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.


By definition, binge eating disorder is a very serious condition where a person habitually overeats 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 who commonly find themselves overeating 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 it better.


  • 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.
  • Binge eating disorder is not about weight.
  • 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



I wanted to say I am so very glad I decided to join The Anchor Program.  I’m doing so much better already and you, your team and the participants definitely promote positivity and success.  It definitely is a ‘one day at a time’ situation, but I already have chewed up and digested circumstances of my past which have lead to my binge eating disorder.  It really helps to recognize, recall and acknowledge what happened in the past which becomes part of our fabric.  I am very grateful for the opportunity to be in The Anchor Program and thankful for your expertise and guidance.

Connecticut Participant

The Anchor Program did for me, in ten weeks, what commercial and alternative diets haven’t been able to in the 30 years I have been trying to resolve my issues with binge eating, compulsive overeating, and body image.

New York Participant

The anchor program has changed my life in a huge way. I have had a mindset change when it comes to food, instead of having it on my mind all the time I am feeling more and more like I have control of my eating. I am feeling satisfied at meals and have had more energy to put into the more important things in life. I’d highly recommend it to anyone struggling with eating issues! 

New York Participant

The Anchor Program is the answer I have been seeking for my challenges with eating and weight management.  I have tried nearly every diet and spent thousands of dollars over more than 2 decades without any sustainable results, growing more and more discouraged at my inability to manage my weight.  If you are looking for a quick fix (that will not last), this isn’t the program for you.  However, if you are willing to dive deep and experience true freedom and healing, this program may be the answer to all you have been seeking.  It absolutely has been for me – I wish I had found it sooner!  I could have saved many, many years of suffering and wasted time, money, and energy on efforts that fought against my body’s wisdom, had I found The Anchor Program earlier. 

Missouri Participant

If you are ready to try something new that isn’t just another “diet” in disguise, The Anchor Program may help you lay the foundation to break the agonizing cycle of yo-yo dieting by harnessing your own body’s wisdom to take care of itself.  Personally, I found that in order to fully commit to this process I had to surrender idealistic expectations of what I want to look like in favor of what I want to feel like.  Once that happened, things really started to fall into place!

New Jersey Participant

I signed up for the Anchor Program because I was looking for help in better understanding why I was a compulsive overeater. I saw this insight as a doorway to a life where food did not have a starring role and I was not always looking for the next diet to save me. The Anchor Program showed me that I am not a skinny person living inside a fat body, it is simply my body which is perfectly fine. I found out I don’t need to soothe myself with food, that there are many ways to care for myself, and most importantly, I discovered new ways to deal with the emotional trauma I experienced in the past and the everyday upsets that occur throughout our lives. The Anchor Program really did change my life for the better.

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.

Take the Binge Eating Quiz

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, you may have binge eating disorder. The Anchor Program(TM) described in The Binge Eating and Compulsive Overeating Workbook is the next step in your journey to make peace with food and with your body. If you’re ready to put an end to the shame and embarrassment associated with your eating behaviors, gain control of your eating and no longer isolate because of your unwanted behaviors, then this program is for you.

Get Help to End Binge Eating

If you are struggling with food addiction, emotional eating or binge eating, join Dr. Ross for this informative webinar “How to get off the Diet-Binge Roller Coaster and Make Peace with Food and your Body.”

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Books by Dr. Ross

The Food Addiction Recovery Workbook


The Emotional Eating Workbook


The Binge Eating and Compulsive Overeating Workbook


Healing Body, Mind and Spirit


Miracles Beyond Medicine


Audio CD

The Joy of Eating Well


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Carolyn Coker Ross, MD, MPH

About Dr. Carolyn Ross

Dr. Carolyn Coker Ross, MD, MPH is a suboxone doctor and addiction therapist with offices in Denver and San Diego, who helps people with opioid addiction treatment, binge eating disorder treatment, eating disorder treatment, and more.

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