If you are one of the millions of American’s estimated to suffer from Binge
Eating Disorder you are not alone and help is availlable. Our center has seen a sharp increase in clients seeking treatment
for binge eating. As more information and education come to light about this painful disorder sufferers are reaching our for
help. For our treating professionals at Woodleaf Center it is rewarding to see the relief clients feel when they realize
they are not crazy or defective, but in fact have a treatable eating disorder. Growing evidence in psychological research
is showing that binge eating disorder can be just life impairing as anorexia and bulimia. The good news is that recovery from
binge eating disorder is truly possible.
While binge eating disorder is a relatively recently recognized
eating disorder (often referred to as compulsive over-eating) what sets it apart from normal eating patterns is the
distress and lack of control one feels regarding bingeing. In essence bingeing and compulsive over-eating becomes disruptive
to a persons life. Full and hungry signals become mixed or not detectable at all and a sufferer may feel “hungry”
all of the time. Bingeing on salty or sugary food may also set the body up for cravings and binges leads to more binges. Eventually
the sufferer begins to feel out of control of the binges all together and a feeling of hopelessness can set in. Here is a
more detailed view of the symptoms of Binge Eating Disorder (compulsive over-eating).
Binge Eating Disorder
- Recurrent episodes of binge eating. An episode
is characterized by: 1. Eating a larger amount of food than normal during a short period of time
(within any two hour period) 2. Lack of control over eating during the binge
episode (i.e. the feeling that one cannot stop eating).
- Binge eating episodes are associated with three or more of the following:
1. Eating until
feeling uncomfortably full
2. Eating large amounts of food when not physically hungry
3. Eating much more rapidly than normal
4. Eating alone because you are embarrassed by how
much you're eating
5. Feeling disgusted, depressed, or guilty after overeating
- Marked distress regarding
binge eating is present
- Binge eating occurs,
on average, at least 2 days a week for six months
binge eating is not associated with the regular use of inappropriate
behavior (i.e. purging, excessive exercise, etc.) and does not
occur exclusively during the
course of bulimia nervosa or anorexia nervosa.
At Woodleaf Eating
Disorder Center we treat the symptoms of binge eating disorder with a multi-dimensional approach. We not only address the
underly issues that may prompt the bingeing to occur but look at the emotional, physical and nutritonal issues that may be
present. Working with a multi-dimensional approach to binge eating leds to optimized healing. Contact us today to find out
more about our approach to binge eating treatment and our program. Insurance will usually cover the cost of the program and
your phone consulation is free.
Contact us Today at 415.840.0670
Ask about our
Treatment for Binge Eating Disorder.