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Bulimia Nervosa and Binge-Eating: A Guide to Recovery (Overcoming) Paperback – 15 Apr 1995


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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: New York University Press (15 April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814715230
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814715239
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.2 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,139,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Feb. 2003
Format: Paperback
I would recommend this book for bulimics who are serious about overcoming their eating problems. The first half of the book explains about why people binge eat/be sick so may help if a friend or someone reads it so they can try to understand how you feel. The second half of the book is a self help guide which you have to stick to day by day. It is about eating regularly and having organised, planned meals and snacks to stop the starve/binge etc cycle and accepting that if you eat "normally" like everyone else you will learn to eat sensibly without over-dosing on "forbidden" food. It slowly introduces forbidden food bit by bit into your diet so they are no longer forbidden and thus they don't feel so special anymore because they are in reach and you have a chance to say no to them if you don't want them.
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I would recommend this book to anyone I knew to be bulimic. 25 years ago Peter Cooper treated me for bulimia. I had suffered for 5 years and it took about 6 months to get over it. He was the third psychologist who treated me, so this wasn't a fluke or about me, his approach worked. There have been tough times since but his techniques worked and today I'm a normal shape and fairly normal about food -more so than most of my friends, at least.

I have read this book and it makes the process clear. It would be difficult on your own but anyone who is bulimic is definitely determined and tough - it is possible to recover and this book could show you how.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Feb. 2003
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This is useful for anyone who has eating problems which they want to give up. For straight-forward information it is also good, although is probably more written towards bulimics who are trying to stop. Still has some good information though.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Feb. 2002
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A cognitive-behavioural self-help [although it can be used with others like a friend or therapist] guide for people with bulimia or binge eating disorder. Very useful if you want to get better from one of these disorders, but you'll need to be motivated. But then if you are motivated enough then you can recover without this book. It might make it easier though. Otherwise it's also got some important information and warnings about the disorders. Like about brushing your teeth after vomiting and the instant death with bulimia thing.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
a no-nonsense guide to self-help 27 May 2002
By Ken Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Peter Cooper's book _Bulimia Nervosa and Binge-Eating_ is a no-nonsense guide to self-help for binge eaters and those suffering from bulimia.
First, Cooper defines bulimia nervosa and binge-eating. Then he goes into causes and effects. He explains the dangers and drawbacks of vomiting repeatedly and using laxatives. But that's just the first 1/3 of the book.
The rest of the book is a plan for recovering from bulimia and/or binge-eating. It's a step by step procedure... everything in it makes good sense and has been tested and tried by others before, with success. The plan is the best part of the book... the author sets forth a plan for recovery, including a plan for what to do if you feel like going on a binge.
Besides the plan, the author makes helpful points throughout the book, like:
about alcohol-- "if you drink excessively you will not be able to make full use of this program"
about overeating just once-- "no one meal can have a significant effect on your weight"
about how you're not alone-- "enlist the assistance (with the meal plan) of a close friend or relative"
about laxatives-- "laxatives are wholly ineffective as a method for losing weight or compensating for overeating"
about binging and its effect on weight -- "the number of calories absorbed from binges, even after vomiting, is greater than what would have been absorbed in a binge-free day during which normal meals and snacks would have been eaten"
about eating normal meals-- "it is usual that people who replace a pattern of dieting and binge-eating with regular meals do not gain weight."
The bottom line: this book by Peter Cooper is easy to use, and the points in it are sound, for those suffering from bulimia, binge-eating, even others who have unsound eating habits.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Not what I was looking for 12 Feb. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Whilst this book contained some good points, I felt that it left me alone too much especially in the first weeks. For me this disease is not as simple as just stopping from one day to another. I was hoping that it would give me some guidance as what to do when I was feeling like binging
3 of 14 people found the following review helpful
This book has changed my life around. 30 Mar. 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
If I could, I would thank everyone that is a part of writing
this book. I have recommended it to many people, hoping it will help them in their recovery. Thank You.
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