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The Appetite Awareness Workbook: How to Listen to Your Body and Overcome Bingeing, Overeating, and Obsession with Food Paperback – February 1, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-1572243989 ISBN-10: 1572243988 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1 edition (February 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572243988
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572243989
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This cognitively-based, eight-week program helps people who binge eat regain normal eating patterns by tracking their habits and slowly making adjustments until hunger and satisfaction—rather than out-of-control emotions—govern when and how they eat.

About the Author

Linda W. Craighead, Ph.D., is professor of psychology and director of the Clinical Psychology Training program at the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO. She is also clinical director at La Luna, an outpatient eating disorders treatment center, and clinical supervisor for eating disorder treatment at Psychological Health and Psychiatry in the CU student health center. Her research is done through the Eating and Weight Concerns Clinic at the University of Colorado's Raimy Psychological Clinic. She consults at Duke Medical Center with weight management programs. She received her Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University in clinical psychology. She has written many articles and presented papers, and she has taught many professionals about appetite awareness training, the intervention she developed to address a broad range of concerns about eating and weight.

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Customer Reviews

I would recommend this book to anyone with a weight problem that stems from disorderly eating.
Michelle L. Lockard
I truly believe that by following the guidelines in this book, all of us can learn to be aware of our appetites and benefit immensely!
Amazon Customer
Like most of you considering this book, I've tried many, many diets and have always been able to lose weight.
F. Terwilliger

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 7, 2006
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I find this book to be just what I was hoping for! The whole purpose is to help all of us become more aware of our appetites and how we can use that awareness to become healthy eaters. Dr. Craighead and her associates have spent years researching and using this method--not only with their clients, but with themselves as well.

As with any attempt at healthy eating, there is work involved. Just reading this book (or any other book) will not help us lose weight or eat in a more healthy manner. I found this book to be very informative, well laid out and tuned in to the root of the problem for many of us. As I read this book, I realize that I really do not know when I am moderately hungry and when I am moderately full. I also tend to eat while I do other tasks. Therefore the food is not satisfying.

The workbook pages are easy to use if we read the directions carefully. We DO NOT start off keeping a record of the food we eat. We start off learning how to tell if we are moderately hungry and moderately full. What a revelation! The chapters are set up as weekly activities with a specific focus. Each week, the form adds another item to focus on. Each week builds on the one before it. If we try to do it all at once, it won't work. The key word is PROCESS, not instant success. If we expect instant and total success, we are just setting ourselves up for failure again. And if we are looking for a magic weight loss miracle that takes little or no effort, this book is not what you are looking for. I love the weight and body mass index chart and all the related information about healthy weight. This book will benefit those with severe eating disorders as well as those of us who just want to get a better handle on how and why we eat.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By S. Kanning on July 25, 2007
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This book is not a diet plan as such. It is a training manual that helps people who have disordered eating habits (overeating, bingeing, as well as food restriction) learn to recognize their bodies' hunger and satiety signals.

If you are expecting someone to tell you exactly what to eat and when to eat it, this book will probably disappoint. If you are hoping to develop healthier eating habits without having to measure the caloric content of each bite you take for the rest of your life, or perform other obsessive, time-consuming, deprivation-inducing behaviors, if you'd like to eat healthy foods in quantities that are right for your body and actually enjoy the food that you eat, this book might just be the ticket.

I've been working through the first week, and it's a struggle, but I'm already learning a lot about myself and my eating habits. This book is what I was looking for.
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Linda Craighead's Appetite Awareness Workbook - in my opinion - is an absolute must for anyone struggling with binge-eating and overeating. Dr. Craighead offers a compassionate yet no-nonsense innovative clinically-proven treatment program.

Moreover, in the opinion of this reviewer, Dr. Craighead offers the Best Opening Paragraph of a self-help-for-overeating book that I have so far come across. Unlike most self-help books, Dr. Craighead's intro offers no cheer-leading feel-good fireworks - but it offers a sobering truth, a truth that a psychological Do-It-Yourselfer cannot afford to be without.

More about it below, but, first, who is Linda W. Craighead?

Dr. Craighead is a professor of psychology and a director of clinical training at the U. of Colorado in Boulder, CO, and a clinical director at La Luna, an outpatient eating disorders clinic in Boulder.

But most importantly, Dr. Craighead is a scientist-practitioner. Her Appetite Awareness Training program (AAT) evolved out years of research. In particular, to provide scientific/empirical support for AAT, Dr. Craighead and her research team conducted and reported on several studies of the AAT protocol. Dr. Craighead writes that their 2002 evaluation of AAT-based individual treatment for women with binge-eating disorder revealed that 80% stopped the pattern of binge-eating by the end of treatment.

80% success rate! Now, that's not just clinical lore or anecdotal data. We are not talking about a book of insights and epiphanies from clinical battle-fields. We are talking about outcome studies that satisfy the methodological rigor of the peer-reviewed scientific journals!

Now: about the Best Opening Paragraph of a self-help-for-overeating book...
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65 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Maureen Noonan on February 2, 2006
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I ordered this book in the hopes of it helping me change the way I treat food. It doesn't come close to what I expected.

My first dissapointment was in the setup of the book. It is not designed in an easy to use format. When it said that it was an eight week workbook, I expected it to be divided as such. It is somewhat divided but not in the clear, scheduled way I expected. It is not clear as to when to start different chapters of the book. There is no Week 1, Week 2, etc....

The worksheets might be helpful for some people. They were not for me. You are basically asked to moniter your fullness at each meal/snack on a scale of 1-7. I did not find it clear enough as to how to decide which number you are.

The book says eat when you are hungry and stop when you are full. She acknowledges that this is not a simple task. If it were, the book would not be necessary. I found no helpful advice into following that code.

My final dissapointment, and perhaps this is my most important one, was that this book is sold under the unwritten pretense that it will help you lose weight. That if you truly listen to your body that it will tell you when it has had enough and that you will be able to be at a healthy weight for you. If that is what is supposed, and I'm sure that everyone else who ordered this book is under that same assumption, why after all the "learning of the AAT method" is there an Appendix C called the "Weight Loss Window" that sounds like just about every other diet that is out there.

There is a section of "Alternatives for Urges to Eat When Not Hungry"- and what is on the list you ask?
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