Eating and Eating Disorders (EDs)

Information & Educational Resources

National Institute of Mental Health: Eating Disorders 
Information about Eating Disorders, including causes, signs & symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis, and treatments.  Includes information about clinical trials.

National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) has a great deal of information under the "Learn" tab: including types and symptoms of EDs, health concerns, statistics, contributing factors and prevention, treatment, recovery, etc.

Also see Eating and Eating Disorders in Education and Professional Development, MHAP

Prevention and Early Intervention Programs

NEDA on the topic of ED prevention

Cash, T., & Smolak, L. (2011).  Body image: A handbook of science, practice, and prevention (2nd ed.).  NY: Guilford.

Levine, M.P., & Smolak, L. (2006). The prevention of eating problems and eating disorders: Theory, research,and practice. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Neumark-Sztainer D. (2005).  Can we simultaneously work toward the prevention of obesity and eating disorders in children and adolescents? International Journal of Eating Disorders, 38, 220-227.

Smolak, L., & Thompson, J.K. (2009).  Body image, eating disorders, and obesity in youth: Assessment, prevention, and treatment (2nd edition).  Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Stice, E., Shaw, H., & Marti, C. N. (2007). A meta-analytic review of eating disorder prevention programs: progress at last. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 3, 233-57

Treatment Programs

NEDA on the topic of ED treatment

CRC Health Group: to search for a residential or outpatient treatment program

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Emotional Brain Training, particularly for the treatment of binge eating and obesity

Hypnotherapy for help with overeating

Overeater's Anonymous, a 12-step peer based support group, is helpful for some people with problems of overating

Self-Help Resources


Costin, Carolyn, The Eating Disorders Sourcebook: A Comprehensive Guide to the Cuases, Treatmetns, and Prevention of Eating Disorder, McGraw-Hill, 2006

Jonston, Anita A., Eating in the Light of the Mood: How Women Can Transform Their Relationship with Food Through Myths, Metaphors, and Storytelling, Gurze Books, 2000

Roth, Geneen has a series of helpful books focused on emotional and compulsive eating, such as Breaking Free from Emotional Eating. See her her hompage: Geneen Roth on

Schaefer, Jenni, Goodbye Ed, Hello Me: Recover from Your Eating Disorder and Fall in Love with Life, McGraw-Hill, 2009


My Body Screening offers self-assessment for eating disorders


THIN-- Eating Disorders: Thin (parts 1 through 11), directed by Lauren Greenfield and distributed by HBO, is an exploration of The Renfrew Center in Coconut Cree, Florida: a 40-bed residential facility for the treatment of women with eatin gdisorders. The film mostly revolveds around four women with anorexia nervosa and/or bulimia and their struggles for recovery.

EDNOS: Most Dangerous, Unheard of Eating Disorder: an 8 minute segment procued by ABC News

Eating Disorders Documentary, about 11 minutes, published on May 20, 2012

Using DBT for Emotional Eating

Eating / Nutrition Video Channel by Health Guru

Eating Disorder Video Channel by Health Guru

Eating Disorder Video Channel on YouTube

Also see videos under Education and Professional Development for Eating Disorders

Information and Referral Helpline

NEDA's Helpline is available M-F from 9 am to 5 pm Easter Time: 800-931-2237

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