Nancy Kolodny, MA, MSW, LCSW has worked in the field of eating disorders for over 20 years as a therapist, writer, speaker, and client advocate.  Her areas of specialization are the prevention and treatment of eating problems and disorders, phase-of-life issues, and the challenges of family dynamics.  Her book, When Food’s a Foe, was released in three editions (Little Brown ’87, ’92, & ‘98) and was chosen by Booklist as a Young Adult Nonfiction “Editor’s Choice” for 1988.  She also coauthored Smart Choices: A Guide to Surviving at Home and in School, Dating and Sex, Dealing with Crises, Applying to College, and More (Little Brown ’86) and How to Survive Your Adolescent’s Adolescence (Little Brown ’84) which was selected as a resource by the National PTA and The March of Dimes, and by CBS Educational and Community Services.  Kolodny has developed and implemented educational programs and workshops within both the public and private sectors, has served as a media consultant, and has appeared on television and radio in connection with her books.  She has a private practice in Norwalk, CT, is listed in several “Who’s Who” volumes and is the mother of three adult daughters.

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Paperback, 228 pg, '04
Product Code: BGD
ISBN: 978-0-936077-45-1
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ISBN: 978-0-936077-70-3
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Beginner's Guide to ED Recovery

25th Anniversary Edition

Author: Nancy Kolodny, MSW, LCSW


Nancy Kolodny encourages both young men and women to take charge of their lives by learning about their eating disorders and starting a practical course of action. Included are special sections for athletes, romantic partners, tips for avoiding relapse, basic facts about nutrition, and the role of families in recovery.

The text, written in a conversational tone, is sprinkled with insights and inspiring quotes from the author's clients. This is a self-help guide in the truest sense because it places the primary responsibility for recovery in the hands of the individual, where lasting change must begin.


Part I – Eating Disorders Explained
1 – A Quick Peek at Eating Disorders
2 – Body-Image, Self-Image, and Self-Esteem
3 – When Habits Become Obsessions, Compulsions, or Addictions
4 – Straight Facts About Anorexia
5 – Straight Facts About Bulimia

Part II - Eating Disorders Recovery
6 – First Steps Towards Recovery
7 – Coming Out
8 – What to Expect in Therapy
9 – Choosing a Therapist
10 – Working with a Nutritionist
11 – Sustaining Recovery
12 – Helping Someone with an Eating Disorder

Definitions of Eating Disorder
Suggested Reading and Sources Cited


“I am a mother of a daughter who is receiving help for her eating disorder. She has Anorexia. The Beginners Guide is probably one of the best books I have read so far, and I have read quite a few. It is up to date [and] is written in a way that is so easy to understand. She ends every chapter with a 10 to 12 point summary of the chapter you have just read. I encourage anyone, parents, relatives, friends, teachers, and boyfriends to read this book. One may never ever know what it feels like to be a disordered eater, but you can learn to understand why, where, how an eating disorder comes about. I encourage anyone to read this book... It has helped me so much to understand this terrifying disorder and help me to be the best support I can be for my daughter. She must want to get better and this book helps me to understand how I can be the best support to help her get better. Please read this book.”
Julie, mother of a recovering anorexic

Written by a licensed clinical social worker who has specialized in the field of eating disorders for over 20 years, The Beginner's Guide To Eating Disorders Recovery is a fact-filled guide that covers basic information about anorexia and bulimia, the first steps to recovery, choosing a therapist and working with a nutritionist, basic considerations that romantic partners of people with eating disorders need to know, and much more. A practical, straightforward, easy-to-follow primer and a "must-read" for anyone who is concerned about eating disorders observed in a friend or a loved one.”
Midwest Book Review, Oregon, WI