The mind behind hunger (2019) by Stefania Rossi, a book on the relationship between food and emotions – Review
The mind behind hunger is mainly devoted to those who suffer from a negative relationship with food. The author, expert in the treatment of eating disorders, examines the real needs and requirements that determine the onset of emotional hunger.
The mind behind hunger is a book that deals with the theme of the relationship with food starting from the emotions related to nervous hunger, proposing a path of lifestyle change and of the thought patterns that lead to emotional compensation food behaviors. The theoretical model refers to Dialectical-Behavioral therapy which is effective in the treatment of bulimia and uncontrolled nutrition or bing eating disorder.
The author, Stefania Rossi, psychologist and psychotherapist, contract professor at the University of Genoa, has been dealing with the treatment of eating disorders for several years, in this essay she traces the steps that lead to emotional hunger with the reader and shows the most effective tools to learn to live the relationship with food serenely.
Emotional hunger is a feeling of urgency, an urgent need to eat to get better if you are nervous, sad, angry, bored or anxious and not for real need for nourishment. Using food to regulate emotions is indicative of how behind the feeding there is a deep and complex bond between the psyche and the body.
The manual published by the Toscana Book publishing house is divided into eleven chapters:
The mind behind hunger is mainly devoted to those who suffer from a negative relationship with food. The author, expert in the treatment of eating disorders, examines the real needs and necessities that determine the onset of emotional hunger, with the aim of leading the public to learn the tools that can allow them to better manage their lives, promoting the acquisition of a healthier lifestyle based on real psycho-physical well-being.
Also included in the text are the illustration of typical DBT exercises, such as the mindfulness session, the analysis of the emotional chain, the diary of emotions, acting effectively, self-respect and many others that once learned lead the reader to a cognitive restructuring.
It is useful because for those who have problems with food, going on a diet is not enough, indeed many times it exposes to failure and loss of self-confidence. It is useful because it is a manual capable of combining the theory of pathological food functioning with practical exercises aimed at overcoming the use of food as a symptom of a void and an emotional discomfort.
It is not limited to the descriptions of the techniques, but promotes change through the recognition and acceptance of one’s emotions and leads to the improvement of one’s lifestyle also through the introduction of new and healthy habits. All illustrated in a language accessible to any reader.
It is ideal for guiding the work of psychologists and psychotherapists who have to manage patients engaged in the fight against an eating disorder offering themselves as professional support, but reading is equally advisable also for those who primarily feel they do not have a peaceful relationship with the food.