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I just returned from the Binge Eating Disorder Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Binge Eating Disorder Association hosted its second annual conference.  While more people suffer from binge eating disorder than all the other eating disorders together, it is not currently recognized in the DSM-IV, the manual of psychological disorders (it is now coded as Eating Disorder NOS).  This will be remedied in 2013 when it is added to the updated DSM-V manual according to Dr. Timothy Walsh, the chair of the Eating Disorders Work Group for the American Psychiatric Association (APA).  See

At the conference, I met many people who are working hard on prevention, treatment and research.  If you are looking for more information, here are some new books on binge eating that may help.

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Food: The Good Girl's Drug: How to Stop Using Food to Control Your Feelings by Sunny Sea Gold.  I had the pleasure of sitting down next to the author of this book at the conference.  Not only was her book a wonderful read but she was a pleasure to meet in person.  Sunny's book bravely shares her own struggle with binge eating as well as quotes from top experts around the nation.  It also contains advice and exercises.

50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food by Susan Albers.  At the conference, I led a workshop entitled, "The Art of Soothing Yourself Without Food" based on my book, 50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food.  The workshop was interactive and gave innovative ways to take out comfort eating and replace it with natural ways to calm and soothe yourself.

Crave: Why You Binge Eat and How to Stop by Dr. Cynthia M. Bulik.  She is the author of over 300 research articles on binge eating and is a well-known expert. Crave is frequently recommended by treatment professionals.

Appetite Awareness Workbook, The How To Listen to Your Body & Overcome Bingeing, Overeating, & Obsession with Food by Linda W. Craighead.  This cognitively-based workbook is based on the highly successful practice of appetite monitoring, rather than traditional food monitoring.  

What is helpful for binge eating?  Many of the lectures at the conference pointed to mindful eating as a healing antidote. To learn more  

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Susan Albers, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist, specializing in eating issues, weight loss, body image concerns, and mindfulness. She is the author of 50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food, Eating Mindfully, Eat, Drink, and Be Mindful, and Mindful Eating 101 and is a Huffington Post blogger.  Her books have been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, O, the Oprah Magazine, Natural Health, Self Magazine and on the Dr. Oz TV show. Visit Albers online at 


Susan Albers, Psy.D., is a psychologist who specializes in eating issues, weight loss, body image concerns and mindfulness. 


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