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Summary

Brain over Binge provides both a gripping personal account and an informative scientific perspective on bulimia and binge eating disorder. The author, Kathryn Hansen, candidly shares her experience as a bulimic and her alternative approach to recovery. Brain over Binge is different from other eating disorder books which typically present binge eating and purging as symptoms of complex emotional and psychological problems. Kathryn disputes this mainstream idea and explains why traditional eating disorder therapy failed her and fails many. She explains how she came to understand her bulimia in a new way - as a function of her brain, and how she used the power of her brain to recover - quickly and permanently. Kathryn also sheds new light on eating disorder topics such as low self-esteem, poor body image, and dieting. Brain over Binge is a brave book that has helped many by delivering an informed and inspiring message of free will, self-reliance, and self-control.

©2011 Kathryn Hansen (P)2016 Kathryn Hansen

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Excellent alternative view

A truly eye opening viewpoint on binge eating - it has helped me enormously. I would highly recommend.

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  • R
  • 29-09-16

Transforming hope to a reality

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Having read the book prior to purchasing the audio book I knew what I was in for - a completely radical yet simple way of addressing a life hijacking problem which silently and hidden affects many. I have found it very powerful to 'hear' the work and be able to replay sections where I was only half listening, and I am hopeful of really being able to embrace what seems such a genuine answer to a really difficult problem I have grappled with for years and years. I personally have even said to different therapists I had felt 'addicted to binge eating and not only the initial highs of that but the awful lows that follow.' How clearly this is expressed in this potentially life changing book, and amplified in its clear and understanding reading.

Thank you both for giving me hope, and I so hope that I (and many others) will be able not only to continue to 'touch' the concept, but to grab hold of it and totally embrace it, freeing myself (ourselves) from the chains of this disordered way of living and eating.

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This is a humble clear self help book where Kathryn Hansen shares her life changing realisations and develops practical skills and techniques for suffers to use. Lydia Wente, herself a recovered bulimic binge eater adds a depth of understanding in her clear reading. Along with the hard copy this audio book makes and irresistible combination - and the same can be said of Kathryn and Lydia!
Thank you both for giving me hope, and I so hope that I will be able not only to continue to 'touch' the concept, but to grab hold of it and totally embrace it, freeing myself from the chains of this disordered way of living and eating, something which you have both been able to do through this new approach, and I'm sure many others have too. Thank you.

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Brilliant!

After counselling and medication I stopped binging and purging but then it returned with a vengeance!
This book has felt like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders, I honestly feel like I can live a life without binging now :)
This book is utterly fantastic! Thank you for taking the time to write this during a time which I'm sure was already busy enough with two small children and one on the way!

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excellent

loved this, going to listen again as so informative and interesting. really helpful for any one with an eating disorder. worth buying.

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thanks

Kathryn puts binging in a new perspective. It's just a habit which can be corrected. I'm impressed and a believer.

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Powerful personal story and possibly helpful to others

I thoroughly enjoyed hearing this personal journey of recovery. It has given me food for thought and hopefully some tools to apply in my life as well. It’s insightful and easy to listen to, but not a magical cure for anyone with an eating disorder (nor does it claim to be!). The book is well structured and written, it is very easy to follow and empathise with the life of the author.
The reason for not giving it full marks is simply that I would perhaps have wished for more detail on how to manage to do what she did in stopping reacting to her urges to binge eat. Would have been helpful to perhaps get other experts’ opinions on it, and some other techniques as well. I understand that it wasn’t the intention of this book so perhaps I’m subtracting points unfairly.

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A great book

I really enjoyed this book. Its the first time I've heard a similar experience that really resonated with me and made me stop and think. It really is mind over matter. I liked this book so much that after a blip I'm listening to it again!

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Such a brilliant book!!

I have been struggling with Bulimia for more years than I care to admit!!
This book was able to completely change my perspective. Separating the eating disorder from my emotional issues was the key! And the demanding child analogy was spot on. I really believe I have turned the corner for the first time in my life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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  • Md
  • 19-08-17

A lot of good info. Just a bit too long.

A lot of good info. Just a bit too long. Certainly help in my weight lost problem

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Everything seems so much clearer!

Loved this book. Whilst a tad repeatative a times it has certainly given me hope after years of Bulimia. Feel empowered like never before!

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  • Treelistener
  • 29-11-16

It worked for me

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I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars. It is very detailed, clearly explains every concept, and gives a totally different approach to dealing with bulimia or BED. I also appreciated the author's personal story. There was much that I easily related to.

I was a binge eater for about 40 years. I quit binge eating before I finished the book. My whole attitude toward food has changed. I did not expect that, and I am so grateful to have found this book.

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  • VV
  • 24-09-16

Powerful ideas based on personal experience

This book contains story of the author's struggle and recovery followed by the detailed analysis rooted in neuroscience.

