Fed Up! is an important new book aimed squarely at the masses (mostly women) who are making themselves miserable and unhealthy by dieting. In Fed Up, Dr. Wendy Oliver-Pyatt - herself a survivor of bulimia as well as a medical doctor and psychiatrist specializing in mild to life-threatening eating disorders - provides ample evidence of the epidemic proportions of this problem and its devastating effects on people's physical and mental health (both short-term and long-term). She provides checklists to help readers recognize how "at risk" they may be, and offers a rare, personal, compassionate perspective as someone who has personally suffered from an eating disorder. (Now a happy, healthy, working mom, Dr. Oliver-Pyatt will be a great spokesperson for the book and an immediately appealing role model for her readers.) Dr. Oliver-Pyatt's view is that dieting is a self-destructive behavior that millions of people practice for most of their lives--with counterproductive, destructive, and completely exhausting results. Obviously, this makes no rational sense, and this book begins by taking a look at why so many otherwise smart people persist, redoubling their dieting and/or exercise efforts with each attempt to lose weight. The book then moves on to a comprehensive ten-step plan to help people understand their own attitudes and behaviors and create a health-promoting, sustainable lifestyle - without ever counting another calorie or a fat gram, stepping on a scale, fearing "fattening" foods, or feeling guilty for missing a workout. Although there are countless diets books on the market, this one has a lot to offer: It is medically sound (written by a respected MD specializing in overcoming eating disorders), its author will appeal to the target audience (she has overcome an eating disorder and is now a happy, healthy working mum), and it takes a holistic, intelligent approach to adopting a fit lifestyle. Another appealing aspect is that the book does not try to sell the reader anything - no meal plans, no supplements, no "ab rollers," etc. Finally, the book is clearly written with a tone that blends rigorous professionalism with a natural approachability.
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"Many of you try diet after diet with no success, while others have given up on the idea of ever reaching your ideal body weight. No matter what form your struggle with weight takes, the Ten Step No-Diet Fitness Plan will enable you to lose excess pounds permanently and have a relaxed relationship with food. This is my wish for you." – Dr. Wendy Oliver-PyattFrom the Back Cover:
Consumers spend $30 billion a year on diet programs, pills, and special foods, yet none of these products seems to deliver lasting results. The truth is that between 95 and 98 percent of dieters fail to keep weight off permanently. Worse still, many actually gain weight because dieting distorts the natural human ability to sense internal cues of satiety and well-being. Dieting wreaks havoc on the mind, body, and soul.
The weight-loss industry preys on human insecurities. The media bombard us with advertisements for new diets, weight-loss creams, body wraps, and expensive exercise equipment. Frustrated and overwhelmed, many eventually give up on the idea of ever reaching a healthy or normal weight. The simple truth is that we haven't failed dieting. Dieting has failed us.
For years, Wendy Oliver-Pyatt, M.D., suffered through countless diets that eventually led to bulimia. She was a victim of weight cycling--the medical term describing the agonizing merry-go-round of losing and gaining weight, starving and bingeing. Through a long process of self-discovery, she broke free from the prison of dieting and found her way to a healthy, fit lifestyle. Since then, Dr. Oliver-Pyatt has spent much of her career developing a program to help men and women free themselves from dieting and lose weight safely and permanently. Her techniques are based on her personal and professional understanding of the complex reasons people become caught up in an endless cycle of dieting.
Not just another diet book, Fed Up! is a medically backed resource that takes a holistic, intelligent approach to adopting and maintaining a fit lifestyle. Here, Dr. Oliver-Pyatt introduces the Ten-Step, No-Diet Fitness Plan that combines the power of psychology and medicine to help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight for a lifetime. Step-by-step, she demonstrates how you can free yourself from weight problems forever.
"Fed Up! offers the definitive solution to America's weight problem and food preoccupation. It should be read by anyone who has tried at dieting and failed, and by parents who want to see their children develop healthy bodies and minds."
--Leah Schenk, M.D., Reproductive Endocrinologist and Infertility Expert
"I highly recommend Fed Up! as very important reading for the countless men and women who have spent their lives struggling unsuccessfully with weight control. Fed Up! clearly outlines a ten-step living program that will lead to successful long-term weight management and a pleasurable relationship with self and food, as well as with your body.
--David A. Rosin, M.D., state medical director, Department of Mental Health and Developmental Services, State of Nevada, and former director of the Eating Disorders Center at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital
"In a powerfully, redefining exercise, Fed Up! offers unique intuitive tools and a perspective that will help the reader gain and maintain a fitness program that will lead to long-term physical health."
--Gus Williams, former NBA player and member of the Seattle Supersonics championship team
Forget fancy meal plans, supplements, and gimmicky exercise machines. Fed Up! delivers what you've been waiting for: a comprehensive ten-step plan to help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight for a lifetime. Doctor and diet survivor Wendy Oliver-Pyatt shares her own story of how she survived and conquered an eating disorder. With compassion and insight, she shows how you too can reverse the relentless cycle of dieting and weight gain and ultimately achieve the beautiful body you deserve!
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Book Description McGraw-Hill Companies, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P11007138331X