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Crave: Why You Binge Eat and How to Stop

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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 ...

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Overview

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802717108
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 3/3/2009
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 277,123
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia M. Bulik, Ph.D., FAED , is the William and Jeanne Jordan Distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, professor of nutrition at UNC’s School of Public Health, and director of the U NC Eating Disorders Program. She has been featured or quoted in Vogue, Newsweek, Self, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. T he coauthor (with Nadine T aylor) of Runaway Eating, Bulik lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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  • Posted April 28, 2009

    Crave -

    I was very disappointed - I thought finally someone could explain to me why and how the cravings work in my brain. This was simply another eat right, eat this, eat that, don't eat in the car, not what to do or explain how to stop them stop! Its just another of the same old stuff.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 19, 2009

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    Easy to understand

    This book was pretty easy to understand. I was able to shed light on a problem I've had my whole life. I can't say that it's a quick fix because it's not, there is no quick fix but I do feel like this author tries to give you tools to help understand and guide you a little bit. I enjoyed reading this book and will continue to research on my own about my disorder. I know that it will always be an uphill battle but with more and more people realizing that binge eating is a big problem in this country hopefully one day we will have the full support we need.
    The one complaint I have about this book is that she went on a little to much about drinking our calories. I know the importance of this but I guess for me I don't have an issue with drinking calories as much as others might. Other than that this book was terrific and I would recommend it to anyone struggling with this disorder or anyone who knows someone struggling. It will give friends and family good insight as to what your loved ones are going through !

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2012

    Worthless

    50 pages in i still am not getting psychological reasons for the disorder or how to cope & change behavior. Stats galore (supp 2 b 4 PPL who suffer, who cares about stats, this isnt helping our condituon) the wortless BMI mumbo that is used in doctors offices that is horse$#!+ and has been proven as such. Calculating someones health by height & weight & a cookie cutter chart is generic and doesnt take into consideration fitness level or muscle mass so she lost me rt there.

    Rt now im scanning pages lookin for some kind of relief and understanding, total waste of money.

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