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5.0 out of 5 stars
Move on from the burden of disordered eating, 11 Oct. 2011
As a psychotherapist and recovered `emotional over-eater' myself I know from professional and first -hand experience that behaviour change in the form of diets and other quick fixes without searching for deeper insight means that any changes (for example weight-loss or a change of eating habits) are unlikely to be sustained in the longer term. Insight and self-knowledge, in my experience, is fundamental to promoting lasting change.
This book is not a quick fix (and disordered eaters should be wary of anything that claims to be a quick fix!) but should be taken as part of a lasting commitment to change as an act of self love. Those who use food to cope with their problems can find it hard, or near impossible to believe they are worth the effort but I would urge readers to try and act `as if'; as if you loved yourself already. This book could play an important part in that process for those who want to move on from the burden of disordered eating (and the self-loathing which often accompanies it) and lead a more nourishing life in all respects. As a recovered disordered eater, I can assure you life is richer on the other side.
Readers will take a lot of comfort from the stories of other disordered eaters contained within this book as well as helping suffers to locate within the pages their version of their own story and their personal relationship with food. Particularly helpful are the `light-bulb moments' and as the previous reviewer stated; it is important for the reader to take time over these questions to reflect and digest new insights; perhaps sharing what emerges with trusted others, such as friends, family or therapist.
Julia Buckroyd writes with an authoritative tone of someone who knows the subject exceptionally well through years of research and experience yet she manages to convey her knowledge in a very accessible and human way. Immensely readable, people will feel they are being guided by a knowledgeable and kind therapist towards their own understanding which is ultimately a personal journey for everyone. For those who wish to undertake that journey, or are on the road already I highly recommend this book.
It would also be of much use to those in the caring professions who work with disordered eaters, and for the families who are confused and distressed about a loved one's problem eating.