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Bring an end to emotional eating by getting to the root of the problem.

Most books about emotional eating tend to focus on how to strengthen self-restraint or how to identify what triggers it. The former can make the problem worse, while the latter may be different each time it occurs. Both approaches fail to help emotional eaters understand why they feel compelled to do something that they don't want to do in the first place. This understanding is the key to changing this behavior.

From the Author

My purpose in writing 8 Keys to End Emotional Eating is to make my approach to the treatment of emotional eating more widely available, beyond my clinical practice.

I view emotional eating as a rebellious response to the harmful message of the diet culture that you must lose weight in order to be accepted by others. People who are vulnerable to this idea may accept the sacrifice and self-deprivation that this requires, but this also requires them to ignore basic biological and psychological needs. Eventually, their need for autonomy—the freedom to make one’s own choices in life—tells them that this is wrong. That's when emotional eating becomes a way to rebel against this pressure and restore, though only temporarily, their sense of self-determination. By challenging the belief that being accepted requires dieting, you can eliminate the need to reject it with defiant eating. Adopting a less restrictive and more intuitive approach to eating will help you reestablish a healthier and more enjoyable relationship with food. The book's eight keys will show you how.

Shedding Light on Emotional Eating Triggers

Excerpts from Howard's Book

8 Keys to End Emotional Eating

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"In my work with emotional eaters over the years , I’ve seen many different types of people , each with their own story to tell and their unique experience of the world . However , I’ve also noted that there are patterns that tend to repeat . I’ve identified four types of personality patterns among emotional eaters that I tend to see most frequently"

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"This new understanding of emotional eating means that the treatment of the disorder must be reconsidered . The traditional treatment approach to emotional eating is to focus only on the eating side of the scale.  To oversimplify this approach for the sake of clarity , if the problem is that you have episodes of eating too much , the solution is to learn how to stop doing that . On the other hand , if the problem begins with feeling controlled , and emotional eating is a reaction to that , then the solution must involve reducing the subjective experience of being pressured." 

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“ When I binge , it’s like I’m saying , ‘ Now it’s me time ! ’ ”

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"Picture a seesaw with a weight on each side, and each weight is close to the midpoint . One side of the seesaw represents the normal degree of external control that people experience and accept when they make reasonable accommodations to the needs of others. This side represents how people get along with each other as members of a social group . The other side corresponds to a reasonable degree of personal freedom or autonomy that all individuals need and expect. The fact that the weights are near the middle denotes moderation on both sides . However , when people experience outside pressure to conform as an unfair demand , it can make them feel unfairly controlled."

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"This is not a diet book, it is a life book. Farkas has looked into the roots of overeating, down to the core. He will help you to change your relationship with food and yourself."

— Babette Rothschild

“Farkas seeks to help readers change their mind-sets about dieting through the use of his eight keys, which include breaking the diet mentality, resolving inner conflict, and upgrading coping mechanisms.”

—Library Journal

"This excellent, short, and practical book offers many refreshing ideas and perspectives...A valuable book with many interesting insights in line with HG understandings.

— Human Givens

"Filled with useful tips and compassionate expertise, this book could help anyone to become more conscious around their eating [...] For those who suffer most, it could mean the end of emotional eating and painful dieting, and hope for a better relationship to food and life."

— Greater Good Magazine
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