I don’t read very many self help books, because I’m not a touchy-feely kind of person. However, like many women my age, I’ve been fighting my own personal battles with food for many years now. There’s no magic bullet for compulsive eating, but Geneen Roth is one of the only experts who’s books really focus on binge eating, rather than anorexia or bulemia. This book is not a magic cure for your eating problems, or self esteem problems or anxiety, or loneliness, or whatever troubles you.
But it is the first book or essay I’ve read where I thought “she gets it.” She doesn’t make working through your issues sound easy like many other sources – because it’s not. She recognizes it’s exhausting and tricky and you have to be willing to spend a lot of time feeling uncomfortable things which you might not like.
And her descriptions of what it feels like to feel so powerless over your eating habits is scarily accurate. It’s a beautifully written book, and it really gets at the core of what it feels like to stress out about eating in public, or what it feels like to binge alone, or that rush when you finally break your latest ludicrous diet.