Also known as BED, Binge Eating Disorder is characterized by recurrent episodes of severe over eating in the absence of any form of compensatory behaviors (such as exercise, self induced vomiting, etc.). A person suffering from Binge Eating Disorder feels out of control and unable to stop while they are binge eating. A typical binge will involve a large amount of food consumed over a short period of time. After a binge the person will typically feel physically ill from over eating and they will suffer from severe guilt, self-loathing and shame.
People with binge eating disorder frequently suffer from other mental health issues as well such as depression, anxiety, etc. These conditions are known to exacerbate binge eating in part because of their accompanying cognitive distortions. For example, “all or nothing” thinking where the person who is binging thinks “I have already blown it, so I might as well keep eating”.
There is Help for Binge Eating Disorder
It is difficult to know how many people engage in binge eating because it is a behavior that is most often done in secret. However it is commonly reported that the highest incidences of BED occur during adolescence and the early twenties. These are stressful times in life with so many changes occurring physically, socially, occupationally etc., food can be used as a distraction or a source of comfort or pleasure. Food is dependable because it is always there. Unfortunately this is a vicious cycle that often leads to health problems such as obesity, diabetes, depression, anxiety and much more.
How do you treat Binge Eating Disorder?
Our three part treatment for binge eating disorder addresses the following concerns:
- Cessation of destructive eating patterns.
- Resolving underlying emotional issues that exacerbate the desire for food.
- Acquisition of necessary coping skills for maintaining healthful habits.
If you suspect your child has an eating disorder, please read our warning signs page for more information. If you are ready to get help, call us now at 888-948-9998.