Binge Eating Disorder has received more attention since becoming an “official” diagnosis in 2014. However, if you have been struggling with binge eating you know that the disorder itself is not new. You may not know that it is also extremely common. It turns out that more individuals suffer from Binge Eating Disorder than with Anorexia and Bulimia combined.
What is Binge Eating Disorder?
Binge eating disorder is characterized by compulsive overeating in which people consume huge amounts of food while feeling out of control and powerless to stop. Symptoms of Eating Disorder usually begin in late adolescence or early adulthood, often after a major diet. A binge eating episode typically lasts around two hours, but some people binge on and off all day long. Binge eaters often eat even when they’re not hungry and continue eating long after they’re full. They may also gorge themselves as fast as they can while barely registering what they’re eating or tasting.
The key features of binge eating disorder are:
- Frequent episodes of uncontrollable binge eating
- Feeling extremely distressed or upset during or after bingeing
- Unlike bulimia, there are no regular attempts to “make up” for the binges through vomiting, fasting, or over-exercising
People with binge eating disorder struggle with feelings of guilt, disgust anorexia, and depression. They worry about what the compulsive eating will do to their bodies and beat themselves up for their lack of self-control. They desperately want to stop binge eating, but feel like they can’t.
At The Meadows Ranch, we use a multi-disciplinary approach to treat Binge Eating Disorder and Depression, meaning that we address all the possible factors that may have played a role. These include:
- Biological factors such as brain chemistry, hormonal imbalances, depression, anxiety, and others that can be treated with appropriate medications.
- Emotional factors, including stressful life circumstances, traumatic past events, relationship dynamics, and personal self-esteem.
- Long-term dieting which can cause malnutrition and rebound binge eating which can diminish your ability to nourish yourself.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms of Binge Eating Disorder, contact us today.
Binge Eating Disorder Help
We know that binge eating disorder has nothing to do with your self-control. We know that if it was just about willpower, you would have stopped a long time ago. Recovery from Addiction and Eating Disorders is possible. Women and girls come to us after years of living in conflict with food. After breaking the cycle of binge eating behaviors and learning new skills and tools, they are able to return to life with a new, healthy relationship with food.
For additional information about the treatment of depression and eating disorders at The Meadows Ranch, please call to speak to an Intake Coordinator at 866-390-5100 or complete the form below and we will contact you with the information you need.