Do you struggle with binge eating? Do you feel out of control around food? Well, if you struggle with these issues, these are the four best binge eating books you can read.
If you struggle with regular binge eating and a bad relationship with food, I highly suggest purchasing these books and giving them a read.
These best binge eating books may be the one thing you need to finally heal your relationship with food!
The 4 Best Binge Eating Books
1. Overcoming Binge Eating by Christopher Fairburn
This is a great resource for anyone who struggles with binge eating, binge eating disorder, or bulimia. The author lays out a evidence based self help program to help you recover from binge eating without having to pay for dietitians and therapists to guide you.
This can be a great budget option for those who cannot afford therapy. The book is very easy to understand and isn’t muddied with complicated therapy terms and definitions.
If I could recommend just one book to someone who struggles with binge eating, I would definitely recommend this one. If you are continuing to struggle with binge eating even after reading this book and completing the self help program, I would suggest checking out the rest of the books in this article.
2. Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch
This book was the book that helped me recover from my disordered eating back in college. Intuitive eating has almost been made a “trendy” diet fad, with many misunderstanding what the true principles of it are.
While people may just think that intuitive eating means eating when you are hungry and eating whatever you want. While this is one small part of it, it actually includes ten principles which address diet culture, managing your cravings, emotional eating, mindful eating and body image.
This book is a great choice for chronic dieters who experience occasional binge eating. This may be less helpful for those with an eating disorder who may need a more specialized program with supervision.
I would highly suggest checking out this book, just to see what it’s about. You may be shocked at the information you learn!
3. Getting Better, Bite By Bite by Ulrike Schmidt
This book provides another wonderful self help program for those who struggle with binge eating, binge eating disorder and bulimia. The author uses evidence based strategies to help readers overcome binge eating and feel normal around food again.
They address body image issues, emotional trauma and undereating as a root of binge eating. They also help you overcome these issues in hopes of stopping your binge eating at its source.
Similar to Overcoming Binge Eating, this book uses simple terms and verbiage to make it easy to understand for the average reader, which is always a plus!
4. The DBT Solution to Emotional Eating by Debra Safer
Sometimes the typical therapy for binge eating disorder and bulimia aren’t effective. Of course, everyone is different and you may need extra support or different methods to overcome binge eating issues.
Well, if you fall into this category, this book can help you! This book especially addresses the emotional eating side of binge eating. While binge eating is typically caused by a mix of undereating, chronic dieting, food rules, and body image, emotional distress can play a huge role.
This book dials in on how binge eating is caused by emotional distress and how to overcome this to stop binge eating. Definitely worth a read if emotional eating is your root cause of binge eating.
Final Thoughts: Best Binge Eating Books
Books and self help programs can be a great way to treat binge eating without having to pay for expensive therapy and treatment.
If you struggle with binge eating and don’t know where to start, I would suggest reading some of these books to see if they help.
After reading these books, if you still feel like you need additional help, I would suggest seeking out an eating disorder specialist and getting more personalized help.
This is a great website to help you seek out eating disorder help: NEDA. But I also suggest you speak to your primary care provider to get a referral out the eating disorder specialists in your area.