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Breaking Free


This system by Geneen Roth is a psychological approach to ending the cycle of compulsive eating and dieting.


Geneen Roth has written a number of books on the subject of compulsive eating and how to go about getting over it. She also runs workshops and retreats and sells audio CDs and videos.

Her focus is on women's internal feelings and source of compulsive eating. She talks about various unhealthy eating behaviors. Much of it is from her own experience of dieting and compulsive eating. After a full discussion, she then talks about ways you can work toward eating normally and in a healthy manner.

It comes down to learning to stop playing games with your hunger. It's as simple as only eating when you're hungry. You eat until you feel satisfied, then stop. You eliminate starving and binging and free yourself from eating compulsions.


Geneen has appeared on many national television shows including: Oprah, 20/20, The NBC Nightly News, The View and Good Morning America. Articles about Geneen and her work have appeared in numerous publications including: Cosmopolitan, Time, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Geneen is also a monthly columnist for Prevention Magazine. She is the author of seven books, including The New York Times bestseller, When Food is Love.


While Roth talks about a lot of issues that resonate with compulsive eaters, making the changes she talks about are hard.


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  8-Nov-2005 9:01am created by bill
  23-Mar-2006 9:07am last update by bill

posted 10-Nov-2005 12:52pm
edited 10-Nov-2005 12:53pm

After trying to lose weight and failing a number of times -- also struggling with eating compulsions -- this system was appealing to be. I bought "Why Weight?" by Geneen Roth. It's a good book, filled with a lot of talk about what eating compulsions are like and different ways to look at it. Though, it is written more for women, I was able to still draw a lot of good advice out of it.

For a while, I tried to follow what Roth recommends. I tried to eat only when I was hungry and to stop when I was satisfied. But, I was not able to reach a state where that worked for me. My hunger ends up being kind of random. It comes and goes and sometimes I think I'm hungry, but I'm probably just bored.

Also, stopping when I'm satisfied is tricky too. Feelings of satisfaction take a while to manifest for me. Often, it's 20-30 minutes after I eat. While, I'm eating I get strong urges to eat more.
posted 14-Nov-2005 8:13pm

I know how that is... and it does take about 20 minutes for your stomach to signal your brain that it is full... ain't that a bitch? I am a huge stress and mood eater... and boredom is also a trigger. I have been making an effort to get busy when I am bored (I have a house to clean!) or go for a walk. When I am hungry, I have started drinking a glass of water several minutes before I eat, to try and take some of the edge off.
posted 15-Nov-2005 7:37am

Yeah, drinking water has often been something that helps me. I can do that instead of eating sometimes. But, I get sick of water too.

I think that's sort of a general problem I have with diets. Whatever new diet I try, there's always some new habit I need to acquire. So, I do that new thing for a while, but then I get sick of it. Then, I revert and go off the diet.
posted 16-Aug-2007 11:32am

well i just like to eat alot
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