Out-of-control eating is overwhelming and distressing—and one of the toughest habits to break. Grounded in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), this motivating book offers a powerful pathway to change. Drs. Debra L. Safer, Sarah Adler, and Philip C. Masson have translated their proven treatment into an empathic self-help guide that focuses on the psychological triggers of bingeing and other types of "stress eating." Readers learn how to stop using food to soothe emotional pain and gain concrete skills for coping in a new and healthier way. Filled with vivid examples and stories, the book features pointers for building and practicing each DBT skill, mindfulness exercises, and downloadable practical tools that help readers tailor the program to their own needs. Finally, a transformed relationship to food—and a happier future—are in sight.
“The emotional side of out-of-control eating is powerful and real. This easy-to-read, research-based book helps you gain awareness of—and break—the links between emotional distress and food. Highly recommended.”
—Lucene Wisniewski, PhD, private practice, Cleveland, Ohio
“Food meets so many of my emotional needs that the idea of eating less has always been a shock to my system. This book is helping me deal with emotions differently. The tools, details, and practice opportunities I needed are all here.”
—Cori A., San Francisco
“This book provides practical strategies and examples, addressing tough issues in a way that puts solutions in anyone's grasp. Very approachable, helpful, and useful.”
—James Lock, MD, PhD, coauthor of Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder, Second Edition
“I'm grateful for this life-changing book. Using the tools in this program, I was able to stop binge eating and also learned emotional awareness skills that have allowed me to make better decisions for myself and my family. I highly recommend it.”
—Linda G., Calgary, Canada
What You Will Learn in This Program: Preview of Upcoming Chapters
1. The DBT Approach to Stopping Binge Eating
2. Making a Commitment to Stop Binge Eating
3. Discussing Program Goals and the Tools to Get You There
4. Learning to Become Your Own DBT Coach
5. The Benefits of Dialectical Thinking and Mindfulness
6. Becoming a More Skillful Observer
7. Staying on Track
8. Mindful Eating and Urge Surfing
9. Being Mindful of Your Current Emotion and Radically Accepting Your Emotions
10. Reducing Vulnerability to Emotion Mind and Building Mastery
11. Building Positive Experiences: Steps for Increasing Positive Emotions
12. Distress Tolerance
13. Reviewing, Planning for the Future, and Preventing Relapse
Appendix. What Studies Form the Basis for This Program?
About the Authors:
Debra L. Safer, MD, is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine and Co-Director of the Stanford Adult Eating and Weight Disorders Clinic. She is a coauthor of Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Binge Eating and Bulimia (for mental health professionals) and The DBT® Solution for Emotional Eating (for the general public). She has worked with hundreds of people with eating and weight concerns, with a particular focus on evidence-based treatment.
Sarah Adler, PsyD, is Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine and a clinical psychologist in private practice.
Philip C. Masson, PhD, is on the Adjunct Clinical Psychology Faculty at Western University and is a psychologist practicing in London, Ontario, Canada.