Binge Eating Disorder treatment (B.E.D.)

Binge Eating Disorder, also known as B.E.D., is a debilitating mental illness in which individuals frequently experience a loss of control over their behaviour and eat excessive quantities of food in one sitting. It is important to note that people who suffer from Binge Eating Disorder do not engage in purging or compensatory behaviours such as using laxative or diuretics. Sufferers find it exceptionally hard to stop themselves during an episode, and more often than not experience devastating emotional, physical, and social consequences. Binge Eating Disorder was officially recognised as a formal eating disorder in the Diagnostical and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) in 2013. The recognition of its existence and impact on sufferers is finally directing attention towards the nature of this disorder and allowing treatment to be developed for those at risk, or currently suffering from it.

Again, it is important to emphasize that people afflicted by binge eating disorder do not engage in purging or compensatory behaviors, such as throwing up or exercising intensely to counteract food eaten, behaviours which are symptomatic of Anorexia Nervosa. However, this is not to say that B.E.D. is to be taken lightly. It is a debilitating disorder with devastating physical and emotional consequences for both the individuals directly affected and those close to them.

People suffering from B.E.D. generally eat very quickly, often without experiencing any real feelings of hunger. The disorder is associated with an underlying state of depression and anxiety. Episodes occur at least once a week over a period of three months.

What are the signs and symptoms of a Binge Eating Disorder?

Individuals suffering from binge eating disorder frequently experience tremendous amounts of guilt, shame and embarrassment. This adds to the difficulties in detecting and treating this disorder as individuals are more often than not to ashamed to disclose their behaviours. We have included a list of common characteristics of Binge Eating Disorder to be aware of:

  • Eating unusually large, excessive quantities of food in a relatively short period of time and feeling out of control in their relationship with food and eating patterns.
  • Eating more quickly than normal.
  • Eating large amounts when not physically hungry.
  • Eating to the point of feeling uncomfortably full.
  • Being secretive about eating behaviors or eating alone due to embarrassment about the amount of food.
  • Feeling sad or depressed about one’s body or weight.
  • Feeling sad, anxious or significantly distressed about their binge eating.

Medical consequences of Binge Eating Disorder

Although Binge Eating Disorder can be present in individuals who are of an average weight, up to two thirds of people with B.E.D. can get potentially life-threatening medical complications associated with obesity. Below is a list of medical consequences commonly associated with Binge Eating Disorder:

  • Excessive weight gain
  • High blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Heart disease
  • Osteoarthritis

About our Binge Eating Disorder treatment

At Rise Treatment Centre we offer a residential clinical programme for Binge Eating Disorder treatment. Our programme is evidence-based and focuses on your overall health and well-being. We help you understand the root causes of your Binge Eating Disorder and combine psycho-education, mindfulness, group sessions, individual therapy and family support to guide you towards a sustainable recovery.

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