Many people with binge eating disorder have an extensive history of attempts at dieting and weight loss. Often, these attempts can have short term success with an end result of gaining back the weight lost (and sometimes more). Over time, these “failures” grow in the impact they have on a person’s physical and mental health. There is also often a lack of recognition that the person has a disorder and that the solution is not as simple as eat less and exercise more.
Binge eating disorder is characterized by eating significant amounts of food in a distinct period of time. Binge eating can be planned or can occur despite consciously wanting to stop eating. Often there can be a lot of shame around the behaviors associated with binge eating. Binge eating is the most common eating disorder.
Signs of binge eating disorder can include:
- Eating large portions of food in a short period of time
- Eating despite not being physically hungry
- Eating until uncomfortably full
- Eating very quickly
- A sense of being unable to control eating
- Eating in secret so others do not see the amount of food consumed
- Being embarrassed by the amount of food consumed
- Feeling disgusted, depressed, or very guilty about eating.
If you or someone you care about is exhibiting some of these symptoms, it is important that the person is evaluated as soon as possible. After an evaluation, the person will likely be recommended to build a treatment team, consisting of a physician, a therapist, and a dietitian. For many, the treatment team can also include family members or close friends. Many family members or friends of those with eating disorders may also benefit from meeting with a therapist for support.
I provide an initial assessment, individual therapy, and sometimes family therapy for those with binge eating disorder. I work with people who may not be sure they want to change, with people who are actively making changes for recovery, and those who are actively in recovery. I also provide therapy to those who love someone with binge eating disorder, including helping the loved one learn to address the eating disorder and providing support while the person with the eating disorder is on the journey to recovery.
My approach in working with those wanting recovery from binge eating or emotional eating is acceptance based. My goal is to help people make peace with their body and food with a focus on caring for their mind and body in the ways that are needed for that person. For more information regarding my approach, please contact me.