A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from May 31, 2013
“One bite means a binge”

The book Food for Thought: Daily Meditations for Overeaters (1992; first edition 1980), by Elizabeth L. and published by the Hazelden Foundation, contains a much-cited passage:

“One Bite Means a Binge
By this time, we know that we do not overeat moderately. One extra compulsive bite sooner or later becomes a binge.  One extra compulsive bite sooner or later becomes a binge. Keeping this fact firmly planted in our consciousness prevents us from deluding ourselves into disaster. For us, there is abstinence or there is chaos. Nothing in between.”


The saying is popular with overeaters and has been said to have been used by the organization Overeaters Anonymous.


Google Books
Food for Thought:
Daily Meditations for Overeaters

By Elizabeth L.
Center City, MN: Hazelden Foundation
1992 (First edition published in 1980)
Pg. 27:
One Bite Means a Binge
By this time, we know that we do not overeat moderately. One extra compulsive bite sooner or later becomes a binge.  One extra compulsive bite sooner or later becomes a binge. Keeping this fact firmly planted in our consciousness prevents us from deluding ourselves into disaster. For us, there is abstinence or there is chaos. Nothing in between.

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Board Digest
9/10/09
Message #14: HELP!!
Posted by: dorsy1943 Date: Sep 9, 2009.
Ruby, there is a saying in overeaters anonymous--"One bite means a binge”.

Dr. McDougall’s Health and Medical Center Discussion Board
didi
Posted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 3:21 am
(...)
Didi P.S. Overeaters Anonymous has a saying--"A bite means a binge”. Maybe there are some who can take a little taste and stop at that. Unfortunately I am not one of them. Complete abstinence from unhealthful food is the only thing that works for me.

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