Binge-Eating and Compulsive Over-Eating Treatment:
Behavioral Nutrition’s Treatments for Binge-Eating and Compulsive Over-Eating involves a multi-disciplinary approach of individual therapy and nutritional counseling or Intensive Outpatient Group Therapy. Our treatment program is focused on three levels of recovery:
- Decreasing the intensity of Binge-Eating and Compulsive Over-Eating Episodes
- Decreasing the frequency of Binge-Eating and Compulsive Over-Eating Episodes
- Increasing Normalized Eating Habits.
Signs and Symptoms of Binge-Eating
- Eating unusually large amounts of food
- Eating when full or not hungry
- Feeling very upset by eating binges
- On average, binge eating at least once a week for three months
- Binge eating episodes that include three of the following:
- Eating extremely fast
- Eating beyond feeling full
- Eating a lot when not hungry
- Eating in secret to hide how much is being eaten
- Feeling terrible after a binge
What are the Causes of Binge-Eating:
Although there is still more research needed on the causes of binge-eating disorder. Binge-eating disorder often starts with a diet, which may be meant to help the person regain self-esteem and control. We believe that a combination of social influences learned eating habits, childhood experiences and food addictions are major culprits to the cause of binge-eating disorder. Those who struggle with binge-eating and compulsive over-eating have been shown to report mental health illnesses such as depression and anxiety.
Recent research has found that binge-eating is by far the most common eating disorder, with rates showing that 1 in 35 adults suffer from Binge-eating Disorder (2.8%). This rate is almost twice the combined rate for Anorexia (0.6%) and bulimia (1%). The National Eating Disorder Association has reported that approximately 25 million more are struggling with binge eating disorder. As with many other eating disorders, binge-eating often involves secretiveness and shame associated with the eating habits, which is why many people do not seek help.