Losing Your Pounds of Pain
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Losing Your Pounds of Pain

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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 Morford
Mar 24, 2008 Alison Morford rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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
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.
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...more
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).
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.
Great book! It helped me understand why I do some of the things I do pertaining to eating. Great guidance!
Helpful. I know why exactly I crave doughnuts now.
Great for anyone who has ever had an eating disorder.
Interesting concepts, but very confronting.
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Doreen Virtue is a fourth-generation metaphysician and clairvoyant doctor of psychology who works with the angelic, elemental, and ascended-master realms. Doreen is the author of numerous best-selling books and products, including the Healing with the Angels book, where the angels' interpretations of the numbers first appeared. She's been featured on Oprah, CNN, Good Morning America, and in newspa...more
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