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Overcoming Overeating: How to Break the Diet/Binge Cycle and Live a Healthier, More Satisfying Life Paperback – December 13, 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456413333
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456413330
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hirschman and Munter, who teach at Manhattan's New School for Social Research and conduct therapy groups, here present a three-part program to help overeaters to "live free in a world of food." The authors warn against dieting, with its weight-off-on-again discouragements, focusing on methods successfully adopted by their clients. Case histories dramatize the results of learning to distinguish "stomach hunger"the body's legitimate need for sustenanceand artificial craving for treats as substitute for emotional satisfaction. Interviewees quoted here who have conquered food obsessions support the authors' claim that the program is revolutionary. The book is wordy but engagingly informal and accessible. It includes two questionnaires, one of which the authors request readers complete and return to them. First serial to Family Circle; Psychotherapy Book Club and Social Science Book Club selections.
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"A powerful, persuasive, affirming, radical perspective on overeating that will transform lives."
 - HARRIET LERNER, Ph.D., author of The Dance of Anger

"It gives the reader all the inspiration they need to stop dieting and begin living a rich, full, self-accepting life."

"A refreshing, upbeat approach to eating and living. Hirschmann and Munter use their considerable expertise and insight to provide a wealth of practical advice about how to stay off the diet treadmill."
- DR. JANET POLIVY and DR. PETER HERMANN, Authors of Breaking the Diet Habit

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I feel like waht i read in the book was placed as a seed in my brain that took some time to grow.
Ma. Ma.
Anyone that has an issue with their weight truly must read this book before considering any kind of weight loss program or diet.
S. Diaz
This was an interesting book about breaking the cycle of emotional eating - eating when you're not physically hungry.
Angela Reads

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111 of 113 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 24, 2004
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I was ready for this book. I knew diets were not working for me, as I sit here 5 pounds heavier (yet again) than my previous peak weight--- and this was after 2 years of trying Meridia, Xenical and Phentermine. I had already gotten past beating myself up for yet another failure; already gotten past ridiculing myself mentally when I saw myself in pictures. No, I had already decided diets were making me miserable, and I didn't know what the answer was, only that I refused to go on another diet again.

Then a friend (overcoming bulimia) recommended "Intuitive Eating" (2003 edition) and Overcoming Overeating. Little did I know I had already vocalized the ideas in these two books. And little did I know these books would change my life.

I must admit, Overcoming Overeating was hard to get into. The forward was dry and written in a very formal tone. Chapter one read like a textbook. But, I stuck it out because what I read did make sense.

I am so glad I stuck with this book! Overcoming Overeating discusses in moderate detail eating disorders, one of which is called binge-eating disorder. I saw myself in every example of these people. I had no idea I had an eating disorder, though I became certain after reading this book, that I do indeed have this medically-recognized disorder.

This discovery was freeing and painful at the same time. I was so relieved that now all the puzzle pieces fit. I had already started the work on my own before this book, but by the time I was finished I was ready to work on my disorder with my therapist. The two days following the completion of the book, I was flooded with emotions... anger, sadness, regret, joy, peace etc. It was almost overwhelming.
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74 of 74 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 20, 2001
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I read this book ten years ago when I was a compulsive overeater in college (in 1991). I had read countless books on eating disorders and how to stop my binge-eating; I had seen several therapists and specialists; I had tried every diet and every psychological trick and therapy known to humankind.
Then, I happened to read an article in Shape magazine that summarized the themes of this book. I was so struck by its approach that I promptly bought the book. And WOW -- my attitude changed dramatically -- and the compulsive overeating, a problem I couldn't imagine my life without, soon ceased.
The book's principle is, in essence, forget about the relentless calorie-counting, the food-diary-keeping, the constant eating-controlling. (Thank goodness! because those never helped me and indeed may have fueled my compulsion.) Instead, it taught me to 1) be kind to myself during and after a binge, rather than heap insults on myself; and 2) learn to tune into stomach hunger instead of "mouth hunger," and trust your body to ask for what it needs. Yes, this sounds absurdly simple to me now, but you cannot imagine how this thought shift impacted me -- and the book explains it in a way that helps you understand your overeating AND to do something about it.
Now, as a thin person and (so much more importantly) a person not obsessed with food every waking minute (and many "sleeping minutes"), I cannot recommend this book enough. In the last ten years, I've pushed this book on every overeating friend who's asked how I managed to change, so I thought it only appropriate to share my thoughts via an Amazon review.
This is one of the four books that has dramatically and forever changed my life.
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68 of 68 people found the following review helpful By TW VINE VOICE on November 26, 2008
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The philosophy presented in this book is counter to nearly all conventional western views regarding dieting and exercise as the best means to achieving acceptable health levels. A very large percentage of the population constantly diets, and yet we are becoming more and more obese as a society; thus the view of the authors is that dieting is not working and is not a logical long term solution. The authors stress the importance of looking beyond dieting (in fact giving up dieting altogether - the logic being diets are causing more obesity than healthy lives in the long run based on concurrently rising diets and obesity levels) and assessing the real influences that cause people to overeat.

The authors point out that people generally eat for two reasons; physiological (the physical body telling us we are hungry), and psychological (eating for enjoyment despite not being physically hungry). Anyone who has been unable to resist that piece of cake or bag of chips even after a fulfilling meal will be able to relate immediately. Demand feeding, the art of feeding your body only on a physiological level, is presented as the only viable and lasting strategy for a healthy relationship with food. Demand feeding also encompasses the notion that separating the two modes of eating forces one to confront the real issues that cause psychological eating, permitting one to address those issues first.

The message put forth really hit home for me in its description of how bad habits generally are developed. When we are babies, we cry for food only when we are truly hungry at a physical level. These are instincts we are born with.
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