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Crave: Why You Binge Eat and How to Stop

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A leading authority on eating disorders evaluates the role of genetics, brain chemistry, and cultural pressures in promoting binge eating; counseling readers on how to recognize and overcome responses to triggers that promote compulsive food consumption. Original.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published March 7th 2009 by Walker Books (first published March 3rd 2009)
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Emma Giordano
Feb 17, 2017 Emma Giordano rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I think it is most valuable for it's educational content; I learned SO MUCH about binge eating disorder and binge eating in general, much more than I've learned from abnormal psychology and health classes. It was thoroughly well researched and covered a lot of important angles related to binge eating. I also felt I took a lot away from this book in regards to my own eating habits; I learned a lot about myself and my relationship with food as well as different ways to ...more
Jun 01, 2011 Angela rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2011
Despite the writer's stated intention not to do so, she conflates the behavior (binge eating) with the symptom (obesity) more times than I can count. Because the book continually returns to the idea that managing one's eating disorder will result in weight loss, I found it more like a standard self-help book for fat people than I was comfortable with.

It's not that I'm specifically opposed to books about weight loss, but I was hoping that this book would be different. The author seems to be usin
Mossie Sweet
Dec 30, 2011 Mossie Sweet rated it it was ok
Frustrating - Good general information, but that's not why I bought the book - I was looking for ways to help combat the "crave" - the compulsion to eat, and there was very little of that. Eat well, exercise, take time for yourself, and don't use food to solve non-food problems. Duh. And then when the crave still hits, suck it up? That's not a solution I needed to buy a book for.
Nov 08, 2009 debbie rated it it was amazing
i'm about halfway through this book and i would recommend it to anyone who either is a binge eater or knows someone who is...i just completed the first half of the book which deals with genetics, triggers and environmental reasons for binge eating...unlike anorexia and bulimia, binge eating is not yet recognized as a bona fide health problem, and so there is little if any funding for research...instead, those of us who are binge eaters are told to get it together and just stop eating...easier sa ...more
Feb 11, 2014 Robynne rated it liked it
I was hoping this would be more of a "tool box" book - instead it was filled with general information that is pretty much common sense. I can see where these are good reminders, but they should not have been the bulk if the book. I did find some things at the very end helpful - different therapies, etc. but this section was way too small. I wish it had been the bulk of the book instead, with more information and details about these topics. This section inspired me to learn more, but to actually ...more
Aug 19, 2012 Allie rated it liked it
The information was really good and it made me aware of how disordered my eating habits really are. But to deal with the problem I'll have to find another book because this is not a 'tool box' kind of book.
Aug 09, 2013 Catherine rated it liked it
Interesting study on binge eating and coping methods. I don't have binge eating disorder, but some of the strategies have worked to help overcome food cravings. I like her approach of implementing things slowly. It isn't overwhelming like a lot of diet and food science books tend to be.
Chloe Vandonkelaar
Mar 02, 2017 Chloe Vandonkelaar rated it really liked it

The book Crave by Cynthia M. Bulik is all about the eating disorders people have, but more specifically Binge Eating (nonstop eating and being addicted to eating) . It informs you about all the things you were so unaware of with this disorder. I think one of the main points of this book is that there needs to be more awareness of binge eating, because there are more issues associated with it than we think. Secondly, there needs to be change, especially because this simple eating disorder has suc
Lauren Hewitt
Nov 29, 2016 Lauren Hewitt rated it liked it

Review of Crave: Why you binge eat and How to Stop by Cynthia Bulik

The book Crave is all about the eating disorders people have, but more specifically Binge Eating. It informs you about all the things you were so unaware of with this disorder. I think one of the main points of this book is that there needs to be more awareness of binge eating, because there are more issues associated with it than we think. Secondly, there needs to be change, especially because this simple eating disorder has suc
Jan 05, 2013 Deb rated it it was amazing
This book is something to crave!

Feel like your food cravings often get the best of you?

Then you might want to dig into Cynthia Bulik’s delicious and satisfying book _Crave_.

She describes her hope and approach of for the book:
“Whether the binge eating belongs to you, your daughter, your husband, or your neighbor, and whether you are experiencing binge eating or simply overeating, the tools in this book can help you repair your relationship with food and with your own body…There is nothing fancy
Caitlin Trepp
This book is probably best suited for beginners - that is, people who aren't already familiar with eating disorders, treatment for eating disorders, and the obesity epidemic. There was some great information (although perhaps a bit too dumbed down), and a wide variety of resources. This book seemed to cover all bases. I don't think it's a book that I'll need to refer to very much later, but it was very informative. I would have preferred a bit more detail and example, and a bit more how-to, but ...more
May 30, 2011 Chelseabelle rated it really liked it
So far super informative (I had previous to this book been unaware of this disorder) and aside from a couple chapters about eating breakfast and resetting my sugar awareness (which I've read about before) pretty eye-opening.

Finished: SUPER informative in the last pages. Loved it.
Spook Harrison
Sep 22, 2011 Spook Harrison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health-physical
Really, 4.5 stars. This was a really good book, and one I'm certain I'll come back to in the future. It was a great overview of the subject; if I were leading a course on binge eating, this would be part of the required reading!
May 09, 2009 Maria rated it really liked it
If you've ever had emotional issues with food, this book offers insightful tips. Some of the advice will sound familiar, but the anecdotes and explanations behind it may be enough to motivate you (or someone you know?) to make a change.
Sarah Kortright
Feb 24, 2014 Sarah Kortright rated it really liked it
Practical, sensible advice even if you don't have an eating disorder. I especially liked the overview in Chapter ten regarding the images that now compel society towards unrealistic ideals.
Mar 18, 2009 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, fatties
I ended up buying the book so I can reference it again later. It had some good points, and even a part about gastric bypass and binge eating, which I found extra helpful.
Jul 17, 2009 Sherrie rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction, abandoned
May be helpful to some but food cravings (which I tend to have) are separate from binge eating (which I don't tend to have a problem with) for me.
Jul 14, 2009 Cmdokken rated it it was ok
Just a book that I thought might give me some insights. So far just telling me what I already know.
Jun 15, 2011 Melinda rated it did not like it
This preaching to the choir. I know that I overeat and that it is bad. How do I stop? I didn't think it gave any answers.
Feb 28, 2012 Whitney rated it really liked it
A Very interesting and helpful book for those who suffer from binge eating, a fairly common eating disorder among both men and women.
Feb 24, 2009 Katie is currently reading it
Officially comes out in March 09. Another good work-related read...
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Cynthia M. Bulik, Ph.D., FAED, is the Distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she is also Professor of Nutrition in the Gillings School of Global Public Health and the Director of the UNC Eating Disorders Program. A clinical psychologist by training, Dr. Bulik has been conducting research and treating individuals with eating disorders fo ...more
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