Bulimia: A Guide to Recovery

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This fifth edition is completely updated and expanded, andoffers a complete understanding of bulimia and a plan for recovery. It includes:
  • Answers tquestions most often asked about bulimia
  • Insight from more than 400 recovered and recovering bulimics
  • A Three-Week Program ...
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Overview

This fifth edition is completely updated and expanded, andoffers a complete understanding of bulimia and a plan for recovery. It includes:
  • Answers tquestions most often asked about bulimia
  • Insight from more than 400 recovered and recovering bulimics
  • A Three-Week Program tStop Bingeing
  • Specific advice for loved-ones
  • Things tdinstead of bingeing
  • Lindsey Hall's own inspiring story, "Eat Without Fear"
  • Suggestions from professional eating disorders therapists

"...answers common questions about bulimia...also provides stories and insights from recovered & recovering bulimics, including the author's own experiences."

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William Davis
This is an excellent book. It offers accurate information, wise counsel and genuine hope for everyone who suffers with bulimia...also valuable reading for the mental health professional.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780936077314
  • Publisher: Gurze Books
  • Publication date: 8/28/1999
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 285
  • Sales rank: 1,095,097
  • Product dimensions: 5.57 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.76 (d)

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For nine years, I binged and vomited up to five times daily. Although therewere a few days without a binge, the thoughts were always there, even in my dreams. It was painful and frightening. No one knew about my bulimia, because I kept it safely hidden behind a facade of competence, happiness, and average body weight. When my health and marriage began to fail, however, a series of coincidences brought me face to face with recovery, and I soon became devoted to freeing myself from my obsession with food.

I worked hard and willingly, and underwent an amazing transformation. As the bulimic thoughts and behavior subsided, I was able to see how it had served me all those years. It was an effective tool for emotional, physical, and spiritual survival when I knew no other. It had been a friend, a lover, a hiding place, a voice, a quest for meaning and love. It was a way to cope with growing up in a frightening and uncertain world. But what had started as an innocent diet became a monster which threatened to devour my entire life.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xi
PART I. Understanding Bulimia

Chapter 1. Questions Most Often Asked about Bulimia
  What is bulimia? 20
  Why do people become bulimic? 21
  Why are bulimics mainly women? 25
  What special issues are faced by men with bulimia? 33
  How is bulimia related to sexual trauma? 35
  How does bulimia affect my relationships? 39
  Is it the same as anorexia nervosa? 43
  What is a typical binge? 45
  What are the medical dangers? 46
  What thoughts and feelings are associated with it? 49 What other
behaviors do bulimics share? 52
  What does it feel like to binge-vomit? 53
  How do I know if I have bulimia? 55
  How long does it take to get better? 56
  Can medication help in recovery? 59
  How do I learn to eat correctly? 61
  If I quit purging, will I gain weight? 64
  How should I choose a therapist? 67
  What can I do to help someone who has bulimia? 70
  What can be done to prevent eating disorders? 71
Chapter 2. Eat Without Fear: A True Story of the Binge-Purge Syndrome
  Introduction 75
  Beginning 77
  Living with a Habit 84
  Marriage with a Secret Life 86
  Shift in Focus 89
  Turning Point 93
  Ending the Behavior 95
  Lasting Recovery 83

PART II. Overcoming Bulimia

Chapter 3. How to Start
  The Decision to Stop 107
  Setting Reasonable Goals 110
  Encouragement: Why Get Better? 113

Chapter 4. Get Support! 117
  Family Support 119
  Professional Therapy 123
  Eating Disorders Treatment Centers 126
  Other Support 127
  Medical and Dental Examinations 130

Chapter 5. What Has Worked for Many 133
  Looking Beyond the Symptoms 134
  Journal Writing 136
  Practicing Self Esteem 140
  Expressing Yourself 143
  Relaxation 145
  Working on Body Image 148
  Healthy Physical Exercise 153
  Experiencing Hungers and Feelings 156
  Cultivating Relationships 158
  Spiritual Pursuits 162
  Changing Your Mind 166
  Challenging Cultural Influences 170

Chapter 6. Healthy Eating and Healthy Weight 175
  Dieting and Set Point 176
  Getting Past Food Fears 178
  Meal Planning 181
  Special Situations 183

Chapter 7. Things to Do Instead of Bingeing 187
  Immediate 188
  Short-term 190
  Long-term 193

Chapter 8. Advice for Loved Ones 195

Chapter 9. A Three-Week Program to Stop Bingeing 203

Chapter 10. A Guide for Support Groups 261
  Forming the Group 261
  Rules of the Group 262
  Agendas for Six Meetings 263

Resources 273

Bibliography 277

Index 281
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2000

    Struggling with Bulimia

    This book has opened my eyes to my disease. I never even thought I had one. When I realized I did, the thought never even crossed my mind that anyone could pinpoint where my bulimia has come from or how to get past it. Now I know I am not alone and I am learning to deal with my emotions in a healthy way. Every time I read this book something touches me and allows me to see a light at the end of the tunnel. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has or knows anyone with an eating disorder.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 1999

    Best book on Bulimia out there

    This book holds nothing back; it is honest and descriptive. It is straight forward and current. It will motivate you to begin your journey toward wellness. It is a must for those who suffer from bulimia and their families who suffer with them.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2006

    Informative

    This book is written by a recovered bulimic and her husband who helped her through her recovery. Chapter one is very informative as it is questions most often asked about bulimia and answers to those questions. Chapter two tells Lindsey Hall's personal story, the following chapters guide the reader through recovery and gives information on how to seek help, there's a chapter for family and friends, a three week program to stop bingeing, and a guide for support groups. I highly recommend this informative book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2002

    GRRRRREAT BOOK!

    this book changed my life. I can't belive that I could actually take control of my disorder. Before I thought that the only solutions were enemas, but now I know. I can overcome.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2004

    Life changing!

    This book has really opened my eyes to the depth of my disorder. It has prompted many emotional journal entries and has given me the courage to talk about my problem openly for the first time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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