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Runaway Eating: The 8-Point Plan to Conquer Adult Food and Weight Obsessions    by Cynthia Bulik & Nadine Taylor order for
Runaway Eating
by Cynthia Bulik
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Rodale, 2005 (2005)

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* * *   Reviewed by Melissa Parcel

'Runaway Eating' is defined as an unhealthy relationship with food that results in eating to run away from problems. Whether it's used to fight boredom, ease stress, as a reward, or to fill an emptiness inside, runaway eating is potentially dangerous and has nothing to do with nourishing the body.

As eating disorders become prevalent in younger women, many of the eating problems discussed in Runaway Eating occur in mid-life. The authors - a counselor and a registered dietitian - have many years of experience dealing with eating problems and their expertise shows throughout the book. It's divided into two parts. Part one helps the reader to understand the concept: what it is, what causes it, and who's at risk. Part two is an eight-point plan to conquer runaway eating. Techniques include: eating on time and in time; identifying triggers; changing thinking; learning how to deal with moods, anxiety, stress, depression and perfectionism; and dealing with hormonal problems. A list of resources and sources for additional help are featured as well.

This book is fascinating, helpful, and straightforward. If you suspect you might be a runaway eater, a 40-question quiz will help you decide. The authors then walk readers through the plan step-by-step with worksheets, plans of action, and practical advice. If a person is serious about dealing with unhealthy food behaviors, this book will be an invaluable resource to get on track. The information is extremely well researched, with references included. As a registered dietitian, I often see bizarre books dealing with diets and food behavior. Runaway Eating is one of the best I have read on this subject in a long time.

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