Surviving An Eating Disorder: Strategies for Family & Friends!

Michele Siegel, Ph.D., Judith Brisman, Ph.D., & Margot Weinshel, M.S.W.

Chosen by Eating Disorders Families Australia as one of the top ten books on eating disorders, Surviving an Eating Disorder: Strategies for Family and Friends (4th edition) is now updated with the latest information on what methods and practices work best for family and friends, helping readers take new actions that will encourage the recovery process. Now available from Harper Collins or Amazon!

Surviving an Eating Disorder: Strategies for Family and Friends (4th edition, 2021, Harper Perennial) became an instant success when it was first published in 1988. It was among the first books to alert America to the serious dangers of a silent but widespread disease, offering effective solutions and support for family and friends of those with eating disorders. Now, in its fourth edition, years after its first publication, the book continues to be a best-seller in its field, generating continued and ongoing interest from readers.

This revised edition is updated with the latest information on what methods and practices work best for family and friends, helping readers take new actions that will encourage the recovery process. Illustrated with case examples, the book explains what can be expected from the eating-disordered individual–and from family and friends who care. The authors discuss the psychological components of eating disorders, offer guidance for the latest treatments, and show how everyone involved can immediately be of help.

The newest edition recognizes the diversity in the population of those struggling with eating issues and appreciates and explains why change is hard for everyone involved.

With its combination of information, insight, and practical strategies Surviving an Eating Disorder allows family and friends, in the best ways possible, to set the stage for recovery now.


“Clear, wise, and eminently useful advice. This book offers solid and specific guidelines for understanding and change.” — Harriet Lerner, PhD, author of The Dance of Anger

“Deftly written, richly textured . . . Surviving an Eating Disorder is a wide-ranging and balanced book that offers a coherent guide for families and loved ones.” — Michael Strober, PhD, Franklin Mint Professor of Eating Disorders, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

“Surviving is richly respectful of patients and of their loved ones and is truly responsive to real-life situations and conflicts. It’s a wonderful resource that I highly recommend!” — Jennifer L. Gaudiani, MD, CEDS-S, FAED, founder and medical director of the Gaudiani Clinic and author of Sick Enough: A Guide to the Medical Complications of Eating Disorders

“Filled with years of wisdom and hands-on experience, Surviving gives concrete and thoughtful advice to you and your loved one when facing the inevitable challenges of an eating disorder. Keep this important book at your side for specific guidance and care to allow for the best possibility of change—both with the eating disorder and your relationship with the person you love.” — Jenni Schaefer, author of Life Without Ed, Almost Anorexic, and Goodbye Ed, Hello Me

“A significant and important update to a comprehensive gold standard book—bravo!” — Judith Ruskay Rabinor, author of A Starving Madness: Tales of Hunger Hope and Healing in Psychotherapy and The Girl in the Red Boots: Making Peace with My Mother

“Well-organized and extensive . . . reasonable and practical suggestions provide numerous insights into helpful changes which can be tried by parents, spouses, friends, and even the identified patient.” — Vivian Meehan, former president, National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders

“With clarity and compassion, Surviving an Eating Disorder provides much-needed advice for anyone with a loved one who’s struggling with food and weight. I highly recommend it.” — Ricki Lake

“The best answers to the hardest questions about eating disorders are found in this great book.” — Kristen Haglund, Miss America 2008