Beyond a Shadow of a Diet: The Comprehensive Guide to Treating Binge Eating Disorder, Compulsive Eating, and Emotional Overeating


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About the Author

Judith Matz, LCSW, is a Clinical Social Worker specializing in eating and weight issues since 1986. She is co-author of The Diet Survivor's Handbook: 60 Lessons in Eating, Acceptance and Self-Care, Director of The Chicago Center for Overcoming Overeating, Inc., and has a private practice. Judith is a frequent presenter at local and national conferences. Descriptions of her work have appeared in the media including the LA Times, Fitness, Good Housekeeping, Self, Shape, Today's Dietitian, Diabetes Self-Management, Psychotherapy Networker, and NBC News Chicago with Nesita Kwan, and she appears in the documentary America The Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments.

Ellen Frankel, LCSW, worked in the field of eating disorder treatment and prevention for over 20 years and is currently a full-time writer. Her books include The Diet Survivor's Handbook, Revolution of Jewish Spirit, Beyond Measure and Syd Arthur. Ellen serves as a consultant, is a popular speaker at workshops and conferences, and has appeared in both print and TV media, including CNN, Fox News, the CBS Early Show, and Dr. Phil.


"Beautifully written! This compassionate edition offers both professionals and the public a powerful avenue toward healing." Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch, authors of Intuitive Eating

"Binge Eating Disorder is finally recognized as a separate and distinct eating disorder and now we have the most current 'go-to' resource for clinicians...This new edition presents a full menu of information and interventions - all the ingredients for a new, improved, and, at-last, effective treatment approach so that we can all literally get 'beyond a shadow of a diet.'" Margo Maine, PhD, FAED, CEDS, author of Treatment of Eating Disorders and The Body Myth

"In a culture where dysfunctional relationships with food, exercise, body size, and body image are the norm, Beyond a Shadow of a Diet is a beacon of light guiding the clinician to curiosity about his/her own beliefs around body sizes, weight, and health. Matz and Frankel have taken the strong foundation of their first edition and built upon what should be required reading for any therapist or healthcare provider." Chevese Turner, Founder, President & CEO, Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA)

"Phenomenal! This riveting, state of the art book should be mandatory for all therapists and other health professionals." Linda Bacon, PhD, author of Health At Every Size

"Much like a wonderful dining experience, Beyond a Shadow of a Diet leaves one feeling fully satisfied and wholly content. Each of the three courses (that is, sections!) is served up beautifully, moving from The Problem, to The Treatment, to what everyone is expectantly waiting for- The Solution. The scope of the book is epic, yet its language is clear, detailed and easy to swallow, despite the breadth and depth of the topics covered. It's all here - research, statistics, history, philosophy, wellness, ethics, culture, bodies and brains. This is a book that details 'what's wrong' without resorting to bias, blame or catastrophizing - and goes on to exquisitely present how to make things 'right'. This one gets a 5 star rating." Adrienne Ressler, LMSW, CEDS, Vice President, Professional Development, The Renfrew Center Foundation

"Beyond a Shadow of a Diet is, beyond a doubt, a wonderful guide for therapists (actually, all clinicians) who are frustrated with diet and weight-focused messages that compound their clients' struggles with eating. It is a comprehensive guide for moving beyond the old, ineffective cultural paradigm to attuned eating, self-acceptance, and a compassionate, whole-person approach."  Michelle May, MD, co-author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat for Binge Eating: A Mindful Eating Program for Healing Your Relationship with Food and Your Body.

"Our culture's obsession with thinness has blinded us to the truth, and it is the truth that Matz and Frankel give us in their informative and important updated book.  Beyond A Shadow of A Diet not only separates fact from fiction but helps anyone suffering with a weight issue - as well as professionals who seek to help them - gain the knowledge and strategy necessary to let go of weight stigma and the diet mentality and, instead, embrace true health. This book is a mandatory read and a dream come true for anyone interested in the broad issue of weight and health. The authors have done the necessary and comprehensive research it takes to find the gems we all need to know and will benefit from." Carolyn Costin, Founder & Executive Clinical Director, Monte Nido and Affiliates, Author of 8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder

