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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; 1 edition (Sept. 1 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452270839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452270831
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 1.4 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #125,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Geneen Roth is a writer and a teacher who has gained international prominence through her work in the field of eating disorders. She is the founder of the Breaking Free workshops, which she has conducted nationwide since 1979. She is also the author of Feeding the Hungry Heart, Breaking Free from Compulsive Eating, and When Food is Love. A frequent guest on television and radio programs, she has written for and been featured in Tie, Ms., New Woman, Family Circle, and Cosmopolitan. Her poetry and short stories have been published in numerous anthologies. Born in New York City, she now lives in northern California.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Arizona US 2000 on Jan. 3 2001
Format: Paperback
I am sorry you thought this book was a waste of money. This is not the book to read if you are looking for a diet. "Where are the answers?" you say...
Well, the answers are in the stories of these women who have struggled with the agony of a shameful addiction.
This book is so totally anti-diet. Anti-depriving yourself. It's about being good to yourself, maybe for the first time ever.
It's about figuring out WHY, so you can then work toward healing.
The author was not whining. She was simply telling her story, her truth. She tells her story about food, weight, shame, dieting, and the torment of being teased by other kids, in a touching, yet humorous manner.
Maybe you have not suffered the pain of addiction, possibly? I don't know.
I am in a position to give some advice because I identified with many of the women in this book. I suffered for years with food problems and I am finally free. My heart aches for people who are still struggling. This book has helped me in my battle to start being good to myself.
Do yourself a favor, forget about dieting. Eat what you want when you are truly hungry for food. Don't listen to people who tell you you are too fat. Make exercise fun. Enjoy your food, enjoy moving your body. Enjoy life.
Be good to you.
There's you answer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Feb. 22 1999
Format: Paperback
This is for the person who wrote the previous review -- Sorry you missed the answers. They're outlined very clearly in "Breaking Free from Compulsive Eating," the next book. Personally, I found reading the first book helpful in using the next one. For $10 you're not willing to try? How about if you checked it out of the library? Be nice to yourself -- don't give up yet. This book and the two that she wrote afterwards were the best thing to ever happen to my weight life. I eat better, am happier, and no longer feel like I can't control my food habits.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 3 2000
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Because I doubt if Ms. Roth's early years with an abusive mother, emotionally absent father were fiction. Ms. Roth's first book was truly a brave recounting of her conflict with food and you can clearly understand that her childhood had a lot to do with that (as it does for many of us). I also appreciated the writings from other women who've been through the same battles. It really never ends. You have to constantly be vigilant. I would recommend this to anyone who uses food for comfort, anesthesia, etc. The book makes sense.
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I give this book five stars because I found it to be truly inspirational. The problem with diets is that they do not nurture the soul or help the dieter understand why he/she is overeating. Roth describes in a sometimes amusing and sometimes heart-breaking manner the reasons why some people overeat. The main reason why emotional eating is taking place is because your body feels that something is not right, physically or mentally, so instinct kicks in and you begin to eat in order to numb the pain. Roth has collected some stories from women in her conferences and has even used some of her own personal stories in order to show that you are not alone in this confusing, painful experience. The book tells you that you must realize that you are not eating because you are hungry; you are using food as a type of drug to numb the pain of scars on your soul that have not been healed. I recommend this to anyone who is overweight because of emotional eating, especially women since this book is directed towards the experiences of women with this problem. I highly recommend it, and it has truly touched me and changed me for the better.
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By A Customer on Feb. 8 2004
Format: Paperback
I first came across Geneen Roth's books in the early 1990s, as a college student. I'd gone away for school and gained sixty pounds. Deep down, I knew that I had a problem with food, and it wasn't something I could solve on my own. My problem was as serious as that of an alcoholic or drug addict, and food was my drug of choice. When I read Feeding the Hungry Heart, I learned for the first time that I wasn't alone, that I wasn't a freak, that other people, mostly women, had felt the same way I felt. And most importantly, that they'd come through the experience and found a way to be healthy with food. If you suspect that you have a problem with food, try reading this book. Don't expect to find diets or even suggestions for overcoming the problem. If you view your overeating as an addiction, this book is really the first step to recovery. Use it to help yourself admit that you're addicted to food, and then move on to Roth's other books, especially When Food Is Love and Breaking Free from Emotional Eating. They'll help you get a better sense of specific steps you can take. I did what I'm recommending ten years ago, and over several years, I overcame my obsession with food and lost the sixty pounds I'd gained. I didn't do it by dieting or restricting myself from eating anything. And it didn't happen quickly. I'm also fully aware that my relationship to food is just like an addict's relationship to alcohol. It doesn't go away. In fact, in stressful periods of my life, I've turned to food for solace and gained weight again. But this time, the difference is that I know what I'm doing and why. I know why I'm turning to food. And I know what it can't and won't ever be able to give me. Anyone who tells you that it's just a matter of calories in vs. calories out or who recommends that you "just get over it" doesn't understand that food is, for many people, not an issue of physical hunger, but of emotional hunger.
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