Synopses & Reviews
"By any standard, Dr. Fairburn is the leading authority in our field, so who better to write the definitive book on binge eating? This program is based on vast clinical experience, numerous clinical trials, and a breadth of perspective that few possess. You can trust this book. It is a landmark."--Kelly D. Brownell, PhD, coauthor of Food Fight
; Director, Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, Yale University
"It is hard to improve a classic, but that is exactly what Dr. Fairburn has done. Overcoming Binge Eating, Second Edition, expands on the author's highly effective treatment. This self-help guide is filled with specific tools that can help reverse unhealthy habits that have trapped you for years. Dr. Fairburn helps you maintain regular eating habits, distract yourself from cravings, stop emotional eating, and address body image issues. My colleagues and I will be recommending this book to all of our clients who feel their eating is out of control."--Robert L. Leahy, PhD, author of The Worry Cure
"This invaluable second edition incorporates recent advances in the treatment of binge eating, including new strategies for dealing with body image issues. I recommend this user-friendly book wholeheartedly."--G. Terence Wilson, PhD, Oscar K. Buros Professor of Psychology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
"In this gem of a book, now thoroughly revised, Dr. Fairburn draws on decades of clinical experience and research. This is a powerful resource for anyone who wants to achieve lasting self-change."--Ruth H. Striegel, PhD, Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Eating Disorders
"Readers have posted online calling the previous version of this book 'a godsend' and 'the best book out there.' This substantially revised second edition is as good as the first and sets the standard for self-help books. This clearly written, practical guide is invaluable for anyone suffering from binge eating problems."--Roz Shafran, PhD, Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Reading, United Kingdom
"This is the book that every patient and parent should read in order to understand what drives eating disorder behaviors. In this remarkable guide, Dr. Fairburn translates decades of research on therapy into steps for lasting change."--Julie Lesser, MD, Medical Director, Center for the Treatment of Eating Disorders, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and Abbott Northwestern Hospital
"The book is to be recommended to anyone working with this population."--Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry
"This is an extremely well written and informative book aimed at helping those with binge eating problems to overcome them. The author is one of the leading experts on cognitive behavioral techniques for eating disorders, and his previous publications have made a major contribution to the literature....The book is a masterpiece of logical structure and a compendium of useful and valuable information."--Behaviour Research and Therapy Behaviour Research and Therapy
"A useful introduction to new students of binge eating and related subjects."--Nursing Standard Nursing Standard
“This book has proved invaluable to individuals who struggle with binge eating, and it has become a trusted tome on the shelf of many therapists, dietitians, and physicians who want to prescribe a non-invasive, evidence-based approach to treating their patients with an eating disorder….Although Fairburn himself still advocates for paper-and-pencil monitoring (p. 134), the self-help program presented in Overcoming Binge Eating could easily be used synergistically with new smartphone applications…that facilitate real-time tracking of food intake, thoughts, and feelings….Even if the dog-eared, highlighted original is still sitting on your office shelf, treating yourself to the second edition is well worth the modest price.”--Academy for Eating Disorders Forum
"For more than a decade Christopher Fairburn has been at the forefront of the effort by researchers and clinicians to understand the nature and causes of binge eating. He has made a huge contribution to this field, not least because he is responsible for having developed and evaluated the most successful method of treatment for binge eating problems. In this fascinating book he not only brings the reader up to date with the latest knowledge, but also provides a structured program of practical strategies for recovery which will be of invaluable assistance to anyone with binge eating problems." --Peter J. Cooper, Winnicott Research Unit, University of Cambridge Clinical School, England
"There is an extensive scientific literature of research of binge eating, however, the scientific advances have not yet been presented to the general public. Overcoming Binge Eating addresses this important gap. Written by one of the world's foremost authorities in eating disorders, this book takes an empathic look at binge eating, provides a comprehensive summary of current knowledge of binge eating, and offers detailed suggestions for how to overcome this problem.
