper, Gillian Todd & Adrian Wells (2000) ISBN: 978-1853027178
  • Bulimia: A Guide for Family and Friends by Roberta Trattner Sherman & Ron Thompson (1996) ISBN: 978-0787903619
  • A Cognitive-Interpersonal Therapy Workbook for Treating Anorexia Nervosa: The Maudsley Model Paperback – Illustrated, 31 Oct. 2018 by Ulrike Schmidt (Author), Helen Startup (Author), Janet Treasure (Author)
  • Collins-Donnelly, K. (2014). Banish Your Body Image Thief: A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbook on Building Positive Body Image for Young People. Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Skills-based Caring for a Loved One with an Eating Disorder: The New Maudsley Method by Janet Treasure,
  • Understanding Your Eating: How to Eat and Not Worry About It by Julia Buckroyd (2011) ISBN: 978-0335241972

Crisis support:

Practical Guides for Related Symptoms:

  • Overcoming Low Self-Esteem by Dr Melanie Fennell (2009) ISBN: 978-1849010689
  • The Compassionate Mind by Paul Gilbert (2010) ISBN: 978 - 1849010986 
  • Overcoming Body Image Problems including Body Dysmorphic Disorder by David Veale, Rob Wilson and Alex Clarke (2009) ISBN: 978-1845292799
  • Self Compassion by Kristin Neff (2011) ISBN: 978-1444738179


  • Brave Girl Eating: The Inspirational True Story of One Family’s Battle with Anorexia by Harriet Brown (2011). ISBN: 978-0749955182
  • When Anorexia Came to Visit: Families Talk About How an Eating Disorder Invaded Their Lives by Bew Mattocks (2013) ISBN: 978-0957511842
  • A Girl Called Tim: Escape from Eating Disorder by June Alexander (2014) ISBN: 978-1742570792
  • Weighing It Up by Ali Valenzuela (2009) ISBN: 978-0340988404
  • Please eat…: A Mother’s Struggle to Free Her Teenage Son from Anorexia by Bev Mattocks (2013) ISBN: 978-0957511804
  • Gaining: The Truth about Life After Eating Disorders by Aimee Liu (2007) ISBN: 978-0446577663
  • Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain by Portia de Rossi (2011) ISBN: 978-0857204110
  • Pointe by Brandy Colbert (2016) ISBN: 978-9876128919
  • Just Listen by Sarah Dessen (2007) ISBN: 978-0141322919
  • Elena Vanishing by Elena and Clare B. Dunkle (2015) ISBN: 978-1452121512
  • Stick Figure by Lori Gottlieb (2009) ISBN: 978-1439148907
  • Skinny by Ibi Kaslik (2007) ISBN: 978-0802797384