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Crave: Why You Binge Eat and How to Stop Paperback – March 3, 2009
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About the Author
Cynthia M. Bulik, Ph.D., FAED , is the William and Jeanne Jordan Distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, professor of nutrition at UNC's School of Public Health, and director of the U NC Eating Disorders Program. She has been featured or quoted in Vogue, Newsweek, Self, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. T he coauthor (with Nadine T aylor) of Runaway Eating, Bulik lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
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Top Customer Reviews
There are some OK tidbits of information in this book: interesting facts about sweet drinks (but we've already heard that our Starbucks lattes are bad for us too) encouragement to accept the genes you're born with and another plea to "overcome your allergy to exercise". But what about those who do exercise regularly and still binge? Not everyone is "allergic" to exercise. Again, as another reviewer said, this is the same advice given in diet books, healthy living books and hundreds of women's magazines. I was just hoping for a bit more. I was hoping for the content promised on the cover.
Overall, though, I find the book highly rudimentary in its sentiments. There really aren't any great "epiphanies" here. She touts the need to eat breakfast so you feel full, drink water, etc. All of these are diet tips you can get anywhere.
Purchasing this book, perhaps my expectations were too high. I was looking for real insight that might shed light on the emotional side of eating but alas I didn't find it in this book.
There are recommendations to seek counseling but it would have been great to have a little more depth in Dr. Bulik's writing.
It seemed to focus a great deal on ways that people suffering from obesity can lose weight and learn to love exercise, to understand that BED is genetically linked, and recommendations for proper and appropriate nutrition as well as different kinds of useful therapy. It's informative. But it's definitely not a guide on how to stop binge eating. I think it also discounts the large portion of people with BED who are also compulsive exercise addicts or who are thin or normal weight. There are many, many people who suffer from binge eating disorder who are not obese at all, yet this book tends to focus on those who are obese, so only a subset of binge eaters are represented here. The other thing about people with BED or any eating disorder really, is that many are experts on diet and nutrition, from all the years of obsessing about weight and body. This book seems to be written for those who are new to diet and exercise. If you are obese and are afraid of exercise and don't know anything about eating healthy, I think that this book will be helpful for you. However, if you're more average size and know the ins and outs of exercise and nutrition and are looking for more of a book that addresses the emotional aspects of binge eating this is probably not your book.
For me, this whole book was one big "aha" moment. And I'm sure I'm not the only person who feels that way. I took my sweet time reading this because I wanted to absorb every word and I plan on making the lessons contained within a part of my everyday life (which can be easier said than done).
I was pleasantly surprised to see that someone who has not suffered from an eating disorder herself has her finger on the pulse on this much suffered, though horribly underreported, sickness. Usually, academics are way out-of-touch when it comes to connecting the dots, but not Dr. Bulik. She did a fine job of getting the reader to explore the deeper issues that have caused the binge eating disorder in the first place. She goes through the deeper symptoms, not just the surface ones, symptoms that many times people may not take for binge eating.
Her approach is, yes, cognitive behavioral therapy, which may not work for many people. I'm more of an alternative medicine gal myself, but I will give Western medical-school therapy a shot if it helps. I'm glad I gave Dr. Bulik's book a try because it got me to open my eyes about a lot of stuff and think more deeply about this issue. Binge eating disorder is one, big emotional issue and that's what Dr. Bulik encourages her readers to get to the bottom of.
No, it's not a cure-all, but it's a damn good start! - Donna Di Giacomo
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book does not give practical help. It includes very simple fixes to behavior the author assumes you take part in (such as drinking sugar drinks, eating fast food, not eating... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Elissa Greene
I checked out this book from my local library. I wanted to highlight and reread so purchased my own. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Leisure52
This book didn't differentiate itself from other eating disorder treatment books. Check out Brain Over Binge instead. Much more helpfulPublished 8 months ago by nadia matar
It arrived quickly, but I wish it had been arranged with chapters so that you can relocate the area of information you're seeking more quickly. Easy ReadPublished 18 months ago by My reviews
I thought it was a bit superficial and said the obvious. People who are compulsive need more thoughtful advice, not just the practicalities.Published 23 months ago by Julia Townsend
It gave me so much information that I didn't know. I gave up diet soda pretty much and the cravings are less unless I'm stressed or crying.Published 23 months ago by Cheryl Search
But I am enjoying the reinforcement. I think reading the book while working out would help; however, this is helping with cognitive behavioral therapy. Read morePublished on August 6, 2013 by danish birkenstock
The book arrived true to discription, the price was right too. This is a book I wanted to read. I will use this seller again and will recommend to others.Published on June 21, 2013 by Ana Ana
This book had so much helpful information. Great suggestions and resources given to help kick binge eating. I wish it had more tips for specific groups of people though (i.e. Read morePublished on February 13, 2013 by SAHMoChubbies