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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Walker & Company (March 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802717101
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802717108
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #254,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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70 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Woman on August 23, 2009
Format: Paperback
The book was mildly interesting but as another reviewer said, there's nothing new here. Eat breakfast, exercise, control yourself... yeah, we've heard that before. What I thought I was going to get was good solid evidence of genetic predisposition to ravenous over eating. The author says, yes, it's part genetic, but offers no insight beyond that confirmation -- no insight into the biological chain of events that cause the "crave", which is what I'd hoped for when the cover boasted "Why You Binge Eat". Also, there is no "How to Stop" advised beyond the very disappointing comment: "What I encourage is that you take control of your own sweet-stat; put it on manual and shelter yourself from the seduction of increasing sweetification." That's all very nice but that's like telling a heroin addict to "take control" of their addiction in the same manner, just "put it on manual". How exactly is that done? Especially when your brain is screaming for a hit? Other than this weak plea to "take control" there really is no "how to stop" offered in the book. How is that different than being told you need more "will power"?

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.
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82 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Tonia Newton on April 21, 2009
Format: Paperback
I saw Crave's author on GMA which propelled me to order the book. I was disappointed. The author clearly has spend a great deal of time dealing with eating disorders and there are some high points.

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.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Dolly on September 7, 2011
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IF you really want to stop binge eating, look up Kay Sheppard's plan. Her eating plan works for addicted people. It's the only thing I've found. Emotional responses are important, but far more important is an eating plan that works, that keeps the addictive foods at a minimum, and that offers a plan for lifetime control of binge eating.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Laney on January 17, 2011
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This book was not exactly what I was looking for.
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.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By On this Journey of Life on January 7, 2010
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This book is great if you're into cognitive behavior therapy. Otherwise it doesn't seem to touch the deeper issues of eating disorders. Didn't finish the book, and never will.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Donna Di Giacomo VINE VOICE on November 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
I simply do not understand the low reviews for this book. I don't know what people are looking for: Grandiose claims on the cover? The big "aha" moment that will leap out from the book at just the right moment? If that's what people were looking for, no wonder they were disappointed.

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
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