As we come to understand that it is a combination of genetic, cultural, and behavioral factors that influence both the body shape and body image of an individual, we also see that not all therapists are well equipped to deal with the multitude of issues that can arise when self-esteem intersects with health and social expectations. Beyond a Shadow of a Diet is the first comprehensive look at the dynamics and treatment of compulsive eating within the context of both extrinsic and internal expectations of body image. This book synthesizes a theoretical framework with case studies, research, and practical strategies in order to provide the therapist with a new paradigm for the effective treatment of compulsive eating. The authors provide the reader with the necessary tools, while encouraging the practitioners themselves to reexamine their own assumptions regarding body size and food. This uniquely powerful book presents a method of solving, rather than controlling, compulsive eating, enabling both therapist and client to become more fully aware of our complex relationships with food, our bodies, ourselves, and each other.