I have 3 other books by Roth that I enjoyed but did not connect with me like this book did. Words are inadequate for the emotions I felt when reading this and the insight it brought. If you are an emotional eater-read this. I bought this at the recommendation of a therapist (Phd, psychologist) who specializes in eating disorders. So if you need a professional endorsement, it couldn't get much better than that.
I saw the Oprah interview of Ms. Roth and knew that I wanted to read her books. While looking for Women, Food, and God on Amazon, I saw other titles by Ms. Roth. This book really helped me see the relationshipbetween food and my sense of being loved. People struggling with weight issues will find their story here. This book provides amazing insights that only could have come from someone who has been there. Diets don't work; we already know that. So getting to the real issue in our pasts is the only way to really "fix" our problems, whatever, they may be. Ms. Roth has a very easy-to-read style, is humorous, and has a very important message to share.
Great Personal Story of Why We Eat (Not How to Change)
I am a fan of Geneen because she is so willing to share her personal thoughts and feelings. I think many of us will relate to her, even if our story is not the same. It makes us realize that we all have a story and why we turn to food to fill an emotional hunger. At times it wou
This book talks about why people turn to food. It talks about the messages we received as children and how we translate them into self-hate and a negative self-image. After working with hundreds of people for emotional eating, I do agree that so many of our behaviors were formed in our early years. When we feel inadequate emotionally, we turn to food, drugs, alcohol or anything that will make us feel better.
If you are looking for a personal story that will inspire you, this will do it. If you are looking for advice on how to change your behavior, you may want to follow it up with her earlier book, "Breaking Free From Emotional Eating", or "The Beck Diet Solution" by Dr. Judith Beck (excellent book on how to retrain your brain).
This was an informative book on one persons look at how she faced an overweight problem. I have felt for sometime that overweight was not so much a diet problem but more of a psychological problem. This book gave some insights to what those problems might be. It is worth reading.
-A life-changing book.- - OprahIn this moving and intimate book, Geneen Roth, bestselling author of Feeding the Hungry Heart and Breaking Free from Compulsive Eating, shows how dieting and emotional eating often become a substitute for intimacy. Drawing on her own painful personal experiences, as well as the candid stories of those she has helped in her seminars, Roth examines the crucial issues that surround emotional eating: need for control, dependency on melodrama, desire for what is forbidden, and the belief that one wrong move can mean catastrophe. She shows why many people overeat in an attempt to satisfy their emotional hunger, and why weight loss frequently just uncovers a new set of problems. But her welcome message is that change is possible. This book will help readers break destructive, self-perpetuating patterns and learn to satisfy all the hungers-physical and emotional-that make us human.