"This is the book we've been missing! It has it all; the latest neuroscience, practical clinical skills, mindfulness tools and stories we can use to help our clients make peace with food, their bodies, and themselves. In Beyond a Shadow of a Diet, Matz and Frankel give us everything we need to advance a health-focused, weight-neutral, non-diet framework. I dare anyone to read it and not walk away with a comprehensive understanding of the paradigm and how to effectively impart it to others." Ellen Shuman, Founder of A Weigh Out, Past President of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA)

"This book belongs on the bookshelf of every therapist and dietitian. These two gifted authors answer the question of what to do when your client wants to lose weight. They cover the essential concepts of body image counseling that you never got in school. Scientific evidence and lively case study examples are sprinkled throughout, bringing the book to life and leaving you with a new confidence for a hopeful future." Dawn Clifford, PhD, RD, Associate Professor and Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics, California State University, Chico

"What an incredible resource for clinicians working in the field of eating disorders! How refreshing to read such accurate and helpful information from professionals who not only truly understand the Health At Every Size model, but offer such skillful application for treatment interventions.  I have already recommended BASOAD to those I supervise and will continue to do so over and over again with peers, colleagues and skeptics. To include points of discussion for clinicians to evaluate their own bias in the areas of weight, body image and dieting is pure genius and essential for being effective in this field. Thank you and bravo to Ellen and Judith for masterfully crafting such a valuable resource; this is the newest staple on my bookshelf." Juliet Zuercher, RD, Timberline Knolls Clinical Development Institute, Faculty Member

"This brilliantly written book is a must-read for any therapist seeking an effective and compassionate treatment for binge eating disorder or compulsive overeating." Rhonda Lee Benner, LCSW, The New England Eating Disorders Program at Mercy Hospital

"Bravo!  A compassionate, extraordinarily thorough, and helpful guide for therapists struggling with their own and their clients' obsessions with body image and binge or compulsive eating.  [It] offers a truly effective approach to the culturally induced preoccupation with body size that so often derails treatment.  Life-changing on both sides of the consulting room." Jane R. Hirschmann and Carol H. Munter, authors of Overcoming Overeating and When Women Stop Hating Their Bodies

"Based on the latest research, this book presents the cutting edge consensus among doctors, nutritionists, size acceptance activists, eating disorders treatment providers, and obesity specialists on the best practices in treatment today. This is a wonderful and comprehensive resource to guide therapists who work to free their clients from body hatred and eating disorders." Elizabeth Scott and Connie Sobczak, Co-Founders, The Body Positive

"This book is a gem! The authors have compiled a definitive, powerful and highly readable justification for shifting the paradigm in our understanding of issues of weight and health. Just the right mix of science, theory, and practical application." Jon Robison, Assistant Professor, Michigan State University

"In updating Beyond a Shadow of a Diet, Judith Matz & Ellen Frankel have assured that their original masterpiece will remain THE go-to treatment guide for not only binge eating disorder but the vast continuum of behaviors leading to their development. Since every therapeutic client needs to be assessed for eating issues, this book ought to be in the hands of every therapist. At the very minimum, this book will provide the foundation for a 'Do No Harm' approach and at most, it may well transform the professional's life as thoroughly as it will their client's." Doris Smeltzer, author of Andrea's Voice, Silenced by Bulimia & President of

"This new edition of Matz and Frankel's already remarkable book is now even better--providing meticulous guidance to effectively intervene with binge and compulsive eating. Readers who may have previously blamed the victim for their 'lack of willpower' or larger size will understand that recovery, health, and wellbeing occur when people are helped to compassionately accept, reconnect with, listen, and respond to their body's needs. This book should be required reading for all people working in health and mental health." Kathy Kater, LICSW, Author of Healthy Bodies: Teaching Kids What They Need To Know curriculum

"In this eye-opening book, Judith Matz and Ellen Frankel invite therapists to explore their own attitudes toward weight so they can help their patients find a healthy relationship with food. This is essential required reading for all clinical therapists. It is also highly recommended for anyone who wants to help a friend, child, or themselves develop a healthier relationship with food." Abigail C. Saguy, author of What's Wrong with Fat?