Crave: Why You Binge Eat and How to Stop

Crave: Why You Binge Eat and How to Stop

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by Cynthia M. Bulik, Cynthia M. Bulik, Ph.D.
     
 

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A renowned expert on binge eating, the director of the Eating Disorders Program at the University of North Carolina, shares proven techniques for conquering food cravings.

Clinical psychologist Cynthia M. Bulik, specially trained in psychiatric genetics, is a leading authority on eating disorders such as binge eating disorder (BED). For

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A renowned expert on binge eating, the director of the Eating Disorders Program at the University of North Carolina, shares proven techniques for conquering food cravings.

Clinical psychologist Cynthia M. Bulik, specially trained in psychiatric genetics, is a leading authority on eating disorders such as binge eating disorder (BED). For twenty years she and other researchers have tracked thousands of people, and have found that BED runs in families. I n 2000, Bulik was one of a group of researchers who studied eight thousand sets of twins in a Norwegian registry to learn more about how genes contribute to binge eating disorder. T hey found an astonishingly high heritability of 47 percent.

Binge eating disorder is less well known than anorexia or bulimia nervosa but is more prevalent. Health professionals estimate that more than five million American women and three million men suffer from BED. Jane Brody revealed in the New York Times that when she was twenty-three years old, her food binges were so extreme that "many mornings I awakened to find partly chewed food still in my mouth."

Genetic predisposition, brain chemistry, psychology, and cultural pressures increase a person's susceptibility to BED, but bingeing is not inevitable. Crave helps readers understand why they crave specific foods, recognize what triggers their strong urges, and get control over their responses to those triggers. BED is highly treatable; Bulik shares with readers a set of easy-to-implement "curb the crave" techniques that has empowered patients at the U NC Eating Disorders Program and elsewhere to triumph over their binge eating. T hrough the stories of some of these patients--men and women, young and old--and with the guidance of Bulik, readers will develop effective strategies to successfully conquer their cravings and establish healthy eating and activity habits.

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Bulik (director, Univ. of North Carolina Eating Disorders Program; coauthor, Runaway Eating) here brings her nearly 30 years of expertise to the public. Many readers can say they have heard of anorexia nervosa and bulimia; many have even heard of binge eating. According to Bulik, few readers (and even medical professionals) realize that binge eating is a serious disorder, affecting 3.5 percent of women over the age of 18 and two percent of men-that's over five million women and three million men in the United States. Far from just overeating, binge eating is a complex, overarching psychological disorder. However, the tips provided by Bulik in conjunction with good medical and psychological care can lead to complete recovery. Readers can find their general profile, which describes their psychology, learn good eating habits (such as always eating breakfast), and learn how to fit physical activity into their life. Recommended for public libraries with good consumer health collections. Although not an academic text, this book would be suitable for academic libraries with collections of consumer health works for the student population.
—Rachel M. Minkin

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802717108
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
03/03/2009
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
302,099
Product dimensions:
5.48(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.70(d)

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