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Breaking Free from Emotional Eating There is an end to the anguish of emotional eating -- and this book explainshow to achieve it. Geneen Roth, whose Feeding the Hungry Heart and When FoodIs Love have brought understanding and acceptance to tens of thousands ofreaders over the last two decades, here outlines her proven program forresolving the conflicts at the root of overeating. Using simple techniquesdeveloped in her highly succes... Full description

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131 of 132 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Oct. 2004
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This book has been so helpful to me. I feel my life is changing overnight. Or at least my relationship with my appetite. Geneen Roth's writing is tender, funny, loving and very informative. She believes it is essential to discover (or re-discover) your physical hunger and also that feeling of having had enough and gives practical help on how to do it. It works and I feel more in touch with my body than I have done for years. There are also other chapters on applying what you've learnt to difficult situations such as visiting parents, parties and passing on healthy eating behaviour to our own children. I would highly recommend this to anyone who knows their relationship with food is an emotional, difficult one.
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83 of 86 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Sept. 2005
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This is a beautifully written easy-to-read book about a very painful subject. It is, however, the most honest book on this subject that I have ever read. Geneen Roth really knows what it is like to be fat. She has been there and done it and so her advice is entirely from the heart. I am prepared to believe that this works. If you read this book you need never walk to the fridge in a trance again in the middle of the night hoping to fill the hollow inside you. Fantastic.
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By dorothee on 15 Feb. 2005
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This book is clever, funny and above all, really helpful to anyone who considers food an issue.it is packed with information on your relationship to your body and why dieting doesn't work.Learn to rediscover yourself and your true needs and you won't ever need to diet again!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A. J. REAY on 4 Jun. 2008
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I cannot rate this book and in fact all of Geneen Roth's books too highly. Just when you think that you are being driven crazy by the diet-binge-diet cycle, just when you think you are the only person who is suffering from this nightmare, along comes Geneen. As she says there is nothing that she can hear about emotional eating that doesn't match the despair she went through before she said 'enough is enough.' I feel liberated and inspired by her writing and much calmer and have a much better relationship with food now than ever before. Pleae be aware that the changes that Geneen talks about will take time and loads of patience so don't expect instant results. But when the results both physically and mentally do come they are well worth waiting for.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Ally on 11 Aug. 2007
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I bought this book on the recommendations of the previous reviewers and weren't those people right! It is a very honest but funny account of 'emotional eating' that you cannot help but relate to, if you struggle with this - but the most important thing is how much sense it makes - no ambitious ideas, just straight forward 'back to basics' that simply require you to dig a little deeper inside yourself, not your purse for changes. I think there is a lesson in this book for all of us, regardless of our size, to be a bit kinder and more forgiving to ourselves. Buy this - you will not be sorry!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Steph on 15 Jan. 2014
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On account of all the positive reviews I had high expectations of this book. Sadly I was disappointed.

Ms Roth does have good insight into the psychology of a compulsive eater, however her method of resolving the problem leaves a lot to be desired.

Firstly all food is permissible. Making food off limits is discouraged because it sets up a craving for that food. So far so sensible - after all, all foods are fine in moderation. However moderation is not encouraged. Instead you keep eating your craved foods until the craving burns itself out. Ms Roth ate raw cookie dough for three meals a day for a whole month before she got fed up of it! This advice is not good for anyone's health and particularly bad for those suffering complications of obesity such as Diabetes or Hypercholesaemia. I am pre-diabetic with high cholesterol and am somewhat reluctant to abuse my body with high fat/sugar foods for a prolonged period just because a craving has hit me.

Once you have burned out your cravings you are supposed to feel liberated and start to desire a wider range of healthier foods. During this period it is very important that you eat exactly what you fancy. This means you must shop by the day. You must also eat at exactly the times you feel like it...

At this point I stopped reading. This is great advice if you are single, childless and work from home. Then you can eat what you please, shop by the day and choose the times at which you eat. I am married with 2 children. I have to consider the food preferences of 3 other people and plan our meals the day before. I cannot afford to eat steak every day, as I would desire. Neither can I sit down and tuck into a plate of food at the time of my choice as I am busy chasing around after children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rozzie on 5 Aug. 2013
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The book is aimed at EMOTIONAL EATING and this is when your eating gets beyond your control. Food is used as comfort, security, to relieve boredom, as self-harm, etc.
This book was very helpful for me, it was recommended to me by a psychologist. It helps you understand that the way you look does not define you as a person. From using this book I found that I was able to tackle the route of the problem and as a result I am becoming healthier. I am beginning to become more relaxed about food, which is wonderful after 20 years of struggle.
This book has guided me on GAINING CONTROL of my eating. I would highly recommend this book for those who find that they are emotional eating. This is NOT a diet book.
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