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Online resources for parents

A website created by parents who helped their child recover from an eating disorder using family-based treatment. Excellent compliation of information, videos, helpful instruction, and encouragement

Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders (F.E.A.S.T.), an international organization created by parents to provide information and support to other parents and caregivers helping loved ones recover from eating disorders

F.E.A.S.T. forum for parents of eating disordered children

The website of Laura Collins, author of Eating With Your Anorexic and parent who used family-based treatment with her daughter

Recommended books for parents


Help Your Teenager Beat An Eating Disorder

James Lock, MD, PhD & Daniel Le Grange, PhD


Feeding Your Anorexic Adolescent

Claire P. Norton


Brave Girl Eating

Harriet Brown


Eating With Your Anorexic: How My Child Recovered Through Family-Based Treatment and Yours Can Too

Laura Collins


My Kid is Back: Empowering Parents to Beat Anorexia Nervosa

June Alexander & Daniel Le Grange


Skills-Based Learning for Caring for a Loved One with an Eating Disorder: The New Maudsley Method

Janet Treasure, Grainne Smith, and Anna Crane

UCSD Intensive Family-Based Treatment Program


Many families cannot find eating disorder experts locally.  The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine offers a 5-day intensive family-based treatment program for adolescents and their families. Approximately 30 hours of treatment include medical examination, psychiatric evaluation, Maudsley based family therapy, systemic family therapy, contracting, psychoeducation, parent coaching, individual psychotherapy, and cognitive behavioral therapies. Families from all over the country attend this program. 


While not sufficent to alone address the life-threatening challenges of eating disorders, the program can provide familes a jump-start to their overall treatment plan.

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