Patients with eating disorders frequently feel that they aren’t "sick enough" to merit treatment, despite medical problems that are both measurable and unmeasurable. They may struggle to accept rest, nutrition, and a team to help them move towards recovery. Sick Enough offers patients, their families, and clinicians a comprehensive, accessible review of the medical issues that arise from eating disorders by bringing relatable case presentations and a scientifically sound, engaging style to the topic. Using metaphor and patient-centered language, Dr. Gaudiani aims to improve medical diagnosis and treatment, motivate recovery, and validate the lived experiences of individuals of all body shapes and sizes, while firmly rejecting dieting culture.

Book Update | April 2019:

Due to formulation integrity, Visbiome is now Dr. Gaudiani’s recommended probiotic. She no longer recommends VSL #3. Dr. Gaudiani has no financial interest in any supplement or medication.

“In writing this book, I hope to establish that anyone with an eating disorder is sick enough to seek help.”
— Jennifer L. Gaudiani, MD, CEDS, FAED


  • Individuals struggling with an eating disorder

  • Eating disorder-recovered individuals with continued medical complications/issues

  • Individuals with a history of dieting

  • Parents and loved ones of individuals affected by an eating disorder

  • Clinical specialists of all disciplines (e.g., therapists, dietitians, social workers, physical and occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, nurses, advanced practitioners)

  • Physicians of all specialties (e.g., psychiatry, internal medicine, pediatrics, OBGYN, endocrinology, gastroenterology, sports medicine, etc.)

  • Athletic trainers and coaches

  • Social justice advocates

  • Health At Every Size® specialists

  • Journalists reporting on eating disorders, issues surrounding weight, mental health, etc.

“...this book will save lives.”
— Margo Maine, PhD, FAED, CEDS, Eating disorders specialist and author

“Dr. Gaudiani in print, as in life, delivers passion, grace, intelligence and hope...”
— Scott Moseman, MD, CEDS, Medical Director - Laureate Eating Disorders Program

“...the go-to resource on the medical complications of eating disorders.”
— Lauren Muhlheim, PsyD, FAED, CEDS-S, Psychologist at Eating Disorder Therapy LA, and author, When Your Teen Has an Eating Disorder: Practical Strategies to Help Your Teen Recover from Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating