Binge Eating Disorder
Binge eating disorder (BED) is characterized by periods of excessive eating (more than most people would eat) in fairly short period of time (such as two hours). The episodes of over-eating are often accompanied by a feeling of being out of control. If a person binges one or more times per week for three months or more, they may be diagnosed with binge eating disorder.
Eating disorders like BED have complex, multi-faceted causes. Some of the risks for binge eating disorder include genetics, restrictive or irregular patterns of eating, depression/anxiety or other mood disorders, bullying/teasing and weight-related discrimination or significant problems with family or other relationships.
Binge eating disorder is the most common eating disorder in the U.S. and it affects both men and women almost equally (60% of sufferers are women, 40% are men). You can’t spot BED by looking at someone: Often people with BED weigh more than average, but many people with BED are of normal weight.
BED can lead to significant health problems, including Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. Like other eating disorders, BED is associated with feelings of shame. More than half of people with BED don’t seek treatment.
Signs and symptoms
Individuals with BED feel a loss of control over eating and they may experience any of the following:
Eating with a quicker than normal pace
Eating beyond the point of feeling full
Eating a large quantity of food when not hungry
Eating alone or in secret
Feeling a sense of guilt or shame after a binge
How Crosswinds can help
Crosswinds therapists are equipped to assess the presence and severity of binge eating tendencies. After this careful assessment, a Crosswinds therapist will develop a treatment plan intended to address the client’s maladaptive thoughts, change their behavior cycle and manage emotions. Individual or family-based treatments are also used to help reach specified goals. In cases where binge eating disorder has progressed outside our realm of expertise (such as when medical intervention may be required), Crosswinds therapists refer clients to higher levels of care.
Through therapy, binge eating disorder can be managed, so clients can have a healthy relationship with food again, returning to a state where both body and soul are nourished with healing and faith.
If you or someone you care about is struggling with binge eating, please contact Crosswinds today: