Treatment

Binge Eating Disorder

What binge eating disorder is

  • Recurrent episodes of binge eating (characterized by eating large amounts of food in a short period of time and a sense of loss of control over eating behaviors)
  • The binge eating episodes are associated with three or more of the following
    1. Eating more rapidly than normal
    2. Eating until uncomfortably full
    3. Eating large amounts of food when not physically hungry
    4. Eating alone, due to embarrassment about quantity of food being consumed
    5. Feeling disgusted, depressed, or guilty after eating
  • 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

(adapted from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition)

What we treat

Our program philosophy

  • Comprehensive and strengths-based
  • Includes (up to) three individual sessions a week, approximately four psychoeducational groups each day, weekly meetings with the staff psychiatrist, psychologist, dietitian, medical team, and clinical director
  • Incorporates elements of spirituality, mindfulness, nutrition, art, movement/exercise, and psychotherapy

Goals for therapy

  • Eliminate eating disordered behaviors
  • Identify adaptive skills to cope with life stressors
  • Develop a healthy relationship with exercise
  • Restore weight (within ideal body weight range)
  • Establish healthy eating patterns a healthy relationship with food/fluids
  • Practice food related life skills (including grocery shopping, menu planning, cooking, and appropriately portioning food)
  • Distinguish emotional and physical hunger/fullness cues
  • Identify and challenge food/body related cognitive distortions

Clinical modalities

  • 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. Learn more about Magnolia Creek’s clinical modalities.

Recommended reading

  • Life Without ED by Jenni Schaffer and Thom Rutledge
  • Surviving an Eating Disorder: Strategies for Family and Friends by Michelle Siegel
  • Life Beyond Your Eating Disorder by Johanna S. Kandel
  • The Body Betrayed by Kathryn J. Zerbe
  • Eating in the Light of the Moon: How Women Can Transform Their Relationship with Food Through Myths, Metaphors, and Storytelling by Anita Johnston, PhD
  • 8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder by Carolyn Costin and Gwen Schubert Grabb