Overcoming Night Eating Syndrome: A Step-by-step Guide to Breaking the Cycle [NOOK Book]

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The statistics are powerful and alarming: perhaps as many as 6 million Americans suffer from night eating syndrome, or NES, an eating disorder which describes behavior patterns in which an individual obsessively consumes more than half of his or her daily caloric intake after eight o'clock in the evening. More significant is the further finding that more than 33 percent of morbidly obese individuals, persons who are 100 or more pounds overweight, are affected by this disorder. Experts agree that NES shares ...

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Overcoming Night Eating Syndrome: A Step-by-step Guide to Breaking the Cycle

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Overview


The statistics are powerful and alarming: perhaps as many as 6 million Americans suffer from night eating syndrome, or NES, an eating disorder which describes behavior patterns in which an individual obsessively consumes more than half of his or her daily caloric intake after eight o'clock in the evening. More significant is the further finding that more than 33 percent of morbidly obese individuals, persons who are 100 or more pounds overweight, are affected by this disorder. Experts agree that NES shares characteristics of not only eating disorders but also sleep and mood disorders. Sufferers tend to exhibit symptoms such as feelings of anxiety and guilt, insomnia, or interrupted sleep. Typical NES behaviors include absent appetite during the day, a consistent pattern of eating more food after dinner than during the meal itself, and recurrent episodes of waking and eating throughout the night. This book offers a step-by-step strategy for managing and overcoming this disorder.

From this book, you will first learn to identify the signs of NES, and then use journaling exercises to discover what automatic thoughts surround your night eating. Having identified the problematic behaviors, you will find out how to break these patterns with healthier food choices, more structured mealtimes, and a series of relaxation and visualization techniques.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608827312
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 386,834
  • File size: 748 KB

Meet the Author


Kelly C. Allison, PhD, is an instructor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She received her PhD from Miami University in 2000. Her research interests include characterizing and treating night eating syndrome. She is also interested in the effects of socio-cultural influences on disordered eating attitudes and behaviors.


Albert Stunkard, MD, is professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine where he founded the Weight and Eating Disorders Program, of which he is currently director emeritus. He received his MD from Columbia University in 1945. He is the author of nearly 400 publications, mostly in the field of obesity and his research has been supported for forty years by the National Institutes of Health.


Sara L. Their, M.Ph., currently works in the program area of the Robert Wood Foundation in Princeton, New Jersey. She received her BA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1987, her M.Ph. at University of California, Los Angeles, in 1991. She is presently a PhD candidate in health policy.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction 1
Part I What You Need to Know about Night Eating
Chapter 1 Are You a Night Eater? 9
Chapter 2 Eating Patterns: Food for Thought 25
Chapter 3 Sleeping Patterns: Up All Night? 41
Chapter 4 How Are You Feeling Today? 51
Chapter 5 What Night Eating Syndrome Is Not 65
Part II The Biology of Night Eating
Chapter 6 It's a Family Affair: The Genetics of Night Eating Syndrome 79
Chapter 7 Hormones 89
Part III What Can Help?
Chapter 8 Help Yourself: Serving Up New Thought Patterns 101
Chapter 9 Imagery, Relaxation, and Behavioral Interventions 119
Chapter 10 I'll Get By with a Little Help from My Friends 139
Chapter 11 Take Two Pills and Call Me in the Morning 149
Part IV Don't Give Up!
Chapter 12 Final Thoughts and Encouragement 157
Appendix Calculate Your Body Mass Index (BMI) 163
Resources 165
References 169
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

    The title, Overcoming Night Eating Syndrome, is a tad misleading in my opinion. The book definitely contains some good tips but most are impractical when it comes to dealing with this disorder.

    I did enjoy reading the book and learning there were others who also suffer from this eating disorder. What looks good on paper, though, does not necessarily work in what I call the "real world". If the person affected had a "nighttime sitter" that could direct the NES sufferer during the night (such as in a clinical trial or some type of facility setting), these "tips" that are given would probably work pretty well. However, for the average NES sufferer, sitting down in the middle of the night to journal on why you are eating doesn't work...especially if you are unaware that you are eating. If you have a spouse or family member who doesn't mind giving up their life and their sleep to assist you in completely following every step written in this book, then hey...you'll probably do well. If, however, you are on your own, the majority of this book will not help. It is, though, an interesting read for anyone who suffers from NES or knows of someone who does.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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