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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 23 April 2014
This book is absolutely amazing.

I downloaded it a few weeks ago, after a particularly bad binge. I knew it was time to seek help, as diets weren't working, and hadn't been working for a long time. I read the first half of the book over the course of 4-5 days, and it was like it was written about me. I didn't know 'Binge Eating Disorder' was a recognized eating disorder; I hadn't even heard of it before. I thought I was just greedy and had zero willpower. This book made me realize that diets don't work for me (or anyone with this disorder), and that I now have the promise of a fresh new approach to finally tackling my binge eating for once and for all. But I also felt sad too. Sad that I had wasted so much of my life on stupid diets!

Last week, I started on the second half of the book, and Step 1 of the program. It involved monitoring everything I ate, times, places, feelings, weight, etc., and this was such an eye opener. I discovered triggers I didn't even know I had, what my main binge foods were, and also that short term binging didn't lead to weight gain for me. And because I had monitored myself religiously for the week, I felt ready to move onto Step 2.

I'm only a few days into this, and it is harder, so I'll be sticking with this for longer before I feel ready to move on to the next Step. Sometimes I feel empty, raw and without something to soothe myself - it's like someone took my comfort blanket away. But I also feel very hopeful for my future, thanks to this program. I just want to be able to to eat normally without worrying about every calorie I consume, and without my usual 'all or nothing' attitude, and I feel this book is already helping me immeasurably.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 11 August 2014
Quick delivery!

I have found this book very comforting and I no longer feel so alone and abnormal. I would recommend this book to anybody who has a problem with food!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 2 December 2013
Only the cheap thin cover with its determination to curl up on itself spoils this exceedingly good self help book.
I found it a great help in understanding my own relationship to food and dieting over the last 40 years. Cured - I hope so!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 19 August 2014
During and after reading this book, I was able to turn my life around with four sessions of seeing a specialist!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 29 November 2013
An excellent insight into why we overeat and a very useful guide to stopping it, so glad I found it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 February 2015
Also very helpful for anorexics! Helps you understand what triggers cravings and, although I knew I didn't have true medically termed 'binges' there are such things as subjective binges, when you go through ALL the same emotions even if you just ate a whole pack of raisins. This book really helped! Although I've found it helps to work through it with support of professionals.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 24 January 2014
A super book. Very readable. Backed up by evidence.

The first half of the book is theory-based, but written in a friendly manner, which shows that the author understands and cares about the sufferer. It is particularly helpful that he directly addresses and challenges common barriers to recovery and change.

The second half of the book is laid out as a self-help section, using the specialised CBT-E/CBT-BN that was developed and is used in Oxford. This provides a helpful section for sufferers with relatively mild problems to help themselves with the help of a supportive friend / family member / healthcare professional. For those with more severe problems, who need specialist medical / psychiatric input, this section is helpful for understanding the rationale for the treatment and therapy that they are receiving, and can be used as a "reference manual" alongside individual therapy.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 5 February 2014
This book is recommended by the professionals that deal with those who suffer from binge eating disorders ....A great program that will change your life.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 11 May 2015
This book is an invaluable companion to anyone seeking to understand and, as the title tells you, overcome binge eating. I have begun this at the recommendation of my therapist as a part of a guided self-help programme. If I say nothing else about this book, I will say please try this with no doubts. The book covers this expectation, but this book will not work if you are not 100% committed to changing the way you eat. If you follow every step with every conviction, you will see results. After years and years of suffering with anorexia, bulimia and binge-eating, I thought I would know everything there is about eating disorders. I was wrong. I also didn't think that I would be able to accomplish anything on my own. I was wrong about that too .

This book will help you, but only if you let it.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 21 October 2013
Great book, I'm working through it now with my psychotherapist and it is really good. It outlines everything and explains in detail. There's one section I don't like about the book and that is 'addiction to food', read it and see what you think.
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