- Paperback: 243 pages
- Publisher: Guilford Publications; 2 New edition edition (9 August 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1572305614
- ISBN-13: 978-1572305618
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 1.9 x 24.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 272 g
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Overcoming Binge Eating, Second Edition: The Proven Program to Learn Why You Binge and How You Can Stop Paperback – 15 Jul 2013
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"By any standard, Dr. Fairburn is the leading authority in our field, so who better to write the definitive book on binge eating? This program is based on vast clinical experience, numerous clinical trials, and a breadth of perspective that few possess. You can trust this book. It is a landmark."--Kelly D. Brownell, PhD, coauthor of Food Fight; Robert L. Flowers Professor of Public Policy and Dean, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University
"It is hard to improve a classic, but that is exactly what Dr. Fairburn has done. Overcoming Binge Eating, Second Edition, expands on the author's highly effective treatment. This self-help guide is filled with specific tools that can help reverse unhealthy habits that have trapped you for years. Dr. Fairburn helps you maintain regular eating habits, distract yourself from cravings, stop emotional eating, and address body image issues. My colleagues and I will be recommending this book to all of our clients who feel their eating is out of control."--Robert L. Leahy, PhD, author of The Worry Cure
"This invaluable second edition incorporates recent advances in the treatment of binge eating, including new strategies for dealing with body image issues. I recommend this user-friendly book wholeheartedly."--G. Terence Wilson, PhD, Oscar K. Buros Professor of Psychology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
"In this gem of a book, now thoroughly revised, Dr. Fairburn draws on decades of clinical experience and research. This is a powerful resource for anyone who wants to achieve lasting self-change."--Ruth H. Striegel, PhD, Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Eating Disorders
"Readers have posted online calling the previous version of this book 'a godsend' and 'the best book out there.' This substantially revised second edition is as good as the first and sets the standard for self-help books. This clearly written, practical guide is invaluable for anyone suffering from binge eating problems."--Roz Shafran, PhD, Institute of Child Health, University College London, United Kingdom
“This book has proved invaluable to individuals who struggle with binge eating, and it has become a trusted tome on the shelf of many therapists, dietitians, and physicians who want to prescribe a non-invasive, evidence-based approach to treating their patients with an eating disorder….Although Fairburn himself still advocates for paper-and-pencil monitoring (p. 134), the self-help program presented in Overcoming Binge Eating could easily be used synergistically with new smartphone applications…that facilitate real-time tracking of food intake, thoughts, and feelings….Even if the dog-eared, highlighted original is still sitting on your office shelf, treating yourself to the second edition is well worth the modest price.”--Academy for Eating Disorders Forum
"This is the book that every patient and parent should read in order to understand what drives eating disorder behaviors. In this remarkable guide, Dr. Fairburn translates decades of research on therapy into steps for lasting change."--Julie Lesser, MD, Medical Director, Center for the Treatment of Eating Disorders, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and Abbott Northwestern Hospital
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There were a few significant weaknesses in the book itself that prevent me from giving it 5 stars, however. For one thing, there are a number of confusing and contradictory points in the book. He is also inclined to present his opinions as fact with little evidence. For example, the author argues pretty strenuously that there are no such things as "toxic" or "trigger" foods, and yet he encourages people to avoid buying foods that they tend to binge on early in their recovery. Which is it - are these foods triggers that we should avoid buying entirely or are they "safe" foods that we shouldn't avoid? Also, at various points he seems to suggest that people can be permanently "cured" of eating disorders, but towards the end of the book he admits that you might not be so permanently cured after all (which was actually pretty demoralizing).
Didn't think I'd say this but he is also, in my opinion, perhaps a little unfairly dismissive of 12-step programs. (Disclaimer: I tried OA and quit because it made me worse. However, AA did, in fact, help me - although I freely acknowledge that, for most people, AA doesn't provide an answer for their problems and that there are actually more effective solutions out there). He spends several pages criticizing them for being unscientific and unproven; I agree, but there may still be a smallish subset of the population that is helped by them, which should be investigated (especially if it provides an inexpensive alternative or adjunct to therapy for people who otherwise would be unable or unwilling to participate in more conventional care for whatever reason). (For AA at least, that seems to hover at around 5 - 10% of first-time participants; not sure what it is for OA and other similar 12-step programs).
He also criticizes the idea that eating disorders are an addiction and lists several major differences between eating disorders and "classic" substance dependence; for example, eating disorders are egodystonic and "classic" addictions are egosyntonic. I think that this is generally true, but is it always true? I'm not sure that he completely proves that. I agree completely with his conclusions but his arguments here probably could've been a bit better supported in places.
He does bring up some good points though. For example, I agree that proponents of the addiction model generally downplay the differences between substance dependence and binge eating. He also argues (pretty successfully, in my opinion) that no one's been able to prove a specific relationship between binge eating and other addictions; for example, are binge eaters more likely to be alcoholics than, say, depressed people? So far no one has been able to conclusively prove that that's true. In fact, it's not entirely clear that binge eaters have an elevated rate of addiction at all. Granted, people in treatment programs might be more likely than the general population to have multiple additions, but that is probably skewed by the self-selection bias; people with multiple issues are probably more likely to present for treatment.
Overall, in spite of the weaknesses, this is a good book introducing a reasonable self-help program for those suffering from binge eating disorder or bulimia.
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