When You Eat at the Refrigerator, Pull Up a Chair: 50 Ways to Feel Thin, Gorgeous, and Happy {When You Feel Anything But}

ISBN: 0786885084
ISBN 13: 9780786885084
By: Geneen Roth Anne Lamott

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About this book

Geneen Roth's pioneering books were among the first to link overeating and compulsive dieting with deeply personal issues that go far beyond weight and body image. Now, in this fun, practical book, she helps readers radically shift their relationships with food and find more life-affirming ways to care for themselves. With an exhilarating combination of intelligence and wicked good humor, she offers bite-sized pieces of invaluable wisdom.

Reader's Thoughts


Geneen Roth provides a refreshingly honest perspective on emotional eating; I found this book to be charming, funny, and so very applicable. I highly recommend.


This was my second Geneen Roth book and loved it as much as the first. It is a collection of short vignettes (sp?) each loaded with meaning. I pulled so much information from this audio book that I am not deleting it from my iPod to listen to when the mood strikes me. This woman seriously knows her stuff.


I'm looking forward to this ('after Women, Food, God...' because that's all the Duke Library has); Geneen's wit, empathy and insight were very helpful during therapy for ED several years ago.I am rediscovering her now at a time where I'm finding myself needing more support after a huge life, career and geography change....

Nicolette Anderson

This is a fantastic book! A great book for anyone who feels like they are putting things on hold in their life, waiting for the moment when they are finally thin...Geneen Roth does an excellent job discussing the dieting-gain weight dance, and how you can let go of this and have a healthy and happier life. For anyone who is constantly putting themselves down about their weight, this is a book well worth reading.

Laura Craner

So I don't normally read diet books and this is more of an un-diet book, but I liked it. Sage advice for anyone who has a mixed relationship with food. Not all of the tips applied to me (I have no desire to wear fancy clothes to the grocery store and doing something "luxurious" for myself each day seems silly), but a lot of them were spot on.


Gosh darn, this is a book for me, and for anyone else working on a lifelong goal of having a healthy relationship with food! It's funny, loaded with common sense, with old and new information to remind me of how to strike the right balance with food.


Supposedly for compulsive eaters, but lots of good general life advice for everyone served up in succinct 2-page snippets.


If you have food issues, Geneen Roth offers a different and refreshing outlook on what is really involved in weight management.

Lisa Vegan

This is my least favorite Geneen Roth book. I was/am a huge fan of her earlier books. Her perspective about eating disorders is right on the mark and she’s very funny. But this book had to much advice; in her earlier books she shares her story, in an even more helpful manner, and trusts the reader to leave the particulars up to them. It’s still worth reading but I highly recommend her books published before this one.


Bought this book for its great title, and to see if I could gain any wisdom to help a person I love who was struggling with an ED. Was drawn in by its humor and compassion and sense of joy. A gem.


I love Geneen Roth's books. This has to be one of my favorites so far.


Very practical and easy-to-understand wisdom written with a wonderful sense of humour. Roth makes it easy to relate to the things she talks about in the book. And she makes you feel very human with your challenges while doing it!


Tips on how to feel good about yourself when you feel anything but! The author is funny and entertaining and has some really good ideas!


An amazing view about our relationship to food and why we eat the way we do. The first book I've ever read that says the way to be at a healthy weight is to be kind to yourself.


By page 14, I already know that this book was going to change my life. Geneen has an against-the-grain look at dieting, weight loss and cultural expectations of women, and has already made me question the way I treat my appetites and my body. I am looking forward to reading this book again and again.

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