Binge Eating Disorder
Recovery is possible! As individuals are able to identify that something needs to shift and/or change with their relationship with food and their body change, healing can occur.
- Recurrent episodes of binge eating. An episode of binge eating is characterized by both of the following:
- The binge eating episodes are associated with three (or more) of the following:
- Eating much more rapidly than normal.
- Eating until feeling uncomfortably full.
- Eating large amounts of food when not feeling physically hungry.
- Eating alone because of feeling embarrassed by how much one is eating.
- Feeling disgusted with oneself, depressed, or very guilty afterward.
- The binge eating occurs, on average, at least once a week for 3 months
Stop blaming yourself, there are other causes than a lack of "will power"
- Biological: Biological abnormalities, such as hormonal irregularities or genetic mutations.
- Psychological: A strong correlation has been established between depression and binge eating. Body dissatisfaction, low self-esteem, and difficulty coping with feelings can also contribute to binge eating disorder.
- Social and Cultural: Traumatic situations, such as a history of sexual abuse, can increase the risk of binge eating. Overall societal pressures to be thin, which are typically influenced through media, can trigger emotional eating. Persons subject to critical comments about their bodies or weight may be especially vulnerable to binge eating disorder.
Healing and therapy goes beyond diet and exercise, integrating evidence-based strategies to address the true causes of feeling out of control with food. Therapy at Stephanie Konter Counseling offers a non-diet weight management mindset, and fuses mental health, education, and exercise/movement, to support lasting recovery for adults and adolescents.
Through Wellness Coaching and therapy normalizing eating patterns, managing stress, improve health-related quality of life issues, and establish deeper connections with others healing can occur.
While weight loss is not specifically a goal of treatment, it is a likely outcome of eliminating compulsive behaviors and creating a healthy relationship with the body.