OVERCOMING OVEREATING: Living Free in a World of Food by Jane & Carol Munter Hirschmann

OVERCOMING OVEREATING: Living Free in a World of Food

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A sound reiteration, with a strong psychotherapeutic slant, of the best approach to conquering eating problems. The authors (from N.Y.C.'s New School for Social Research) aim to free readers from never-ending dieting, and to help them reestablish a healthy attitude toward food: eat when physiologically hungry, stop when full. Obviously, this is much harder to do than say; the authors begin by describing various eating problems and how they represent eating for the wrong reasons (unhappiness, insecurity). They then present their own plan for a new approach. ""Phase I--Freeing Yourself"" describes how dieters must become former dieters by accepting themselves, no longer trying to conform to a societal ideal of thinness, and so on. ""Phase II--Feeding Yourself"" gives extensive advice on how to eat when hungry; harder than it sounds, for long-term dieters, this involves becoming reattuned to the body's signals of hunger, and knowing when one's eaten enough. Finally, ""Phase III--Understanding Yourself"" looks more deeply into the psychological issues involved in overeating, and offers help in overcoming unhealthy patterns. Thorough, responsible help with eating problems; this is a useful reemphasis of the healthiest approach to eating.

Pub Date: April 30th, 1988
Publisher: Addison-Wesley