Binge Eating Disorder Recovery: An In-Depth Look

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An In-Depth Look at Binge Eating Disorder Recovery

An in-depth look at binge eating disorder recovery needs to begin with the behaviors that have to be changed.

Out of control eating binges, dangerous weight gains, feelings of depression, body image perceptions, and withdrawing from family and friends are all issues that need to be addressed when looking at eating disorder recovery.

Each of these contribute to the behaviors that typify binge eating disorder - the out of control binging because of body image dissatisfaction, the weight gain because of the overeating, and the depression that causes a gradual withdrawal from family and friends because of guilt, frustration, and sometimes anger. It’s a circle that can continue harming the individual until treatment is sought out.

Due to the complexities of this eating disorder, there may be more than one health professional brought in to assist in treating binge eaters. It is common for nutritionists, physicians, psychiatrists, and therapists to all work together as a team for optimal results.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Cognitive behavior therapy is a common method used in treating binge eating disorder sufferers. This type of therapy is targeted toward treating the cause underlying the disorder.

If the individual suffers from depression, therapy is conducted to seek out the cause. Behaviors need to be pinpointed and recognized as behaviors that need to be changed. Negative perceptions and beliefs are also addressed and the goal is to exchange them for positive beliefs and images.

Skills are taught to negate out of control behavior and replace them with positive behaviors. Unhealthy habits are exchanged for healthy and life changing habits. Weight is managed through healthy eating, moderate exercise, and a positive outlook on attaining a healthier lifestyle.

This type of therapy helps with coping skills. Individuals are encouraged to learn skills to overcome anger, stress, and dangerous depression. They are taught to start focusing on positive aspects in regards to different body shapes and sizes and to appreciate the uniqueness of their bodies. Negative thoughts are discouraged and methods are taught to emphasize these lessons. Cognitive behavior therapy assists eating disorder sufferers in fighting their compulsion to overeat and helps them to develop efficient and effective skills to reduce stress levels.

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Weight Control

While some binge eaters are of average weight, many individuals become overweight or obese through their regular overeating habits. These overeaters need help in developing healthier relationships with food. Eating food going forward needs to be eaten for nutritional value, not as an emotional crutch. Learning how to control portions and finding pleasure in eating healthy food needs to be worked on. Eating food in the presence of others helps to modify bad eating habits. Sharing conversations while eating also contributes to a positive experience instead of hiding away while binge eating and then feeling remorse or guilt.

Sharing mealtimes with others usually means that conversation flows. Eating isn’t rushed, less is eaten, and food is chewed longer giving the stomach time to send a message to the brain telling it that the stomach is full. Individuals are taught to listen to the brain signal telling them to stop eating.

Part of binge eating disorder recovery is that individuals are taught to enjoy food through healthy eating. Portion control and monitoring food choices are easier when in the company of other people who understand that support makes all the difference in the world when attempting to overcome unhealthy habits.

Some eating tips may be to never skip breakfast. People who skip breakfast tend to gain more weight than those who do participate in the first meal of the day. Another tip is to get rid of any junk food in the house. Remove chips, soda, cakes, and salty items that contribute nothing but fillers and unhealthy ingredients to a healthy regimen. Exchange junk food for eye catching red apples, bright orange carrots, velvety peaches, low-fat cheeses, and creamy yogurts. Take the time to enjoy food by savoring flavor instead of eating so quickly there’s no time to taste food.

Those of an average size or weight will be encouraged to participate in moderate exercise programs or take up an active sport to help improve their own body image and regain vitality and health. Consistent exercise has been proven to help reduce stress and depression.

Others who are overweight or obese will also require time with a nutritionist or physician to reduce extra weight that can cause health concerns. They may require a more regimented food and exercise plan to attain a healthier weight. In time, with loss of weight and fat, this leads to a more positive outlook and a better self image. Exercise may be as easy as taking the family dog for his walk every day or jogging around the neighborhood. Park away from a store entrance when going shopping and avoid escalators and elevators. Take up dancing, boxing, or yoga. By always choosing a moving option instead of a sedentary one, the body gains benefit by moving and using energy.

A Combination of Counseling, Weight Control, and Nutritional Needs

For binge eating disorder recovery to be effective and long lasting, a combination of counseling, a weight control program, and a nutritional plan needs to be implemented. Careful attention needs to be given to both medical concerns and nutritional needs.

Each individual requiring recovery treatment will have different needs that have to be addressed through a tailor made program. These varying needs will differ as each individual will have different problems, requirements, and strengths. The severity of the disorder and length of time suffering from the disorder may also affect recovery from person to person.


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