So many of us may think that we eat too much and over indulge in ‘bad’ foods and may have an issue, but how do you know when it becomes a serious problem and when it’s time to seek an expert’s help? Many may not have an understanding of what binge eating disorder (BED) is, so we hope this article will assist in guiding you to gain a better understanding of this challenge.
What is Binge Eating?
Binge eating disorder is the most prevalent of all eating disorders. Binge eating disorder is a commonly missed eating disorder diagnosis due to society’s obsession with diet culture, yo yo dieting, and the thin ideal. Binge eating has multiple classifications such as, eating more than normal amounts of food (binge) in a certain amount of time, eating faster than normal and/or passing typical hunger/fullness cues, and/or feeling “out of control” or as if you can’t stop. Binge eating disorder is often associated with shame, guilt, and secrecy. One of the most important things to note regarding BED is that you are not alone and there are incredible resources available.
You may hear many say/ask:
I’ve been binge eating. Help me stop.
I can’t stop binging.
How to stop binge eating when stressed?
I don’t know where or how to get help.
Where do I begin and how did I get here?
Do I have a real issue?
I feel alone and helpless.
I feel out of control.
Where to get help for Binge Eating in AZ?
There are many different places to get the help you need, one of which being Sinnergy Wellness Group. This outpatient clinic has dietitians and therapists who are knowledgeable in treating BED, as well as other eating disorders.
Medical nutrition therapy is also important through the healing process, which is something Sinnergy Wellness Group offers. What this therapy does is help you as an individual accept/love yourselves and your bodies, while understanding what issues you have/had that causes you to use food emotionally. When balancing the emotional responses that triggers you to binge, it will help you through the recovery and teach you different ways to cope.
What to expect from treatment/support for binge eating struggles:
While working with providers at Sinnergy, clients are encouraged to share their goals for treatment, collaboratively finding healing and peace with food and bodies by tackling the emotional, behavioral, and cognitive components of their individual experience.
Some goals may include:
- Body image work
- Identifying diet culture messaging and systemic oppression around those living in larger bodies
- Working towards food freedom
- Developing and bettering how one sees food and the role it plays on long term health and wellbeing
- Distinguishing between hunger/cravings
- Decreased sensitivity to external cues, increased focus on internal cues
- Exploring and assisting with treatment of co-occurring mental health challenges