How to Control Binge Eating
Stop binge eating today and improve your eating patterns. Binge-eating disorder is a serious eating disorder in which you frequently consume unusually large amounts of junk food and feel unable to stop eating. Almost everyone occasionally overeats, such as having seconds or thirds of a holiday meal. But for some people, excessive overeating that feels out of control and becomes a regular occurrence crosses the line to binge-eating disorder. You may be embarrassed about overeating and vow to stop when you binge. But you feel so compelled that you can’t resist the urges and continue binge eating.
If you have a binge-eating disorder, treatment can help. Planned meals, intuitive eating, and practicing mindfulness can help one’s relationship with food.
What Causes Binge Eating Disorder?
Physicians are not sure why binge eating disorder exists, but they think it’s related to genetics, body image, emotional trauma, gender, and other mental health conditions. Around 80 percent of people with binge eating disorders have an accompanying psychological disorder.
Signs and Symptoms of Binge-eating disorder:
- Compulsively eat
- Consuming excess amounts of food when you are not hungry
- Guilty feelings after overeating
- Loss of sex drive
- Frequent dieting
- Eating fast
- Low self-esteem
- Weight gain
- Having no control when eating
- Sleep apnea
- Joint pain
- Desire perfectionism
- Having no panned meal times
- Heart disease
- Coronary disease
- Stockpiling food
- Periods of fasting
- Distorted body image
Binge Eating Treatment and Recovery
If you or a loved one is struggling with compulsively overeating, please consider entering them into a substance abuse treatment facility. Typically binge eating disorder is treated by the use of therapies and medications. Some therapies suggested by health professionals are cognitive-behavioral therapies, interpersonal psychotherapy, and dialect behavioral therapy.
- Cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT is a talk therapy hosted by a therapist or psychotherapist whose goal is to identify patterns of negative thinking, overcome past traumas, and learn positive coping mechanisms.
- Interpersonal Psychotherapy or IPT is a kind of psychotherapy that helps relieve symptoms by improving interpersonal functioning.
- Dialect Behavioral therapy or DBT is a teaching mechanism used to treat BPD, but studies show it is helpful for binge eating disorders. It teaches to live in the moment, regulate feelings with others, and provide self-soothing skills.