Binge Eating Disorder Treatment

What is binge eating?

Binge eating is a common, but serious eating disorder in which the individual is unable to control their eating habits and engages in episodes of consuming large quantities of food.

What are the symptoms of binge eating?

Individuals who suffer from a binge eating disorder will generally exhibit one or more of the following symptoms:

  • An inability to stop eating
  • Eating even after full or feeling ill
  • Eating large amounts of food very fast
  • Hiding quantities of food for later use
  • Ignoring traditional meal times and eating throughout the day instead
  • Feeling embarrassed by the amount of food consumed
  • Guilt, anxiety or depression after binge eating behavior

Who is most likely to engage in binge eating?

Binge eating disorder can strike men or women of all age groups.  Recent studies have found that women make up a higher percentage of reported cases of binge eating, but many experts believe that this is only because men who have the problem rarely talk with a physician or psychiatrist about it.

A dangerous disease

There are many serious health risks associated with binge eating.  Those who have this eating disorder are more likely to be overweight, which puts them at a greater risk for heart disease, stroke, cancer or other potentially devastating illnesses.

Also, the individual with a binge eating problem may suffer from any of the following:

  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Sleeplessness and sleep apnea
  • Muscle pain

How binge eating treated?

When an individual enters a binge eating treatment program, they will receive care in a number of different ways. 

  • Nutrition – Many binge eating treatment facilities will have a nutritionist on staff to work the individual on improving their general health and eating habits.  Good physical health is of the utmost important, as someone who has been binge eating is likely to be at risk for a number of illnesses (see above).
  • Assessing the root causes of the problem – Different people develop eating disorders for different reasons.  For some it is stress at work, and others it may be despair over their personal lives.  The counselors at binge eating treatment programs work closely with the individual to sniff out the cause and then move forward with real solutions.
  • Developing a plan – Next, counselor and patient will work closely together to develop strategies for better eating habits and better decision-making regarding food.    The eating disorder counselor provides a crucial level of accountability into the patient’s life, making sure they stay on track and moving forward to overcome their binge eating problem.

At Moonview Sanctuary, individuals who are struggling with binge eating, bulimia, anorexia, or any eating disorder, can get real help from caring counselors and professionals who understand exactly what they are going through.  Moonview treats the mind, body and spirit to improve eating habits and help make every individuals feel healthier than they have in years.  Contact Moonview Today for more information about their Transformational Health program.

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