Binge eating disorder is more common than anorexia and bulimia combined, affecting nearly 3% of adults in the U.S. This condition is characterized by repeated cycles of overeating, which may lead to weight gain, obesity, low self-esteem, depression, and more. Whether you have experienced BED for a long time or you know someone who might have this condition, the information below will help you learn more about diagnosing and treatment binge eating disorder.
Symptoms Of Binge Eating Disorder
Some people use food as a coping mechanism when they feel stressed, depressed, overwhelmed or unhappy with their lives. An extra snack every once and a while may not be much of a concern, but consistently using food for comfort could be a sign of BED. Symptoms of binge eating disorder include:
- Not being able to stop eating after you start
- Hiding empty food containers from spouse’s, friends and other loved ones
- Continuing to eat even after you feel full
- Eating a large volume of food in a short amount of time
- Hoarding food
- Chronic dieting regardless of weight loss results
- Frequently eating by yourself
- Feeling instant regret after eating
- Craving food when you are not physically hungry
These are just the physical signs of binge eating disorder. This condition comes with a number of emotional side effects, such as depression, anxiety, self-loathing, and shame. If this sounds like something you’ve been through, binge eating disorder treatment can help.
Diagnosing Binge Eating Disorder
A doctor or therapist can diagnose binge eating disorder based on your eating habits, weight fluctuations, and other symptoms. You may not be aware of your symptoms until you speak with a counselor about depression or anxiety. This is common because eating disorders tend to go hand-in-hand with other mental health issues. All of this can be addressed during treatment.
Treating Binge Eating Disorder
Binge eating treatment isn’t always a linear process. In other words, you won’t follow a strict path for treatment to suddenly “get better.” You therapist will work with you to figure out why you have this eating disorder: what triggered it, what continues to trigger it, and what are you doing/not doing to reverse these behaviors? As the treatment progresses, your counselor will learn new information to help you retrain your brain and adjust your physical actions.
Binge eating disorder treatment may also require guidance from a nutritionist to figure out a healthy diet for your current weight, height, lifestyle and overall goals. Your counselor can work with your nutritionist so you receive the best treatment possible. If you’d like to learn more about binge eating treatment at our Michigan counseling centers, contact Heron Ridge Associates. We look forward to working with you.