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I don’t “just” overeat! What’s wrong with me?

By Michelle May, M.D.

woman shusshingOver the last 14 years of working with people who are struggling to find a peaceful, balanced relationship with food, I’ve met many who say they don’t “just” overeat.

Whether they describe their struggle as “bingeing,” “compulsive eating,” “emotional eating,” or “food addiction,” they all talk about shame and secrecy. They often say, “I thought I was the only one who did this.”

That’s why when Am I Hungry?® Facilitator Kari Anderson DBH LPC, an eating disorder therapist with over 20 years of experience, asked me to collaborate with her to develop an Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating Program specifically for binge eating and conduct research for her doctorate, I jumped at the chance.

The results have been nothing short of inspiring. I am still humbled and amazed by the power of mindful eating to heal a painful relationship with food. People who have been trapped in a binge eating cycle for years–or even decades–are finally finding freedom.


About the author

Michelle May, M.D. is a recovered yo-yo dieter and the founder of the Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Programs and Training. She is the award-winning author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat: A Mindful Eating Program to Break Your Eat-Repent-Repeat Cycle , winner of seven publishing awards. She is also the author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat with Diabetes, Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat for Binge Eating, and Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating for Bariatric Surgery. Michelle shares her compelling message and constructive keynotes with audiences around the country, offers workplace wellness programs, and has trained and licensed hundreds of health professionals to facilitate Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Programs worldwide. She has been featured on Dr. Oz, the Discovery Health Channel, and Oprah Radio, and quoted in Diabetic Living, Fitness, Health, Huffington Post, Parents, Self, USA Weekend, US News & World Report, WebMD and many others. Her personal success story was published in Chicken Soup for the Dieter's Soul. Michelle cherishes her relationships with her husband, Owen and grown children, Tyler and Elyse. She regularly enjoys practicing yoga and hiking near her home in Phoenix, Arizona. She and Owen, a professional chef, share a passion for gourmet and healthful cooking, wine tasting, photography, and traveling.

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