Binge Eating Disorder
On this page, you can find information regarding:
Binge eating disorder treatment
Signs of binge eating
Binge eating recovery
Eden Treatment Center is dedicated to binge eating disorder treatment and supporting those dealing with this condition. At Eden, we provide everything you need for overcoming binge eating and offer a dedicated, safe environment to treat the condition.
What is Binge Eating?
Binge eating is a dangerous overindulgence in food, and it is usually unhealthy food such as junk food. Binge eating involves consuming large, unhealthy portions of food in one sitting, often quickly, until you feel overly full and uncomfortable or sick. This is usually followed by feelings of guilt and upset.
A binge eater usually plans these eating sessions in advance and may buy food items dedicated to a binge eating session.
Any person of any gender, background or age can be affected by binge eating, but it is more common in adults upwards from late teens, especially during those adult ages where you are able to go out shopping for yourself and buy the food you want to eat without having to go through another person such as a parent.
Binge eating is a difficult mental illness, as it involves consuming unhealthy portions of food and being unable to control your urges or stop yourself, even if you are full. It’s important to remember that random periods of overindulgence can happen, such as during the holidays or during times of celebration, doesn’t usually count as binge eating if it’s a rare occurrence with a good reason.
What are the Common Signs and Symptoms of Binge Eating?
The main symptoms of a binge eating condition are:
• Eating large amounts of food in a very short space of time, in a hurried or out-of-control manner, such as not being able to stop
• Eating very fast, such as not spending time chewing or letting the food digest properly
• Eating until you feel painfully full
• Being secretive with your eating
• Usually eating alone so others can’t see
• Still eating and forcing food down even if you are not hungry
• Feeling guilty and disgusted with yourself after binge eating
If you believe any or all of these symptoms apply to you, it’s important to seek binge eating help.
Signs of Binge Eating in Someone Else
Even if you do not suffer from binge eating yourself, it’s vital to look out for signs that others close to you may be suffering from the condition. That way, the best binge eating treatment can be sought for them.
These signs include:
• Seeing them eat food very fast or in large quantities
• Being secretive or trying to hide their eating habits
• Keeping a private store or stash of food for themselves, e.g., a person in a household taking food from the kitchen to store in their bedroom
• Putting on a significant amount of weight due to their eating patterns
What are the Effects of Binge Eating?
Binge eating can have serious repercussions on your physical and mental health, which is why it’s important to seek binge eating disorder help. In regards to your mental wellbeing, binge eating can promote feelings of self-hate, disgust, and depression as a reaction to your eating habits. Understandably, this can spiral into even worse mental health. High volumes of food being consumed can also lead to general physical discomfort, pain, and gastrointestinal distress. It can also promote general feelings of lethargy and fatigue, with no physical or mental motivation.
What Treatments Are Available for Binge Eating?
For binge eating treatment, it’s imperative to seek guided help from a professional. This is usually in the form of therapy sessions with a professional and self-help pointers to control your eating habits, which you can then discuss and review during your therapy sessions. Choosing a reputable and trustworthy recovery center like Eden is crucial to your binge eating therapy.
You also have the option to undergo Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to change the way you think and feel about food, or the root causes which are making you turn to binge eating. Medication may also be prescribed, such as anti-depressants.
It can also be helpful to join a binge eating therapy group, to share your experience with others suffering from the same condition, and feel more supported in your journey.
Binge Eating Disorder Recovery
Even after treatment, the recovery process can be long and arduous, but it is possible, and the experience will be different for everyone. It’s important during the recovery process to use methods which work uniquely for you, and not to compare your recovery with anybody else’s. Your journey is your own, and it’s crucial to go at your own pace.
Some things to think about to aid a healthy recovery include:
• Surrounding yourself with people who love you for who you are
• Concentrate on your positive skills and talents and build your confidence and self-esteem, especially in areas which aren’t concerned with body image
• Keep a journal of your experience and food triggers to better manage them
• Plan a healthy and full diet to eat regularly in a safe way. Harsh dieting or restricting yourself from certain foods could make the situation more difficult to handle
• Try and keep busy and distract yourself from opportunities to binge eat
What Can We Do to Help?
Eden Treatment Center is trained to provide one of the most caring and secure treatment centers for eating disorders such as binge eating, along with the mental health issues such as depression which may be coupled with it. You can trust the skilled team at Eden to help you through every single stage of the process, from initial consultations to complete therapy and recovery. You will be provided with supportive sessions and a tranquil space to spend your time during your journey, with no pressure and no judgments. We work with you to re-build your self-esteem and restore your positive spirit.
If you’re looking for binge eating treatment you can trust, then contact Eden today.