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29 Oct 2009 Overcoming
As many as one in 20 women in the western world suffer bouts of uncontrolled binge-eating. Going without food for long periods, making yourself vomit and taking laxatives you don’t need are also common and are symptoms of bulimia nervosa. Such illness costs lives if not successfully treated. Now in its second edition, Peter Cooper’s sympathetic and highly acclaimed guide gives a clear explanation of the disorder and the serious health issues that can result from it. He describes the treatments available today and, most importantly, sets out a self-help guide for those who want to tackle their difficulties for themselves, with a step-by-step programme. This is a real chance for sufferers to take the road to recovery, and will give their friends and family a much clearer understanding of the illness and its remedy.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (29 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849010757
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849010757
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I would recommend this book to anyone with bulimia nervosa. (Sally Burne, The British Dietetic Association)

Written in a language that is both clear and pragmatic.... It is eminently readable by patients and will serve as an invaluable aid to treatment. (Michael Strober, Professor and Director of the Eating Disorders Program, UCLA)

Peter Cooper is one of the world's experts in the treatment of bulimia. His book...represents a substantial advance in providing help to individuals with eating disorders. (Professor B. Timothy Walsh, Director of the Eating Disorders Research Unit, New York State Psychiatric Unit)

A really helpful and practical way of tackling the enormous task of giving up bulimia. (Eating Disorders Association)

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Step-by-step – the proven path to recovery from bulimia nervosa and binge-eating

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What causes overeating? 31 Jan 2011
By Parker Pen TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This book is aimed at sufferers, their loved ones and based on changing your thought patterns associated with binger eating, letting you gain insight and showing that you are capable of altering the habits formed, why did, you binge to begin with, and how to overcome and avoid doing it or at least reduce the binge purge cycle in future.

In other words , it is a self help guide and there is some space to jot your notes and keep track of how you are doing foodwise.

It is aimed at adults who recognise that they have a mildish form of the disorder but not suitable if you are needing medication ,it's aimed primarily at adults who havent done any longterm damage to themselves and occasionally throw up ,purge or excercise etc and reognise it is now affecting the way they eat and socialise and live their life. It perhaps helps explain why you sometimes purge after a big overeating session and avoid the triggers.

They show some the caseloads in the book , and if you think you can relate to any of the ladies who are quoted could , you too can learn to eat a healthy diet with some key pointers, there will be people whom it wont work for, those in a serious grip of serious body altering diet, or in denial and crossing over from anorexia states and who may have been hospitalised previously etc.

It is a non judgemental book that shows mentally why people succumb to the bulimic eating disorder and how to reverse those often negative thought patterns for good(hopefully).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I got this book out of the library because I thought it might contain some additional/complementary ideas to Overcoming Binge Eating by Fairburn, which also focuses on bulimia but is also a suitable book for people with Binge-Eating Disorder, such as myself. This book, despite the title, focuses ONLY on Bulimia. It also assumes you are young and female.
I was puzzled by the example of a food diary with binges being marked out, which is the first step it advises. The binge marked was a sandwich at lunchtime ie. a normal meal. I understood binge-eating to be consumption of an excessive amount of food, not feeling guilt at nomral meals. Indeed, this is how it is defined earlier in the book, and by the DSM.

I can't say if this book would be helpful to people with bulimia, but it's of no help to me at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 25 Mar 2014
By Lullaby
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This is a great book. Would thoroughly recommend it and follow the steps for recovery. Is a great length too as is not too long so can be dipped into again and again to refresh. Recommended by psychologists.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacking content, and not very effective. 7 May 2013
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Although helpful to some extent, this book tells you what you already know.
There was no content in this book that I wasn't already aware of.

Bulimia extends far beyond 'just having a poor self-image'
Food in itself is an addictive substance, that even the thought of certain foods can trigger a response.
Not only this, but many people who suffer bulimia 'do' have a good self image (of course they don't want to get fat)
But they cope with stress by eating, and they have developed the act of vomiting due to guilt.

None of this info is provided in this book. It sole focus is 'poor self image' and finding new ways to eat.


Like I mentioned: ''Food in in itself becomes an addiction'' There is no such thing as moderation, that is like telling a coke addict 'one line a day in moderation'
it's not going to work. We have foods that are 'Red zones' that just one thought, and one bite triggers a response. The truth is 'You can't eat them' just like an alcoholic cannot have one sip. Certain foods have to be eliminated for you to recover.

Potato and chicken breast doesn't make you binge. However fried Chicken and fries does. Why?

Well the book should tell you why, but it doesn't. It doesn't explain why foods trigger these chemical responses in the brain. Fat, sugar and salt; they all play a role in the equation, setting of a response.

Pass up on this book.

Purchase the following

- The End Of Overeating
- Hungry: Lessons learnt from fat to thin
- Awaken The Giant Within
- Try This For Size

The books just mentioned will help you incredibly. Whilst not labelled for Bullimia. The contents of each book will give you an overall understanding, and new outlook on your addiction and stress responses. Which will help you to master yourself and gain control. Trust me on these books. They will change your life.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book 17 May 2013
By G. C. Moon - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a very self help book. It had help me quite a bit. I am still in recovery but since i started reading it, the episodes had lower a lot.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for anyone with bulimia or treating bulimia 5 May 2013
By Stella Ottesen - Published on Amazon.com
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A must for anyone with bulimia or treating bulimia.
Most of my patients find it a very good book and one they use every day!
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle, Non Judgemental Approach 3 Feb 2012
By Steven - Published on Amazon.com
The overcoming series has always been helpful. I used the Overcoming Depression by Paul Gilbert and it is so helpful...Now I am finding help with my binging.
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