What is Binge Eating & Disordered Eating?
Much of our eating takes place out of our awareness…
Bulimia, Anorexia, Binge Eating.
“Losing weight and getting healthy isn’t just changing your eating habits, it’s about changing your lifestyle which includes your mental health, exercise and eating habits.”
Disordered eating is a potential problem for everyone – it crosses all boundaries and groups including all socioeconomic classes, age and gender.
A couple of facts:
66% of Americans are currently overweight or obese (Centers for Disease Control (CDC))
$33 Billion is spent each year on diet programs or products
Roughly 112,000 U.S. Deaths linked to obesity (JAMA, 2005)
Things to keep in mind:
- The capitalistic nature of the food industry (larger portions, super sizing, salt, sugar and fat causes you to want to eat more)
- Emotional Eating – much of why we eat is based on our underlying emotional state (anxiety, depression, self esteem) that is not recognized.
- Self Control Difficulties – We all have a reward system in our brains that may cause people to act out in regards to addictions, behaviors or eating. The result is difficulty exerting self control.
Treatment of binge eating includes a comprehensive understanding of one’s:
- Mental Health (mood, stress , sleep)
- Addiction Background (self control difficulties)
- Nutritional History
- Medical History
- Family History
- Physical exercise
It’s much more complex than the old saying “Just eat less and move more”.
Eating disorders can take a heavy toll on a person’s health. Binge eating can lead to a wide variety of health problems, such as high cholesterol, obesity, and poor heart health. The underlying reasons that people binge eat, however, are usually psychological. Therefore, an effective binge eating treatment plan needs to address mental health as well as physical health. The Control Center provides personalized plans to address each person’s unique needs.
Addressing Underlying Issues
Binge eating is usually the result of a mental health disorder that has not received proper attention. Therefore, failing to address the mental health aspects of binge eating makes it nearly impossible for binge eating treatment to work. The Control Center uses a number of mental health services to promote long-term health:
- Neuropsychological Assessment to help diagnose any underlying mental health issues
- Specialty Psychotherapy that addresses mental health issues such as low self-esteem, depression, and anxiety
- Spiritual Therapy that uses meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, and creative visualization to help individuals foster a balanced approach to life
Binge Eating Treatment Services
The Control Center uses several services to help individuals stop binge eating so that they can integrate healthier dietary and lifestyle choices. The professionals at The Control Center work carefully with each patient so that he or she may develop a better understanding of:
- Mental health issues that can influence eating behaviors
- Addiction backgrounds and difficulties with self-control
- How family history can influence eating and exercise habits
- Ways that an individual’s medical history should influence lifestyle choices
- The positive and negative aspects of his or her nutritional history
- How physical exercise affects physical and mental health
Healthy Living for Life
The Control Center is dedicated to helping people with problems with binge eating develop healthy habits that will last for a lifetime. To meet this goal, binge eating treatment plans often include individual, group, and family therapy in addition to:
- Nutritional Consultations that teach healthy eating practices
- Medical Management that helps individuals prone to binge eating stay in recovery during and after their outpatient treatment
If binge eating has started to have a negative effect on your life, contact The Control Center to learn more about how a personalized binge eating treatment could help you regain control of your life.