Binge Eating Disorder Treatment & Recovery
Binge Eating Disorder is the most common eating disorder in the United States with an estimated 3.5% of women, and 2% of men who suffer from this illness. BED is characterized by recurrent episodes of binge eating, feeling out of control while binging, and feeling guilt and shame afterward – without the regular use of compensating behaviors to offset the binge episode.
Behavioral Characteristics of Binge Eating (common patterns)*
- Frequent episodes of consuming very large amounts of food that are not followed by behaviors to prevent weight gain
- A feeling of being out of control during the binge eating episodes, eating when not hungry, eating to the point of discomfort
- Eating more rapidly than normal
- Eating alone out of embarrassment or shame over quantity of food eaten
Emotional & Cognitive Characteristics (common patterns)*
- Feeling disgusted, depressed, ashamed, or guilty after overeating
- Uses food to soothe anxiety, fear, grief, loneliness, etc.
- Uses food as a reward, escape, or to avoid stress
- Uses food to distract from feelings, feared situations, stressors, or negative memories (trauma)
*Patterns, systems and traits may vary from one person to another
Physiological Characteristics & Medical Complications of Binge Eating
The health risks of BED are most commonly those associated with clinical obesity including:
- Type 2 Diabetes
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol levels
- Heart disease
- Osteoarthritis, joint & muscle pain
- Gallbladder disease
- Sleep apnea
Binge Eating Recovery & Treatment
Our treatment centers for binge eating offer options that range from outpatient services (therapy and dietary), day (PHP) and evening (IOP) programs, residential treatment (RTC) and inpatient hospitalization — depending on the needs of the patient and the severity of the illness. At Center for Change we offer all of these levels of care in order to provide the most appropriate options and meet the needs of our patients. To learn more about our binge eating disorder treatment, compulsive eating disorder treatment, or to schedule a free assessment, call 888-224-8250.