Overcoming Binge Eating (Paperback)

By Christopher G. Fairburn

The Guilford Press, 9780898621792, 247pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 1995



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 conjuction 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, D.M., F.R.C.Psych., is Wellcome Trust Senior Lecturer and Honorary Clinical Reader in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford. He is a well-known international authority on eating disorders with research programs in Britain and the United States. His main research interests are in the etiology of these disorders and in the development and evaluation of methods for treating them.

Praise For Overcoming Binge Eating

"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 & 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