Ideas presented in this book are easily generalizable to other eating disorders and bad eating habits. I personally don't have bulimia. What I have is a bad eating habit which I was not able to stop in many years. It does not cause me any emotional suffering, but does cause my weight to hover 25 lbs above of what I believe it should be and what it was before I developed this bad habit.

The core message of this book is that your cravings are not you. Cravings originate in your animal brain and your human brain is capable of simply observing these thoughts without acting on them. Such dissociation makes the cravings to lose their power and over time cures the addiction.

I liked the narration of this book. It turns out that the book was narrated by a person who suffered from bulimia and cured after reading the book.

Overall I enjoyed listening to this book, learned the science behind the food addiction and one powerful technique for stopping it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-07-17

Please re-record this book!

I think it's a good book. It's the author's personal account of how she uses Rational Recovery methods to end her bingeing. It's inspired me to find some other books that are helping me a lot. Honestly, though...I couldn't finish listening!! The narrator's sinus issues, her drone-like reading, and the choppy editing are all terrible. The narration doesn't do the content justice. I'll look for a copy at Half-Priced Books and finish what I couldn't stand to listen to any longer. Re-record this book!

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  • Maggie
  • 15-07-17

Too long, Poor Editing

I like the simple message she was delivering and how it's a different perspective on binge recovery. There is a lot of research out there regarding 'retraining your brain', emphasizing breaking conditioned neural pathways and forming new ones, and knowing that I was able to really connect with her message.

However, this book was TOO long. Her extensive description of her history and specific details of life events could've been shortened exponentially, and many times felt repetitive or unnecessary. There was also poor editing done as I'm pretty sure the phrase "urges to binge" was used at least 1000+ times, qualifying it as a new drinking game as whenever you hear it spoken.

The quality of the audiobook is also subpar. No excitement in the reader, so it sounds like a monotone robot throughout the entire book. Not to mention, starting in Part 2, they didn't take mistakes out so you hear her repeating the beginning of the sentence over and over, plus some static, etc.

Overall, maybe I would recommend if someone was desperate enough or I thought would connect to the long message, but it's an amateur book at best.

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  • Robert
  • 14-04-17

If I hadn't listened to this book myself!

if i hadn't listened to this book myself, I wouldn't have believed it! I am a 51 year old male. I've been to over eaters anonymous, been to 3 different nutritionists, a psychologist, a clinical weight loss program, have been a member of several gyms in an effort to lose weight and was even prescribed phentermine at one time. I have been struggling with binge eating and sugar cravings and have damaged my body for years from binging on sugar. I have never been able to control my sugar cravings and have been addicted to sugar since childhood. This book in 3 DAYS !!!!! CHANGED MY LIFE !!!! Like I said. I know it sounds unbelievable . My struggle is over! Besides a little bit of sadness from thinking about how my life could have possibly been so much better had I known this information years ago, I couldn't be happier. Thank You so much Kathryn Hansen. Words cannot express my gratitude. p.s. My better half has also used this information to quit smoking. I urged her to replace "urge to binge" with "urge to smoke". Her first 3 days for were quite difficult but After 22 years as a smoker she is completely Smoke free.

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  • Jennifer Robinson
  • 23-05-18

Information is great, narration is so bad

Information is good enough to power through the truly awful narrator. Nasal and robotic voice.

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  • Shelby Rugg
  • 18-05-18

Revolutionary perspective on ED behaviors

Kathryn Hansen has done something that many therapists have failed to acknowledge in my life for years: sometimes it really is about the food. She takes more of a biological approach to understanding the causes of binge/purge behavior and explores some mindfulness-based practices to overcome these patterns. This book is all about reclaiming our own higher brains power to make choices for health instead of getting stuck in the loop of addictive behavior. I found the material presented extremely helpful and inspirational all though certainly not a cure-all. But that is also partly Kathryn's point - you don't have to fix your life in order to stop acting out on ED behaviors. Thank you Kathryn for sharing your journey into and out of your lower brain <3 Note: The audio version has some editing errors and glitches here and there but did not keep me from enjoying the content.

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  • Allie Zimmerman
  • 22-04-18

Great-life changing content - terrible narrator!

This book changed my life and my view of my eating disorder. The content is great but the narrator is awful! It’s almost robotic and hard to listen to, sometimes it nearly puts me to sleep. It’s choppy and doesn’t flow.

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  • Cyndiloulabell
  • 08-03-18

Natrator is hard to listen to

Nasal, monotone narrator made this book really hard to listen to. Had to abandon after only getting half way through!

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  • Sarah K. Borders
  • 22-06-18

great story, but narration needs editing

This personal account was really helpful, and the performance of the reader was fine. Unlike other listeners, I did not find her voice particularly annoying, but I was bothered by the editing (or lack thereof). There were many instances in which we hear the reader begin a passage, stop and start over, sometimes several times in one go. That is really annoying and ought to be fixed!

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