What is binge eating disorder?

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It can be hard to know if you have binge eating disorder (BED), let alone if you need binge eating disorder treatment. This condition involves recurrent episodes of binge eating also known as compulsive overeating. Clinicians characterize these episodes by eating large amounts of food in a short period of time and a sense of loss of control over eating behaviors.

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition, binge eating episodes are associated with three or more of the following:

  1. Eating more rapidly than normal
  2. Eating until uncomfortably full
  3. Feeling disgusted, depressed, or guilty after overeating
  4. Eating large amounts of food when not physically hungry
  5. Eating alone, due to embarrassment about quantity of food being consumed

As well as these criteria:

  • Apparent, marked distress regarding binge eating
  • The binge eating occurs at least once a week for three months
  • The binge eating is not associated with recurrent use of inappropriate, compensatory behavior, nor does it occur during bulimia nervosa or anorexia nervosa

Signs and Symptoms of Binge Eating Disorder

Individuals with binge eating disorder will often feel embarrassed or ashamed of their eating habits and symptoms can sometimes be hard to notice.  Main symptoms of binge eating disorder can include emotional and behavioral signs such as:

  • Recurrent episodes of binge eating (characterized by consuming a large amount of food in a discrete period and a sense of lack of control over eating during the episode)
  • Eating more rapidly than normal
  • Eating until uncomfortably full
  • Eating large amounts of food when not feeling physically hungry
  • Eating alone (due to shame about how much one is eating)
  • Feeling disgusted, depressed or guilty after eating
  • Experiencing feelings of stress or anxiety that can only be relieved by eating
  • Feeling numb while bingeing

Health Consequences of Binge Eating Disorder

Binge eating disorder can lead to some dire health consequences if left unchecked. Without treatment, someone with this condition could eventually experience any of the following:

  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Insomnia or sleep apnea
  • High cholesterol levels
  • Heart disease
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Muscle and/or joint pain

How We Treat

Our clinical binge eating disorder treatment modalities include the following:

  • Dialectical behavioral therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Exposure and response prevention
  • Experiential and symbolic experiential therapy
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Narrative therapy
  • Symbolic modeling (metaphor) therapy
  • Reality therapy

Binge Eating Disorder Treatment at Magnolia Creek

To find out more about the most comprehensive binge eating disorder treatment Birmingham Alabama has to offer, reach out to Magnolia Creek. Our friendly admissions staff will be happy to answer your questions. Call us at 205-650-8077 today.