by Wendy Sterling and Casey Crosbie

For many people, thinking about food is just one small part of their day—but for those struggling with an eating disorder (ED), these thoughts take over and leave them desperately asking, “How can I eat normally again?”

Dietitians Wendy Sterling and Casey Crosbie have the answer: the Plate-by-Plate Approach®, a no-numbers, visual method that teaches readers how to restore their relationship with food using only a ten-inch plate. This approach works across all eating disorder diagnoses—in conjunction with medical and psychological treatment—and helps individuals:

  • Break free from the physical and psychological traps of an eating disorder
  • Learn how to plate meals and snacks without measuring or counting
  • Heal their relationship with their body and repair their body image
  • Eat flexibly, paving the way to intuitive eating and a renewed sense of joy around food.


Raising Body Positive Teens: A Parent’s Guide to Diet-Free Living, Exercise and Body Image  by Signe Darpinian, Wendy Sterling, and Shelley Aggarwal

In a world fraught with diet-culture and weight stigma, many parents worry about their child’s relationship with their body and food. This down-to-earth guide is an invaluable resource allowing parents to take proactive actions in promoting a friendship with food, and preventative actions to minimize the risk factors for the development of eating disorders, particularly when early signs of disordered eating, excessive exercise, or body dissatisfaction have been noticed. It provides clear strategies and tools with a practical focus to gently encourage parents and teens to have a peaceful relationship with food and exercise by centralizing joy and health. Coming from a therapist, a dietician, and an adolescent medicine physician, with insightful case studies from an array of young people from different backgrounds, this multidisciplinary author team delivers friendly, strategic guidance based in a wealth of expertise. Order now!


How to Nourish Your Child Through an Eating Disorder: A Simple, Plate-by-Plate Approach to Rebuilding a Healthy Relationship with Food by Casey Crosbie and Wendy Sterling

A revolutionary approach—rooted in nutrition—for parents desperate to help their child get through an eating disorder and eat normally again

Parents of kids who are struggling with an eating disorder (ED)—including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and many more that go undiagnosed—quickly find themselves at a loss as to how to feed their child and ensure they are receiving adequate nutrition. Now, registered dietitians Casey Crosbie and Wendy Sterling present their innovative and easy-to-implement visual approach that demonstrates balanced meals with the optimal ratio of nutrients—designed to set kids and teens on a path toward permanent recovery.  The“Plate-by-Plate Approach”is rooted in the leading psychological approach to ED, family-based treatment (FBT), which enables parents to treat their child at home rather than send them to an expensive in-patient program. Paired with therapy, this essential guide covers everything parents need to know about nutrition, plus the warning signs and potential health risks, how to talk about weight changes and set goals for treatment, and how to incorporate structure at mealtimes. Their approach, the“Plate-by-Plate Approach,” will be published in the Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics, in an article coming soon entitled, “The Use of the Plate-by-Plate Approach for Adolescents Undergoing Family-Based Treatment.” **Foreword by James Lock, MD, PhD, Director, Eating Disorder Program, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford and Neville H. Golden, MD, Chief, Division of Adolescent Medicine, The Marron and Mary Elizabeth Kendrick Professor of Pediatrics, Stanford University School of Medicine. The approach will be featured in a forthcoming article to appear in the Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics this fall.  Order your copy of “Now to Nourish Your Child Through an Eating Disorder” today!


No Weigh! A Teen’s Guide to Positive Body Image, Food, and Emotional Wisdom by Signe Darpinian, Wendy Sterling, and Shelley Aggarwal

This workbook has everything teens need to achieve connected eating, body positivity and balanced exercise. It will help them stay well informed about how bodies change emotionally and physically, and why good nutrition is critical for growth and development. It debunks any myths about diets and ‘forbidden’ foods and also gives you the tools and strategies to avoid potential triggers of disordered eating.  No Weigh! A Teen’s Guide to Positive Body Image, Food, and Emotional Wisdom is written by a therapist, an Adolescent Medicine doctor, and myself as the dietitian.  It will help teens develop a lifelong healthy relationship with your food. We eat every day, so why not eat with pleasure, joy and happiness? Order your copy of “No Weigh!” today


Sterling, WM, Crosbie, C., Shaw, N., Martin, S.  The Use of the Plate-by-Plate Approach for Adolescents Undergoing Family-Based Treatment. Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics, Volume 119, Issue 7,
July 2019, Pages 1075-1084. 
Click to read: JNAD Plate-by-Plate Approach and FBT

Aschettino-Manevitz DL, Ornstein RM, Meyer Sterling W, Kohn N, Fisher M. Triiodothyronine (T3) and metabolic rate in adolescents with eating disorders: Is there a correlation? Eat Weight Disord. 2012 Dec;17(4):e252-8.
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Kafantaris V, Leigh E, Hertz S, Berest A, Schebendach J, Sterling WM, Saito E, Sunday S, Higdon C, Golden NH, Malhotra AK. A placebo-controlled pilot study of adjunctive olanzapine for adolescents with anorexia nervosa. J Child Adolesc Psychopharmacol. 2011 Jun;21(3):207-12. Abstract here.

Meyer Sterling, W., Golden N., Jacobson, M., Ornstein, Hertz, S. Metabolic Assessment of Menstruating and Non-Menstruating Normal Weight Adolescents. Int J Eat Disord.
2009 Feb 26.
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Golden, NH, Jacobson, M., Sterling, WM, Hertz, S.
Treatment Goal Weight in Adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa: Use of BMI Percentiles. International Journal of Eating Disorders, Int J Eat Disord.
2008 Jan 4.
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Golden NH, Iglesias E, Jacobson MS, Carey D, Meyer W, Schebendach J, Hertz S, Shenker IR.
Alendronate for the treatment of osteopenia in anorexia nervosa: a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial. J Clin Endocrinol Metab.
2005 Mar 22 Click here to read PDF

Golden NH, Meyer W.
Nutritional rehabilitation of anorexia nervosa.
Goals and dangers. Int J Adolesc Med Health.
2004 Apr-Jun;16(2):131-44.
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