Binge Eating Disorder

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What is Binge Eating Disorder?

Binge eating behaviour can make you feel intense feelings of shame and self-loathing for the way you eat. You may experience secretly bingeing on vast amounts of food, even when you are not hungry, to the point of feeling uncomfortably full.

A difficult day at work, a bust-up with a loved one or just a feeling that your life is dull and boring can all be triggers that cause you to binge eat. At some point you have learnt that eating certain treat foods give you an instant surge of pleasure and a release from the difficult, painful and uncertain emotions you feel. However, this is quickly followed by feelings of guilt and shame, and being disgusted by your binge eating behaviour.

You may follow a binge eating episode with extreme dieting for several days to make up for it. This may create intense cravings for sugar and a physiological drive to eat, setting you up for another binge episode. With your physiology and emotions in chaos, it is easy to feel trapped in what feels like a constant binge eating cycle.

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Living with Binge Eating Disorder

Have you experienced any of these thoughts and feelings?

Food, weight and eating just take up too much airtime in your head. You know that food causes you constant anxiety and you can’t stop thinking about it. How you wish you could tune out from the constant hum of these thoughts and just get on with life. Your intentions are always worthy. You want to be healthy and follow a plan.

You have tried numerous diets over the years and various different eating regimes. Nothing seems to work though. Things can go smoothly for a few days, but so quickly you find yourself losing control around food and eating everything in sight. Why can’t you be in control of food? Why? Why? You feel like a failure.

Behavioral Symptoms of Binge Eating

  • Inability to stop eating, or control what you are eating
  • Rapidly eating large amounts of food
  • Eating even when you are full
  • Hiding or stockpiling food, to eat later in secret
  • Eating normally around others, but gorging when you are alone
  • Eating continuously throughout the day, with no planned mealtimes

Emotional Symptoms of Binge Eating

  • Feeling tension, that is only relieved by eating
  • Embarrassment over how much you are eating
  • Feeling numb while bingeing, like you are not really there or you are on auto-pilot
  • Never feeling satisfied, no matter how much you eat
  • Feeling guilty, disgusted, or depressed after overeating
  • Desperation to control weight and eating habits

The Cycle of Binge Eating Disorder

This is how some people describe feeling trapped in a cycle of binge eating

A few days in to your plan and things are going well. Then often out of nowhere you find yourself eating; eating everything that you can lay your hands on.

Cakes, crisps, biscuits, chocolate, bread, cereal, - you know you shouldn’t be eating it. However, you feel compelled to complete the binge. Quickly and in secret you devour the food. For a brief period, you are in oblivion; finding release and escape from your

You feel a momentary rush of pleasure and excitement. You have left the world and nothing around you feels as important as eating.

All too swiftly though, the food is eaten, the wrappers and packaging strewn on the side and you are perusing the damage. Guilt, shame and self-loathing quickly descend and you cannot believe it has happened again.

You berate yourself for your lack of willpower and feel hopeless to change. Tomorrow you vow will be different.

Living with Binge Eating Disorder

The focus of binge eating treatment is to unearth what triggers cause you to binge eat, to help you build new ways of coping with the emotions these events bring, and to help you develop new thinking styles to deal with life in a positive and empowering way.

  • We will work on nutritional interventions to help balance your blood and brain chemistry
  • We will show you how to break habits and create new behaviours in your life around food
  • We will support you to name, feel and manage emotions without the need to use food to cut them off
  • We will unearth thoughts, beliefs and assumptions that are keeping you stuck in your binge eating cycle, and together we will explore new ways of interpreting situations and feelings
  • You will build greater levels of self-esteem and self-worth as you start to change the deep beliefs that shape your self-concept of who you are
  • We will examine your body image and restructure how you think and feel about your body
  • We will rebalance the many areas of your life so you can reduce day-to-day stress, and support you in taking regular activity to help you manage your weight
  • When you feel you have recovered from your binge eating, you will have a toolkit of strategies to keep you on track

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