The Mailbag: Eating Disorder Resources



Do you know of any doctrinally sound resources for dealing with eating disorders in a biblical way?

This is not my area of expertise, so I asked a theologically solid friend who is a certified biblical counselor, and who was gracious enough to point me in the right direction. I have not personally read any of these resources. As with any Christian resource, read discerningly, compare everything to Scripture, and reject anything that doesn’t line up with God’s word.

Eating Disorders:
The Quest for Thinness

by Ed Welch

ed welch

Love to Eat, Hate to Eat:
Breaking the Bondage of Destructive Eating Habits
by Elyse Fitzpatrick*

love to eat

Women Helping Women:
A Biblical Guide to Major Issues Women Face
Edited by Elyse Fitzpatrick* and Carol Cornish

women helping

This is a topical discipleship book which covers a
wide variety of issues including eating disorders.


Biblical Counseling Coalition has several resources on eating disorders.
(You may also wish to use their search bar for more specific terms,
such as “anorexia,” “bulimia,” etc.)


Christian Counseling and Education Foundation
has several resources on eating disorders.
(You may also wish to use their search bar for more specific terms,
such as “anorexia,” “bulimia,” etc.)

*I am recommending only these two resources from Elyse Fitzpatrick, and no others. Concerns have come to light about her theological trajectory in recent years (which I will address in another article). These are two of her older books.

If you have a question about: a well known Christian author/leader, a Bible passage, an aspect of theology, a current issue in Christianity, or how to biblically handle a family, life, or church situation, comment below (I’ll hold all questions in queue {unpublished} for a future edition of The Mailbag) or send me an e-mail or private message. If your question is chosen for publication, your anonymity will be protected.

2 thoughts on “The Mailbag: Eating Disorder Resources”

  1. This article is from 2016 and in it you say you plan to address difficulties with Elyse Fitzpatrick in another article. Nothing else on your site came up besides this when I searched her name. I came here when I saw someone in another group say they found error in one of her books other than the 2 you mention above. Can you tell me the status of that planned article?



    1. Hi Susan- I’m sorry, it has been a very busy year for me. I am still working on the article about Elyse, but from the research I’ve done so far, I can tell you that, while she may have been solid in the past, her current trajectory concerns me, and I cannot recommend her at this time. I would definitely not recommend her latest book, “Worthy: Celebrating the Value of Women.” Hope this tidbit helps a little until I’m able to get the article completed.


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