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What is a Binge Eating Disorder?

Those struggling with an out-of-control Binge Eating Disorder (BED) on an ongoing basis often feel remorse, guilty, and ashamed afterwards – but until May 2013, they had no official diagnoses for their condition.

Like those with Anorexia or Bulimia, those struggling with a binge eating disorder also suffer from the consequences of a serious eating disorder, but until recently, that was not always recognized to be the case. Please recognize, this is not to imply that everyone’s suffering is the same or to equalize all eating disorders; Instead, it is to clarify that those who have a Binge Eating disorder really do have an eating disorder! treatment-for-binge-eating.

A Binge Eating Disorder is more than just making choices that are unhealthy. Similarities exist between Bulimia and BED such as eating more than most people would eat in a similar amount time and feeling unable to interrupt the process, also known as “binging”.

Another similarity includes the way the binging occurs, sometimes being planned, while other binges are triggered after eating just a bite of a “forbidden” food. Later feeling disgusted and helpless, these individuals will make promises to themselves that this is the last time. However, they usually know that it will happen again. Guilt often follows with thoughts of worthlessness sometimes exacerbated because of the lack of a compensatory behavior that attempts to offset the food just eaten.

I often remark that if I could not see the individual with Bulimia and the one with a Binge Eating Disorder, I wouldn’t know there was a difference. The physical presentation of the two clients would likely be different, with the BED client weighing more than ideal body weight, while the person with Bulimia may be nearer their ideal body weight.

There are underlying issues for both, and neither ever planned to develop an eating disorder. Both most often need to have specialized treatment that addresses their specific issues and helps them learn to value themselves.

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Who gets a Binge Eating Disorder?

Millions of people suffer from a Binge Eating Disorder, many of whom we see passing us each day in our everyday life. Approximately 23% to 46% of the over 80 million people in our country who are obese meet criteria for a BED. These are people who are not just choosing to eat unhealthy foods and have a difficult time with ‘will power,’ but have an eating disorder that can lead to many serious health problems.

There are many people who have experienced out of control eating since childhood and cannot remember ever feeling satisfied after eating. Others developed the loss of control when eating later in life. Regardless, for those with a Binge Eating Disorder, there is often a reduction in the production of the brain chemical that regulates satiety and hunger.

Is there hope for Recovery?

Moving past the shame and secrecy to seek help is the first critical step. Competent treatment and commitment to Recovery paves the way to healing for those who struggle with all eating disorders including Binge Eating.

At Canopy Cove, we believe that every person has the ability to separate and recover from a Binge Eating Disorder, in spite of the fear that is felt as they begin to think about life without it. Everyone has the capacity to feel their feelings and survive them. We strongly encourage and support our clients as they work through their war.

Questions? Concerns? Feel free to call us at 888-245-6555  and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have!

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