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About the Author

Sunny Sea Gold is a deputy editor at Redbook magazine and the former health editor of both Glamour and Seventeen. She is the founder of the online overeating support site www.healthygirl.org and lives in Brooklyn with her husband.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425239039
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425239032
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I finished this in two days! My copy is highlighted and underlined and my journal is filled with all of the chapter questions and quotes from all of the girls' stories. This is a book that not only real but honest. It really made me realize that I don't have to suffer in silence and alone. I recommend any and everyone who has ever felt that their body image/weight/eating issues has prohibited them from living their life and is looking for a sense of direction to find healing and recovery. I know that it has definitely helped me.

Sunny, thank you SO much for writing this book b/c without it I would feel totally lost.
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Unfortunately I have to say I really didn't like this book. If you've read anything about emotional eating, there was nothing really new, different or insightful here. Not that there has to be necessarily; sometimes just hearing something in a particular way can make a difference, and she has an easy friendly approachable style. But this book in my opinion was smoothly anecdotal without specifics/solutions to a fault. I applaud anyone's efforts to make a difference and if she has for someone else, there you go. It just fell flat for me.
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This book was incredibly helpful in understanding my own behaviors. I am still learning more, but this book is fantastic, with stories and personal experience backing everything up. I found it was written in a very warm and friendly tone and it gave me hope when I was not doing very well. It's a great starter on this topic.
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This book is incredible. As I read it, I felt as though I could have written every single word. I completely identified with Sunny. The thing with BED is that it has so much secrecy and shame attached to it, even more so I think than other types of eating disorders. Reading this book has shown me that I am NOT alone. Other people have gone through what I am going through, others have healed and recovered and live lives of health and vitality. There are fantastic tools provided here, as well as writing exercises. I originally read this on my Kindle, but has since purchased a paperback so that I can highlight and make notes and read sections with ease whenever I want to. I am so excited to have found this. I have never labeled my eating issues before, and even knowing what I am dealing with has completely changed my perspective. I almost cried with joy reading words that felt like they were already in my heart. I am ready to recover, ready to heal, and I will be using this book and other suggested books to get there. Because I deserve to live a happy healthy life, and lose my fear and addiction to food.
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This is the best book I've ever read on the subject of emotional eating. It's given me validation, hope, and a set of tools that I really believe will make a difference in my life. I recommend using it with ideas from some of the other books linked with this one, but this is the place to start. If you struggle with food, do yourself a favor and read this book.
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All the books I've read in the past have basically discussed what Binge Eating Disorder is. I've never liked those because they just tell me things I already know. I love this book because the author has experienced this disorder herself. She uses her own experiences, other girl's experiences, as well as insight from those who are trained in this area. It gives details about what the disorder is, reasons why people have it, and things you can do to help fight it. I have never felt so understood in my life. Almost everything she talks about I could relate to. I finished this book in a day and intend on reading it again. I highly recommend this book for those who are suffering from this eating disorder and to those who are close to someone who is struggling with it.
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A life saving resource for healilng from binge eating and achieving a healthy body. Binge Eating Disorder is a deep rooted compulsion shared by many bright and high achieving people. It is painful and demoralizing. Up until now, I feard I was powerless and out of control. Sunny's book assures you that it's not lack of will power or self control that is the problem, but a lack of better tools for coping. This book teaches you to pinpoint your triggers and how to deal with the REAL issues prompting you to binge. "The good girls drug" has given me the tools to take control of my eating habits and wellbeing. A compassionate and proactive book from a fellow binge eater in recovery.
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The information and advice the author gives is great and has helped me in part understand some of the difficulties I've had confronting my feelings and compulsions with food. However, it reads like a high school paper, which at times was so distracting I wanted to throw the book out.
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