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Life After Diets

Mar 13, 2024

Overcoming Binge Eating by Christopher G Fairburn has been adopted by the NHS as the gold standard approach for binge eating recovery. This episode offers our personal and professional opinions on the OBE approach and is not meant as a substitute for, or a deterrent against, using this book as part of your own recovery process.

We discuss:

  • Who is Fairburn and how did he start working with BED?
  • Where CBT puts the onus of responsibility
  • Who this book might appeal to
  • Step One is Monitoring -- what do we think of this tool?
  • Is self-awareness always beneficial? What does it look like?
  • Step Two is Regular Eating
  • The oversimplicity of "reasonable portions"
  • Step Three: Alternatives to Binge Eating
  • The irony of black and white thinking as a strategy to overcome black and white thinking
  • Do you always have to learn from someone who has the experience of the ED? (note to listeners that Fairburn did not ever have an ED)
  • Step Four: Problem Solving
  • The incredible fatphobia implicit in this book
  • Fairburn's view on addiction

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