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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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Never finished it

I fell for the spin and believed this book was going to teach me something. It turned out to be like reading the neurotic girl's secret diary. I couldn't get past halfway, and ended up getting my purchase refunded. Maybe it didn't do anything for me because I couldn't relate to the author's story? All I know is that I found it to be a boring book that simply couldn't capture my interest.

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Great information, horrible editing

I found the information in this book invaluable.

The narration and editing however, are another story. There are several instances where the narrator left clear markers to be cut out when she made errors (see chapter 18 of the book).

There is an instance where something has gone wrong with the recording making it inaudible however this passage wasn't redone.

At times the narrator enunciated her 't's' like a posh English woman. At others she completely gobbled them up.

She either read like an English graduate or a 5 year old (this is when she paused mid sentence as if there was a full stop).

I also had trouble understanding some of her pronunciations. For example, she said "are are" but I later realised she was saying "are our".

Having said that, the information in this book was enough to keep the frustration of the performance at bay.

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A must read from anyone who has experienced disordered reading

This book is unlike any other I have read on eating disorders and by far the best. It is very empowering in the way it separates the habit as something that can be dealt with independently of everything else. The audio editing is not the best.

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A Life-changing Book

This was one of the most helpful and insightful books i have ever read. Reading this book helped me work through a lot of my issues with food and recognise the cravings for what they are: neurological junk!
I highly recommend this book to anyone struggling with bulimia, binge eating disorder, overeating and chronic dieters.

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  • 23-11-2020

Incredible!

Incredible. I want to thank the author so much for giving me real perspective and hope. I've struggled with BED since my early teens. I started with crazy diets which were very extreme and from then on have had disordered views and urges to over eat. The guilt and anxiety the goes along with it has been debilitating in many aspects of my life and prevented me from moving forward. This book has taught me how to disassociate myself from the urges. I realise I have the power to just say no. Although not easy, and I feel I have a bit of time yet to go until the urges finally slip away, I have the confidence that my efforts will pay off. I am now equipped with the skills to quit for good!

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Hope in healing

Thankyou so much for bringing me HOPE after decades of dissorderd eating patterns and delusional thoughts. I see healing beyond my bunch of hideous excuses! ❤

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Poor sound quality, couldn't listen to this

This book was so poorly recorded and edited I could get past the first chapter.

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Loved this powerful approach

I could see myself in her story and this method is very powerful. I've used it and had brought great results not only with binging food but in other areas. We have power in ourselves!

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very good

very good. did not agree with everything she said (teen brain, for example, is considered by some experts to be a myth). However her core message is good. Be patient with this one, I think it's worth it.

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  • 15-09-2019

Self indulgent, self pity, totally obsessed with her own drama

Unbearable me me me, awful reading. I really tried, hoping some of the information would be useful, but it's just excruciating descriptions of how she pities herself and how wrong everyone is

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  • Treelistener
  • 29-11-2016

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-07-2017

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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  • Robert
  • 14-04-2017

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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  • lisadee77
  • 20-04-2018

The most helpful book so far

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If you want to get to the real process, skip to chapter 10. This is a very helpful book.

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  • Allie Zimmerman
  • 22-04-2018

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-02-2018

Life changing

One of the best books I’ve ever read in my entire life. Completely life changing. I’m grateful to the author for being brave & telling her story. She changed my life forever. I 100% recommend this book.

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  • V
  • 24-09-2016

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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  • _shell.bee_
  • 18-05-2018

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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  • Maggie
  • 15-07-2017

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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  • Sarah B.
  • 22-06-2018

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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  • Hannah B
  • 12-10-2016

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
  • 29-09-2016

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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  • LittleLillies
  • 09-12-2016

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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  • Customer
  • 16-09-2019

Good ideas, robotic audio

The book has some very good ideas. In fact, it is motivating and I believe it will definitely help me tackle my binge. And thus I am very grateful to be able to listen to the book rather than look for time to sit down and read it. For the absolute perfection, it would have been nice if the audio didn't sound like Google Translate.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-08-2020

A good read to work through balancing my diet

The book is about exactly what the title says. I have suffered from a lot of yo-yo dieting and overeating and this book gives a sense of hope and grounding to balancing my diet. It didn't give me though a clear way to put my brain over my binge burst outs.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-03-2020

Extremely helpful

This helped me immensely with my binge eating, and im finally feeling hopeful. Everything was explained thoroughly. I took the one star out for the repetitiveness, I feel like a lot of the great points were reassessed multiple times. Overall, I loved it and for the people who are struggling with bulimia/BED, I dont only recommend this; you have to read this.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-03-2020

Inspirational

Thank you, this has changed my life and is already working. Listening to your story reasonated so much with my Binge eating disorder. I've listened twice now and can honestly say I no longer binge, it's incredible. So thank you.

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  • Donna-Maria Mear
  • 28-10-2019

good but could be shorter

I didnt need to know the authors experience in so much detail, the book could have been considerably shorter. However I'm still glad to have read the book and would recommend it

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  • steve
  • 24-06-2019

Very good book

Brain over binge it exactly that once I realized the power my lower brain had over me and felt were my true urges to binge were coming from it all made sense, yes you will be stressed yes you will still have emotions that force you into thinking you need to binge but they are separate and nothing not to do with wanting to over eat. You can retrain your brain when it comes to binge eating, just learn to become a watcher of your own body and brain and you will see how your own brain is doing the survival thing. Loosing weight is fine once you do it smartly. . Can you so much to this lady for sharing your story you truly helped me with my binging .If you still struggle with your weight then I can help you at bodyexistence.com .Very best of luck to everyone struggling with weight issues and food. You can form a healthy relationship with the help of others you just have to reach out

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  • Deb
  • 23-01-2017

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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