End Emotional Eating

Author: Jennifer Taitz

Date Of Publication: 03/10/2012

End Emotional Eating introduces the reader to some of the skills of Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), a form of treatment recommended by the NICE Guidelines in a modified form for Binge Eating Disorder. The book, which comes "highly recommended" by Christopher Fairburn (author of Overcoming Binge Eating), also draws upon the skills of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

The book's rootedness in evidence-based therapeutic approaches reflects the work experience of the author, Jennifer Taitz, who is a clinical psychologist based in New York. Her wealth of experience in the field shines through (including in a detailed references section) and the book offers a wide range of practical strategies and exercises to help people tackle emotional eating, as well as a comprehensive chapter on understanding emotions and eating.

The book's tone is warm and reassuring, encouraging the reader to offer themselves compassion through chapters on topics such as acceptance, mindful moments, coping with difficult emotions and cultivating self-compassion. The number of ideas contained within this book may mean that the reader finds they need to read it more than once to really take in everything but the book works equally well as a book in which to dip in and out.

For those who have not come across DBT, ACT or MBCT this book is likely to be thought-provoking and its gentle tone makes the experience of reading this book a little like wrapping up in a warm blanket - something that can provide immediate comfort and also offers a space in which someone can rest comfortably for a while. Christopher Fairburn's "highly recommended" acolade is well-deserved and for anyone who is worried about emotional eating this book is worthy of consideration.

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