I was a cheating, lying, compulsive overeater who sneaked food on the side, gorged food, hid food in secret places, and sometimes didn't even know I had eaten food five minutes later."" In 53 years he gained and lost 750 pounds. Finally he found Overeaters Anonymous, lost his excess baggage, and remained thin by following a seven-point program. Writing with all the fervor of the recent convert and a large helping of nondenominational religious optimism, Christians outlines the steps to thinness. Number one is admitting the compulsion-determined by a quick test--and a major component is finding others with similar histories of overeating and chronic dieting. Sounds like Weight Watchers? Yes, but without the competitive weigh-ins, compulsive low-calorie recipes, and corporate profits. ""All you have to do is eat like a normal human being who weighs what you want to weigh""--advice which heartache compulsives (see Broughton, above) will find woefully inadequate. Although Christians certainly knows the roller-coaster of self-deception and private hoards, his writing is unpracticed and his theory--compulsive overeating is a curable ""insanity""--is thin. More palatable than Broughton's account, with a happier outcome, but hardly four-star quality.