Researchers from the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, Wesleyan University and Rutgers University have been studying the effectiveness of a self-help book - 'Overcoming Binge Eating' - by Professor Christopher Fairburn from Oxford University. They studied 123 people, half of whom read the book and took part in a six-step, self-help programme based on it. The programme used self-monitoring, self-control and problem-solving strategies and was made up of eight therapy sessions over the course of 12 weeks. By the end of the programme 63.5% of the participants who followed it had stopped bingeing, compared to only 28.5% of those who did not participate; after a year the figures were 64.2% and 44.6% respectively.
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