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Chevese Turner circa 1973

"For people struggling with binge eating, there is desperate hope the behavior will somehow stop, and the nightmare emotional rollercoaster will end. There is much promise, propagated by well-oiled marketing efforts, that the newest weight loss plan will be successful. Time and again, however, this desire for change will be thwarted by the overwhelming drive to eat. Without an understanding of what is really going on psychologically and physiologically, the urge to binge will remain far more powerful than the hope to stop. In fact, as we will discover, binge eating is an extraordinarily adaptive behavior that becomes entrenched with time and repetition. By the time people seek treatment, binge eating rarely feels like much of a “choice” anymore. One of my clients said it this way: “My decision to binge is not a conscious choice in the moment. For me, binge eating feels like I’m outrunning the floodwaters of my life. Eating produces a sensation of shelter.”"

--Amy Pershing, LMSW, ACSW, Author

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"Required reading! Through personal stories and professional expertise, Amy and Chevese offer a powerful psychological and weight-inclusive understanding of Binge Eating Disorder. It's imperative that professionals understand how to help their clients who struggle with out-of-control eating, and that the millions of people who struggle with BED lose the shame and blame that can accompany this diagnosis. Binge Eating Disorder offers these solutions."

―Judith Matz, LCSW, co-author of The Diet Survivor’s Handbook and Beyond a Shadow of a Diet

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