Binge Eating Disorder: Symptoms, Treatment, & How to Stop

Denver Binge Eating Disorder Treatment

Binge eating disorder, commonly referred to as BED, is an eating disorder that is very different from anorexia or bulimia.  Here, you’ll learn more about binge eating disorder, including facts, symptoms, treatment options, and how to stop binging.

Definition

By definition, binge eating disorder is a very serious condition where a person habitually over eats large amounts of food and finds it hard to stop.  You may be wondering what the difference is between binge eating disorder and other types of overeating.  The main difference between a person with this type of disorder and other people that commonly find themselves over eating is that they feel out of control with their eating and often feel emotional distress, shame and embarrassment about how much they are eating.

Knowing binge eating disorder symptoms and treatment options can help you understand binge eating disorder better.

Facts

  • Binge eating disorder is the most common eating disorder in the United States.
  • It affects 3.5% of women and 2% of men.
  • This condition affects people of all races, levels of education, and income levels.
  • Symptoms can be found in children, adults, and teens.
  • Approximately 70% of people with binge eating disorder are overweight.
  • Obesity is not the same as binge eating disorder.
  • Binge eating disorder may run in families and may be triggered by dieting.

You may be at higher risk for BED if you have any of the following:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • A history of being bullied about your weight
  • History of Trauma/Loss
  • History of Emotional or Physical Abuse
  • History of Sexual Trauma
  • History of Substance Abuse

How do you know if you have Binge Eating Disorder?

Symptoms of binge eating disorder include:  

  • Repetitive episodes of eating large quantities of food in a short period of time (usually less than two hours).
  • Lack of  control over the amount of food you eat.
  • Eating until you are uncomfortably full on a regular basis.
  • Eating large amounts of food, even when you are not physically hungry.
  • Eating alone because of embarrassment about how much you are eating.
  • Feelings of shame and emotional distress about your eating.

Other binge eating disorder symptoms can also include eating rapidly during binging episodes and dieting without seeing results.  If any of these symptoms sound familiar to you, it may be time to seek treatment from a professional.

How can you find help?

Binge eating disorder treatment has the best results when support is sought by an expert with specific experience working with individuals with the condition.  When you work with a qualified professional, binge eating disorder treatment can include:

  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Tools For Better Management of Cravings
  • Group Support
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Diagnosis of Medical Conditions Associated with BED
  • Meditation
  • Stress Reduction
  • Testing to Identify Contributing Factors

The results of binge eating disorder treatment can lead to a more well-balanced life, including help with reducing binge cravings, while helping you manage emotional issues that may be the underlying cause of your behaviors.   A professional can also help you improve your overall health, while giving you the tools to improve body acceptance.

If you think you need treatment, call Dr. Carolyn Coker Ross at (303) 355-2445 today for the support and help you deserve. Dr. Ross maintains a private practice office in Denver, CO, and consults with treatment centers and medical facilities across the country.

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How can I stop my binge behaviors?

If you’re suffering from Binge Eating Disorder, you are not alone.  There are more people with BED in the United States than with anorexia and bulimia combined.  If you want to stop binging and stop obsessing about food and about your body, there is hope.  With expert help, you can recover the life you deserve!

Binge Eating Disorder Self Test:

  • I have periods where I eat a very large quantity of food in a short period of time (within two hours).
  • I plan these periods and look forward to them.
  • I eat very fast, usually without thinking about what I am, eating.
  • I eat in private so no one knows how much I am eating.
  • I feel embarrassed by how much I eat.
  • Sometimes I eat so much at one sitting that I feel uncomfortably full.
  • I often feel guilty or ashamed because of how much I eat.
  • These periods of binging happen about twice a week on average.
  • I am often very upset after I’ve had a binge.
  • I feel I cannot control my binge eating. I can’t stop myself.

If you relate to four or more statements above, you may have binge eating disorder.

Do you need  more information on binge eating disorder?  Contact us today. Dr. Ross has offices in Denver and San Diego. Dr. Ross is an addiction medicine specialist and binge eating disorder specialist. She is also the author of The Binge Eating and Compulsive Overeating Workbook and maintains a private practice office in Denver, CO.