Binge Eating Disorder Treatment

How to Stop Binge Eating

Understanding how to stop Binge Eating Disorder (BED) must be viewed within the framework that the behavior is only a symptom of an underlying issue or disorder. By receiving professional clinical evaluation and treatment, and receiving guidance on how to stop binge eating, clients at Castlewood improve both their psychological and their physical health. Individuals struggling with binge eating disorder run the risk of chronic physical problems compounded by emotional ones, and the overall health state of the individual with BED can be in jeopardy. Castlewood’s skilled clinicians carefully assess each client to determine not only what underlying issues may be supporting the binge eating behaviors, but also address any co-occurring psychological disorders and medical issues during the treatment process.

General Concepts Regarding How to Stop Binge Eating Disorder

Each client at Castlewood works with a primary therapist and dietitian, plus our staff psychologist, to understand their binge eating behaviors and the underlying issues. Multiple therapy approaches to resolve these issues are utilize during each level of care. Practical skills for managing the eating behaviors are also learned and practiced during treatment. Some general coping skills strategies taught at Castlewood to help BED clients learn how to stop binge eating disorder behaviors include:
  • Identifying binge cycles, thought processes and emotional responses
  • Rehearsing how to respond to personal triggers and emotions that cause bingeing
  • Creating a structured meal plan
  • Learning how to connect with hunger, fullness cues
  • Developing a relapse prevention plan
  • Exposure to binge foods and practicing alternative coping skills
  • Practice with grocery outings, meal outings and family style meals.

Learning How to Stop Binge Eating Helps Avoid Chronic Health Problems

While someone with binge eating disorder can be of normal weight, many become overweight over time, and may meet the criteria for clinical obesity. Our goal at Castlewood is not weight loss, it is health, and we work with clients to adopt a Health at Every Size (HAES) attitude, accepting their natural body weight when binging behaviors remit.  While Castlewood does not support the common misconception that all overweight individuals are unhealthy, we do recognize the health risks that have been documented with chronic BED are the same as those found in obesity. These problems can include:
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol levels in the blood
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Heart Disease
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Osteoarthritis
The psychological stress of depression, anxiety, shame, and guilt that often are found in tandem with BED have also been shown to negatively affect the blood pressure. Chronic stress has also been shown to increase glucose release in the body, which over a long period of time can lead to Diabetes Mellitus. It is easy to see how closely the body and mind are affected both negatively and positively, depending on the overall health of an individual. Receiving professional treatment and developing coping strategies supporting how to stop binge eating are critical for patients with BED. Castlewood’s provides highly individualized binge eating disorder treatment using a multidisciplinary team of experts. We treat the whole person, not just the disease process.
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