Written for a lay readership, Overcoming Binge Eating offers both hope and concrete advice to sufferers. This highly informative book will also be useful for those who want to learn more about binge eating. Mental health professionals will find this book an excellent source of information and a valuable tool for adjunct bibliotherapy." --Ruth H. Striegel-Moore, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology at Wesleyan University and President-Elect of the Academy for Eating Disorders
"This reader-friendly book provides a lucid and comprehensive account of the nature and treatment of binge eating by one of the world's leading clinical researchers. Based on the most recent scientific evidence, and reflecting Fairburn's many years of unsurpassed clinical experience, this text is unrivaled as the best source for educating both the public and patients about binge eating. But it does more than educate and enlighten. It includes a detailed self-help program for overcoming binge eating in bulimia nervosa and obesity. The state-of-the-art techniques in this program have proved effective in numerous scientific studies. The program can be used on its own or in combination with therapy." --G. Terence Wilson, PhD, Oscar K. Buros Professor of Psychology, Rutgers University
"Christopher Fairburn is one of the world's foremost authorities on problem eating. Because he is one of those rare individuals who understands and can work with people, but is also a top-flight researcher, his book offers state-of-the-art, helpful information, written in a caring way. You can trust this book. It is a landmark in the field." --Kelly D. Brownell, PhD, Director, Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, Yale University
"Dr. Christopher Fairburn is one of the world's experts on the causes and treatment of binge eating. In Overcoming Binge Eating, he has written a scholarly yet readable summary of recent advances in our knowledge of this common affliction. More impressively, Overcoming Binge Eating contains a straightforward and user-friendly self-help manual for those who are struggling with this problem. In bringing to the public the latest scientific understanding and new treatment methods, Dr. Fairburn has made a major contribution to progress in dealing with eating disorders." --B. Timothy Walsh, MD, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University
"You just can't read this book, you are impelled to act. A 'must read' for binge eaters and their families."--Laura Hill, PhD, Former Director, National Eating Disorders Organization
This book has already offered tremendous help to more than 125,000 readers struggling with out-of-control eating. Christopher G. Fairburn presents a scientifically based blueprint for breaking free of unhealthy eating patterns and finding new ways to deal with the emotional triggers that lead to binges. Packed with step-by-step instructions and straight-talking advice (for example, strict dieting does more harm than good), the book cuts through the stigma and shame surrounding binge eating. The fully updated second edition incorporates important advances in eating disorders treatment. It features a new module on body image issues and enhanced strategies for achieving--and maintaining--a transformed relationship with food.
This trusted bestseller provides all the information needed to understand binge eating and bring it under control, whether you are working with a therapist or on your own. Clear, step-by-step guidelines show you how to:
*Overcome the urge to binge.
*Gain control over what and when you eat.
*Break free of strict dieting and other habits that may contribute to binges.
*Establish stable, healthy eating patterns.
*Improve your body image and reduce the risk of relapse.
This fully updated second edition incorporates important advances in the understanding and treatment of eating disorders. It features expanded coverage of body image issues and enhanced strategies for achieving--and maintaining--a transformed relationship with food and your body.
Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) Self-Help Book of Merit
Written by Dr. Christopher Fairburn, an international expert on eating disorders, this unique book provides clinicians, sufferers, and interested others with an authoritative and accessible account on binge eating problems.
Overcoming Binge Eating provides all the information needed to understand the problem and bring it under control. Dispelling many of the myths associated with binge eating, Part One provides a comprehensive and up-to-date account of current knowledge about binge eating problems. Chapters address such issues as:
* Who binges and why
* How binge eating differs from everyday overeating
* Whether binge eating is an addiction
* How binge eating affects people emotionally and physically
* Ways those who binge can gain control
Part Two of the book is a new self-help program based on the most effective strategies for binge eating problems. Designed to be used on its own or in conjunction with therapy, the program provides step-by-step guidance for:
* Overcoming the urge to binge
* Gaining control of eating behavior
* Reducing the risk of relapse
* Establishing stable, healthy eating habits
Presenting the most up-to-date information, as well as an effective program for treating those who binge eat, this book will be used by clinicians both as a comprehensive reference and as recommended reading for clients. Offering inspiration and insight, this book will help your clients empower themselves to deal with their binge eating problems, as well as the shame and isolation that characterize them.
About the Author
Christopher G. Fairburn, DM, FMedSci, FRCPsych, is Wellcome Principal Research Fellow and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford. He directs the Centre for Research on Eating Disorders at Oxford (CREDO). Dr. Fairburn is a research clinician who has won many awards, including the Aaron T. Beck Award from the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and the Outstanding Researcher Award from the Academy for Eating Disorders. He has a particular interest in the global dissemination of effective psychological treatments. His website is www.credo-oxford.com.
Table of Contents
Binge Eating: The Facts
Chapter 1. What Is a Binge?
Chapter 2. Binge Eating, Eating Disorders, and Obesity
Chapter 3. Who Binges?
Chapter 4. Psychological and Social Problems Associated with Binge Eating
Chapter 5. Physical Problems Associated with Binge Eating
Chapter 6. Causes of Binge Eating Problems
Chapter 7. Binge Eating and Addiction
Chapter 8. Treatment of Binge Eating Problems
A Self-Help Program for Those Who Binge
Step 1. Getting Started
Step 2. Regular Eating
Step 3. Alternatives to Binge Eating
Step 4. Problem Solving and Taking Stock
Step 5. Dieting and Related Forms of Food Avoidance
Step 6. What Next?
APPENDIX I. The Body Mass Index
APPENDIX II. If You Are Overweight
APPENDIX III. Organizations That Can Help
APPENDIX IV. A Note for Relatives and Friends
APPENDIX V. A Note for Therapists