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Emotional Eating: What You Need to Know Before Starting Your Next Diet: What You Need to Know Before Starting Your Diet Paperback – 30 Jan 1998


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; New edition edition (30 Jan 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078794047X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787940478
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 1.4 x 21.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,340,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This pioneering book gives individuals the tools they need to take charge of their emotions . . . and effectively manage their weight. Highly recommAnded." (John P. Foreyt, Ph.D., director, Nutrition Research Clinic, Baylor College of Medicine) "Anyone who has struggled with eating and weight will feel empowered by Abramson′s emphasis on self–determination. . . . Emotional Eating is a very important addition to the bibliotherapy library." (BrAnda L. Wolfe, Ph.D., director, Research/Client Relations, Jenny Craig, Inc.)

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Read this book before you start your next diet There is nothing emotionally neutral about eating. Food and feelings are so powerfully intertwined that depression, anxiety, boredom, and loneliness can transform a harmless nosh into an out–of–control binge. How can you lose weight when your emotions keep getting in the way? Dr. Edward Abramson has developed a proven plan that can help almost anyone get off the endless roller coaster of emotional eating and learn how to take control. Based on solid scientific studies and clinical research, Emotional Eating reveals how to end destructive eating habits by learning to identify individual emotional triggers and develop healthy alternative behaviors. Written for anyone who has tried to diet and failed, the book is filled with practical techniques and self–scoring assessment tests that will help to end the destructive cycle of emotional eating. “This pioneering book gives individuals the tools they need to take charge of their emotions…and effectively manage their weight. Highly recommended.” —JOHN P. FOREYT, PHD, director, Nutrition Research Clinic, Baylor College of Medicine “Anyone who has struggled with eating and weight will feel empowered by Abramson???s emphasis on self–determination…. Emotional Eating is a very important addition to the bibliotherapy library.” —BRENDA L. WOLFE, PHD, director, Research/Client Relations, Jenny Craig, Inc. Emotional Eating was a Book of the Month Club Featured Alternate Selection and has been highlighted in The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Reader’s Digest, Smithsonian, and The Washington Post .

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By I. Horswell VINE VOICE on 23 April 2003
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I realised a long time ago that diets didn't work for me - like many of you, I knew exactly what I needed to eat to get and stay slim. Yet I overate regularly and often felt compelled to chose less healthy options.
I knew something was going on in my head that I just couldn't identify. I was using food in the same way as others use cigarettes, alcohol or drugs to celebrate, to comiserate, because I was lonely, because I was tired, when I was anxious..the list goes on.
Through this book I've recognised these patterns but more importantly sorted out the REAL ISSUES rather than just applied a "food" patch to take away the sensation.
I'm not huge - perhaps a stone overweight but my focus on food/weight/diets had been the centre of my life for years. This book has given me hope that I can put it back where it belongs - a natural function like sleeping.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
I really liked this book- 8 Jun 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I really liked this book-I gave it 5 stars. I don't have an eating disorder, but I have been a yo-yo dieter for more than 20 years. After reading Emotional Eating, I think I've figured out why I have had some success dieting but then get frustrated and give up. I've tried a few of the ideas in the book, and so far, I like the results. I recommend it highly to anyone who is concerned about their weight and might be using food to deal with their emotions.
29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Good introduction to understanding eating disorders 21 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book serves as a good introduction to making to reader understand the basic mechanisms of common eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia and compulsive eating, although not much detail is given for each disorder. It focuses on how an emotional eater should identify her/his emotions before deciding to eat, and how to deal with the emotions. Although this book alone would probably not be of great help for people who are seriously stricken with eating disorders, it gives the reader an incentive to seek further help and to avoid self-blame and self-abuse.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Great Book 11 Nov 2005
By DaRRen - Published on Amazon.com
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It is written on an intellectual level. Some of the other leading books in this area are watered-down to appeal to mass audiences. This book combines mass appeal with good, thoughtful counseling. It really makes you think about WHY you eat (or don't eat). It also acknowledges that a combination of physical and emotional factors might be at play in your life; so it is doesn't try to explain it all based on psychology. Abramson identitifies the following situations as ones that most commonly lead to binge eating: depression, anxiety, loneliness, boredom, and anger (expressed and unexpressed). These really resonated with me. He offers some techniques for dealing with these emotional states. As someone else said, this is a start, but will not solve all of your problems. I think it is a great addition to a treatment plan.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A very helpful guide to putting eating perspective. 29 Jan 1999
By Mary (marjer@tco.net) - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this book provided practical advice for understanding the emotional content of eating and for learning to deal with these feelings more directly. It helps you to define your personal eating patterns and provides guidance in changing those patterns. Dr. Abramson does not dictate what you must do but aids you in taking control for yourself. It was pivotal to my recovery from emotional eating.
easy read 7 Oct 2013
By AbCab - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I read it in two hours. I can see why so many people are linking it to eating disorders, but I think it is more about looking at eating patterns, and it makes great links for me. Read it when you have the time.
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