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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 ...
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.
|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|
|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|
Posted February 9, 2009
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.
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