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Losing Your Pounds of Pain

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  149 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Through therapeutic work with hundreds of clients, Dr. Virtue, a psychotherapist specializing in eating disorders, came to understand how various degrees of emotional and physical abuse caused her clients to turn to food for comfort, security, and even self-punishment. Although many were convinced that once they lost their excess weight, their pain would be over, just the ...more
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Published January 1st 2002 (first published 1994)
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Alison Jones
Feb 16, 2016 Alison Jones rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone seriously looking to affect change in their relationship with food - so, everyone.
This book is written largely to those who have experienced an emotional trauma involving either abusive parents, sexual abuse, and a few other events. The book is deceptive in this because you go into it thinking it's every woman's emotional pain...but mostly it makes you thank God you're not the one the author is talking about. Or maybe you are...and this IS the book for you. When I found out that I wasn't the one the author was writing to, I kept reading. Though difficult in parts, I was able ...more
Kayla Flores
Doreen Virtue is a great author of self-help books because she writes as though she is speaking directly to you. This book was easy to follow in terms of language and syntax and she explains her points very thoroughly.

The reason I rated this book a 3 is because she outlines very specific, detailed (in many cases hurtfully graphic) stories of her patients' accounts regarding abuse. The book is an amazing reference for those people feeling they have pounds of weight to lose because they are holdi
Jul 30, 2014 Missy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Geared more to those who eat due to sexual abuse (which isn't my problem) but still interesting to see how outside influences can make us emotionally eat. I now find myself stopping before I treat myself to realize the real reason I want to eat and for me it's because of emotions (i.e. a bad day at work).
Kristen Mccormick
This book changed my life and helped me acknowledge my past hidden pain and how I was using food to continue the silent torture of myself without knowing why. If you can really follow her exercises, this book will change how you relate food and emotions.
Dharia Scarab
Oct 26, 2014 Dharia Scarab rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

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May 23, 2016 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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There were a few things I felt were wrong with this book, even though I felt I gathered a little bit of information that I didn't know about stress eating. Doreen, even though she has some good points and "theories" about why people stress eat and binge eat; the majority of the book talks on the subject of being sexually abused. I'm not saying that there aren't people that are obese or overweight being the sole reason of being sexually abused, Doreen should of covered on a lot more of the other ...more
Feb 04, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good book if your weight stems from trauma, which didn't help me much. A little light on specific details for overcoming but still a good overview.
Aug 20, 2015 Jess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Really powerful stuff, exactly what I needed to hear.
Jan 16, 2014 Joan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not entirely applicable to my story (or to all those looking to deal with the emotions behind weight gain), but the book still contains some valuable and insightful information.
Talks about how past trauma can contribute to weight gain and difficulty taking weight off, how it is often a protective or coping mechanism. Ok so far. More for people who have been through a lot of abuse.
Jan 25, 2009 Ann-marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book! It helped me understand why I do some of the things I do pertaining to eating. Great guidance!
Mar 01, 2013 Ellen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Helpful. I know why exactly I crave doughnuts now.
Apr 25, 2009 Casey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great for anyone who has ever had an eating disorder.
Jul 27, 2014 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Interesting concepts, but very confronting.
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Doreen Virtue is a fourth-generation metaphysician and clairvoyant doctor of psychology. Doreen is the author of numerous best-selling books and products, including Assertiveness for Earth Angels, and Healing With the Angels book and cards.

She's been featured on Oprah, CNN, Good Morning America, and in newspapers and magazines worldwide including her weekly column in Woman's World magazine called
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