Geneen Roth is a New York Times bestselling author of self help books for
people with eating disorders.
Her books are based upon her own experiences and
often include stories from participants of her workshops.
For over 30 years,
Roth has been teaching others how to overcome emotional eating and cultivate
healthy habits with food.
Her books speak to overeaters, binge and purge eaters,
chronic dieters, and anyone who uses food as a substitute for love or as an
About Geneen Roth
Roth shares that she had
a deprived childhood and it led to a years-long struggle with compulsive eating
and chronic dieting. She felt food was the one thing she could control and the
one thing that wouldn't leave her by walking out or dying. Eventually she
realized her overeating was linked to her continual dieting and that it had an
emotional cause. When she resolved her emotional problems, and opened herself to
love, her weight stabilized.
Geneen Roth began to teach others what she
had learned and eventually compiled techniques they could use to overcome
compulsive eating. She wrote a book on the experiences with her students and
taught the techniques to readers too. Her books were bestsellers, and Roth
became more involved in hosting workshops and retreats to help people develop
their spiritual natures and break their bad habits with food.
Roth was on the Oprah show on multiple occasions and has had many other media
appearances over the years including 20/20, Good Morning America, and The View.
She has been written about in several leading newspapers and magazines such as
Time, Cosmopolitan, and Elle.
The Message of Geneen Roth
teaches that constant dieting and compulsive eating have their roots in
spiritual and deeply personal issues. They are not only about food and body
image. She teaches that the relationship with food is an expression of deep
beliefs about the amount of joy, pain, or abundance people allow themselves to
have. Roth offers techniques that are based in kindness and understanding rather
than the usual poor self image responses that are punitive, harsh, and
unforgiving. Geneen Roth teaches seven sets of eating guidelines along with self
inquiry and meditation to cultivate natural eating.
Books by Geneen
• "Why Weight? A Guide to Ending Compulsive Eating
" is a book and ebook that was published in 1989. This book helps readers overcome the
binge-diet cycle and learn how to make peace with food. She provides specific
techniques taken from her workshops that help dieters lose weight and keep it
off. She covers concepts such as making food a source of pleasure rather than
anxiety, finding other pleasures in life, learning how to recognize the body's
full and hungry signals, understanding what drives the compulsion to overeat,
and distinguishing between emotional and physical hunger.
• "When Food Is
Love: Exploring the Relationship Between Eating and Intimacy
" was published in
1992 and is available as a book and ebook. In this book, Geneen Roth tells
readers how emotional eating and compulsive dieting can actually substitute for
real intimacy. The book contains stories from Roth's past as well as accounts of
emotional eating from those she helped in lectures and seminars. Roth covers
various aspects of emotional eating such as the need for control, the desire for
the forbidden, and addiction to melodrama. She offers hope that change is
possible by breaking self destructive patterns using the self help advice in
• "Breaking Free from Compulsive Eating
" is a book and ebook
that was published in 1993. In it, Geneen Roth explains the concept of
compulsive eating and the forms it takes. She links it to continual dieting and
emotional eating. In addition to telling stories from her life and others she
has helped, Roth offers readers self help advice they can implement to develop
healthier relationships with food.
• "Feeding the Hungry Heart: The
Experience of Compulsive Eating
" was published in 1993 and is available as a
book only. In this book, Geneen Roth tells of her battle with binge and purge
eating. She spent years overeating followed by self starvation. She eventually
healed herself and developed healthy eating habits and went on to teach what she
learned to others. This book also contains stories from others she helped
overcome emotional eating disorders.
• "Appetites: On the Search for True
" was published in 1997 and is a book, ebook, and audio book. In this
work, Geneen Roth shares more of her personal experiences as they related to
self esteem and eating issues. She offers positive self help advice to readers
about separating food from self esteem, happiness, and spirituality. She
explains emotional hunger needs to be filled with something besides food such as
love and spiritual growth.
• "When You Eat at the Refrigerator, Pull Up a
Chair: 50 Ways to Feel Thin, Gorgeous, and Happy (When You Feel Anything But)
is a book, ebook, and audio book that was published in 1999. In this book,
Geneen Roth offers readers light hearted bits of self help advice to help
overcome relationship problems with food. She offers techniques such as doing
one nice thing a day, eating one hot meal a day, going on an anti-diet, and
separating wanting to be thin from wanting to be loved.
• "Breaking Free
from Emotional Eating
" is a book and ebook that was published in 2003. In this
work, Geneen Roth shares self help advice she teaches in her seminars. The tips
she offers helps readers overcome their compulsions toward emotional eating and
form more healthy eating patterns.
• "The Craggy Hole in My Heart and the
Cat Who Fixed It: Over the Edge and Back with My Dad, My Cat, and Me
" is a book
and ebook that was published in 2005. This is a story about Roth's cat and her
father, and how they taught her about living with love. Written with her usual
wit, the book is funny and poignant. It helps readers understand the importance
of love and how to never live without it.
• "Women Food and God: An
Unexpected Path to Almost Everything
" was published in 2011 and is available as
a book, ebook, and audio book. This book is the culmination of 30 years of
research into the subject of food compulsions. Geneen Roth explains how
relationships with food mirror feelings of anger, love, fear, and even
relationships with God. She tells readers that eating patterns are a direct
reflection of feelings about life. This self help book teaches readers how to go
beyond food compulsions and explore the deep realms of soul and spirit.
"Lost and Found: One Woman's Story of Losing Her Money and Finding Her Life
published in 2012 and is available as a book, ebook, and audio book. In this
work, Geneen Roth compares relationships with finances to relationships with
food. She found there are many similarities such as emotional buying,
overspending followed by budgeting, feelings of insecurity, and self sabotage.
She discovered this after she lost much of her money in the Bernard Madoff
scandal. She faced uncertainty, financial turbulence, and a reversal of fortune
that created many of the same emotional triggers she had in her battle with
Learning More from Geneen Roth
last three decades, Roth has taught tens of thousands of people her techniques
for overcoming compulsive eating. She is a popular speaker at self improvement
conferences around the country and holds workshops and retreats.
also developed online, self-paced retreats for those who cannot learn from her
in person. The workshops and retreats are designed to help participants identify
the reasons for their emotional eating and to understand that their bodies
reflect their inner thinking. Roth then offers natural eating principles that
she calls an anti-diet, that are kind and gentle, so eating food becomes
Roth also helps participants work through their life
issues, discover their inner voice, and deepen their spiritual growth. Geneen
Roth has helped thousands of people resolve emotional issues, stabilize at a
natural weight, and experience more love. She does so in a witty way that makes
her books a joy to read. She doesn't hold back from revealing her own weaknesses
or the pain she experienced during her own journey to wholeness and that earns
her respect from readers and workshop participants.
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