Crave: Why you Binge Eat and How to Stop

Quick Overview

Cynthia Bulik, director of the UNC Eating Disorders Progamme, is a foremost authority on binge eating(BED). BED can affect anyone, and can be caused by brain chemistry, genetic predisposition, psychology, and cultural pressures–but none of those triggers make giving in to food cravings inevitable. Crave helps readers understand why they crave specific foods, recognize their individual triggers, and modify their responses to those triggers. Binge eating disorder is highly treatable; 70% to 80% of patients at the UNC Eating Disorders Program triumph over their binge eating by using techniques to “curb the crave”. Through the stories of some of these patients–men and women, young and old–and with the guidance of Bulik, readers will develop a variety of strategies to use in conquering their cravings and establishing healthy eating habits.

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Health Professional Review

Health Professional Reviewer: Faye Hanna, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Primary Mental Health. Reviewed 10 February 2013.

Book Title: Crave (Why you Binge Eat and How to Stop)

Author(s): Cynthia M. Bulik is the director of the University of North Carolina Eating Disorders Program, a professor of eating disorders in the department of psychiatry at UNC at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, a professor of nutrition in the School of Public Health and a fellow of the Academy of Eating Disorders. She is also a co-author of Runaway Eating.

Date published: 2009

Suitable for: For people with poor eating habits and in particular, binge eating. It is directed at a higher reading age so more suitable for 14 plus.

Problems addressed: Binge Eating.

Book Summary: 

The first half of the book is packed full of classic examples of people with poor eating habits and the psychological and biological reasons for this. The second half provides management strategies and suggestions for changing the behaviour.


  • Provision of reasons why binge eating occurs and some good solutions for managing change.
  • There is a great deal of information and would give the reader great insight into their own possible reasons for binge eating.
  • It also provides hope for ability to change.
  • The of information provided historically, geographically and culturally.
  • This is an excellent resource for clinicians.
  • It provides further recommended reading.


There is a great deal of information included in the book and the  style of writing moves at times between having a strong medical format and at other times very informal so these two factors could be perceived as an overload of information. While this may be viewed as a strength it could possibly also be a weakness.

Culturally it is very American orientated which again could be regarded as a strength or a weakness depending on one’s personal experience and viewpoint of society.


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