Gain control and confidence over Binge eating disorder

Binge eating disorder (BED) is an episodic, serious eating disorder where unusually large amounts of food are consumed without being able to stop until you are miserably full. BED isn’t occasional overeating, like having seconds or thirds during a holiday meal, or eating too much at a buffet. Individuals fighting the urges of BED battle them constantly, and may be embarrassed about overeating. They often pledge to stop overeating, but find they are unable to do so on their own. 

If this describes you or someone you love, your weight, health, behaviors and emotions don’t have to be a rollercoaster ride. Keller life can help restore your health, physically, mentally, relationally, and spiritually. 

Be aware of Binge eating disorder’s signs and symptoms

Some key signs that you or your loved one may be affected by BED include:

  • Consuming large amounts of food in a short amount of time
  • Eating much faster than normal
  • Eating until you feel uncomfortably full
  • Excessively overeating, even when you’re not feeling physically hungry
  • Eating alone because you feel embarrassed by how much you’re eating
  • Feeling disgusted with yourself, depressed or  guilty after a binge episode
  • Feeling that your eating behavior is out of control

Do you or your loved one have risk factors for BED?

There is no single cause for binge eating disorder. Similar to anorexia and bulimia, BED is a multi-faceted condition that includes genetics and biological factors, as well as psychological and sociological influences. And long-term dieting increases the risk of BED. Several co-occurring disorders are linked to BED, including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and substance abuse disorders. Binge eating disorder is equally as common in men, as it is in women, though women struggle more with emotional overeating, which can be a symptom of BED.

Other factors that can increase your risk of developing binge eating disorder include:

  • Family history – If your parents or siblings have (or had) an eating disorder, you’re more likely to develop one.
  • Dieting – A history of dieting is prevalent among people with BED. Dieting or taking extreme measure to cut calories may trigger an urge to binge eat, especially if you have symptoms of depression.
  • Psychological issues – Feeling negatively about yourself, having low self-confidence, and downplaying your skills and accomplishments can quietly affect your mindset. If you’re frequently feeling stress, have a poor physical self-image and keep the binge foods you crave within easy reach, you’re living with binge triggers each day.

Evidence-based treatment and complete support for Binge eating disorder

At KellerLife, our multidisciplinary team of eating disorder professionals provides expert guidance and uses evidence-based therapies to help you gain control over binge behavior. We will also help you restore a healthy state of mind and relationship with food.

Your treatment for binge eating disorder will be individualized to your specific needs and unique mental and physical health challenges to help you regain control of your eating. Treatment may include:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) – CBT helps you cope better with BED trigger issues such as negative feelings about your body or a depressed mood. It may also give you a better sense of control over your behavior and help you regulate eating patterns.
  • Interpersonal psychotherapy – By focusing on your relationships with other people, interpersonal psychotherapy can help you improve how you relate to family, friends and co-workers. You will develop new tools to help you  eliminate binge behaviors that can be triggered by tense relationships and unhealthy communication skills.
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) – By teaching you behavioral skills to help you tolerate stress, regulate your emotions and improve your relationships with others, you will have new tools to assist you when the urge to binge arises. 

If you or someone you love is suffering from binge eating disorder, call 800-291-5045 to speak with an eating disorder representative. You can also ask to be contacted by a KellerLife representative using our easy online form.