- Do you feel out of control around certain types of food?
- Do you feel like you eat until you get physically sick in response to certain emotions?
- When your eating feels out of control are you also finding that you’re eating much more rapidly than normal?
- Do you sometimes eat alone out of embarrassment? Do you feel depressed or guilty after eating large amounts of food?
You may be suffering from binge eating disorder. Clients often use the following terms to describe binge eating disorder: food addiction, compulsive overeating, loss of control eating.
Treatment for Binge Eating Disorder:
Clients struggling with binge eating or compulsive overeating will benefit from an evidence-based treatment approach.
One of the first things we will do in treatment is structure food intake. If you go too long without eating, you put yourself at greater risk for binge eating. We will start by having you get on a schedule of eating something every 3-4 hours.
Another focus of treatment will be moving away from all-or-nothing thinking around food. Clients who struggle with binge eating often have a long standing history of dieting and thinking about food as “good” or “bad.” Together we will work towards having you feel comfortable around all different types of foods and having a more balanced approach to eating. With that said, we will also focus on mindful eating which will help you learn what types of foods your body responds well to and which types of foods your body doesn’t respond well to. Your choice in what types of foods to eat will come from learning about what works for your body instead of what some arbitrary diet says you should and shouldn’t eat.
Lastly, we will focus on emotional triggers for binge eating. Binge eating often serves as a means for suppressing or avoiding difficult emotions. Using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), we will work towards understanding what those difficult emotions are for you and how to go about managing them in a healthy way.
Upon overcoming binge eating, clients can begin behavioral weight loss treatment if medically indicated.
Medical Complications of Binge Eating Disorder
Approximately 25% of those suffering from obesity report binge eating. Binge eating disorder complications are similar to medical complications associated with obesity:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Heart disease
- Type II diabetes
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Edema (swelling)