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  • Compulsive eaters are people whose hands or minds move toward food when they are not at all hungry. Compulsive eating has nothing to do with the size of your body. Compulsive eaters come in all shapes and sizes. Compulsive eating has to do with how many hours you spend preoccupied with thoughts about what you are eating and what you look like. The Overcoming Overeating (OO) approach does not address eating disorders; it addresses dieting disorders—the casualties of the diet industry.
  • Compulsive eating may seem self-destructive, but it is always an attempt at self-help.

  • Diets never, ever solve eating and weight problems. Diets cause compulsive eating.

  • Significant change flows only from self-acceptance—never from self-contempt.

  • Food is not the compulsive eater's problem—it is the solution. The Overcoming Overeating approach teaches people how to eat their way out of an eating problem!

For a more in-depth view of the principles of the Overcoming Overeating approach, read Overcoming Overeating and When Women Stop Hating Their Bodies by Jane R. Hirschmann & Carol H. Munter. (See our Books Pages for detailed information on these and other related books, as well as ordering information.)

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