Essential reading and resources

Supportive video links (available via You Tube)

Explaining family based treatment

Explaining Family Based Treatment and Its Evidence by BrainFit 

This video provides an overview of Family-Based therapy, which is the NICE guideline recommended treatment for young people with Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa

Supporting meal times

Meal support and coaching by KeltyMentalHealth- this is a playlist of videos and the Eating Disorders Meal Support: Helpful Approaches for Families is especially useful

When your child refuses to eat by Kelty mental health 

Help your child eat with trust, not logic: the bungee jump (Anorexia and other eating disorders) by Eva Musby

Stuck & not eating! Anorexia/eating disorders: parents’ meal support tips. by Eva Musby  

Understanding the biology of eating disorders

Eating Disorders from the Inside Out: Laura Hill at TEDxColumbus by TEDx Talks

Distress tolerance skills

FEAST of Knowledge 2020 - 02 Distress Tolerance  by F.E.A.S.T. Videos (Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders 

Recovered voice

"What if" I Actually Recovered? | Rebecca Leung | TEDxYouth@AISHK by TEDx Talks 

After anorexia: Life’s Too Short to Weigh your Cornflakes | Catherine Pawley | TEDxLeamingtonSpa by TEDx Talks 


Rethinking anxiety: Learning to face fear | Dawn Huebner TEDxAmoskeagMillyardWomen  by TEDx talks 

Recommended books

Surviving FBT by Maria Ganci: a short, easy read skills manual for parents undertaking Family Based Treatment (FBT) for Child and Adolescent Anorexia Nervosa. (Please be mindful that we do not recommend the meal plan section, and for meal planning and advice, please refer to the nutritional information section within this website).

Help your teenager Beat an Eating Disorder (2nd Edition) by James Lock and Daniel Le Grange

For more general advice and skills

Skills Based Caring for a Loved one with an Eating Disorder by Janet Treasure, Grainne Smith and Anna Crane.

Supportive websites and online support groups

Beat Eating Disorders

BEAT is a UK charity supporting you and your young person who is suffering from an eating disorder. services they offer include helplines, online support groups, information resources and training. 

FEAST: Families Empowered And Supporting Treatment for Eating Disorders

FEAST is a global network community of and for parents. It provides support and  education on a wide range of topics to support eating disorder recovery. offer a free ‘First 30 days’ course, which follows the FBT approach and aims to “Transform parents into empowered caregivers in 30 days.”

Carers receive daily email contact to support them with caring for their loved one with an eating disorder and it links them into a support network.


Virtual Hopebox 
  • NHS app for mental health and wellbeing uses principles of CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy)
  • distraction techniques, inspirational quotes, relaxation techniques and coping tools.
  • mindfulness/meditation
  • monthly fee - but free trial and free with Spotify Premium for students.
  • meditation, improve sleep and reduce anxiety
  • free to download, however costs associated with a subscription service for some elements. 
Smiling Minds:
  • mindfulness and meditation app
  • free of charge.
Information for parents