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

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February 2007, a landmark clinical study by researchers at Harvard University was published in Biological Psychiatry and was soon picked up widely by the media. A survey of 3,000 participants found that 2.8 percent of them suffered from binge eating disorder (BED); that women were twice as likely to report binge eating; and that BED occurs across the age span,…  See more details below

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February 2007, a landmark clinical study by researchers at Harvard University was published in Biological Psychiatry and was soon picked up widely by the media. A survey of 3,000 participants found that 2.8 percent of them suffered from binge eating disorder (BED); that women were twice as likely to report binge eating; and that BED occurs across the age span, from children to the elderly. By extrapolating the statistics to the general population, health professionals estimate 5,250,000 American women and 3,000,000 men suffer from binge eating. The same month the study was published Jane Brody revealed in the New York Times that when she was a 23 years old, her food binges were so extreme that "Many mornings I awakened to find partly chewed food still in my mouth...."
Cynthia Bulik, director of the UNC Eating Disorders Progam, is a foremost authority on binge eating. BED can affect anyone, and can be caused by brain chemistry, genetic predisposition, psychology, and cultural pressures--but none of those triggers make giving in to food cravings inevitable. Crave helps readers understand why they crave specific foods, recognize their individual triggers, and modify their responses to those triggers. Binge eating disorder is highly treatable; 70% to 80% of patients at the UNC Eating Disorders Program triumph over their binge eating by using techniques to "curb the crave". Through the stories of some of these patients--men and women, young and old--and with the guidance of Bulik, readers will develop a variety of strategies to use in conquering their cravings and establishing healthy eating 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:
9780802719751
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
12/01/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
229,007
File size:
376 KB

Meet the Author

Cynthia M. Bulik, Ph.D., is the William and Jeanne Jordan Distinguished Professor of eating disorders in the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, professor of nutrition at the School of Pubilc Health, and director of the UNC Eating Disorders Program. She has been featured or quoted in Vogue, Newsweek, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. She is the coauthor of Runaway Eating (with Nadine Taylor).
Cynthia M. Bulik, Ph.D., is the William and Jeanne Jordan Distinguished Professor of eating disorders in the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, professor of nutrition at the School of Pubilc Health, and director of the UNC Eating Disorders Program. She has been featured or quoted in Vogue, Newsweek, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. She is the coauthor of Runaway Eating (with Nadine Taylor).

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Crave 2.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Jane-Salem More than 1 year ago
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.
Veee More than 1 year ago
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 !
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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.