Binge Eating Disorder or Compulsive Overeating

Binge eating disorder (sometimes also called compulsive overeating) is characterized by episodes of eating large amounts of food, usually in a short period of time, with a "frenzied" or out of control feeling and subsequent feelings of physical and psychological discomfort. It is the most common eating disorder, thought to affect 10 to 15% of the population.

While binge eating is more common in obese individuals, not all obese people engage in binge eating, and not all binge eaters are obese.

The onset of an episode of binging is usually related to coping with emotions, trying to fill a void inside, or trying to escape stress or overwhelming thoughts or feelings. Unlike those struggling with bulimia, men and women living with binge eating disorder do not purge following a binge episode, but are still plagued with feelings of guilt and incredible shame about the behaviour and its effects (whether real or perceived) on their body size.

What does therapy for binge eating disorder involve?

As with any type of treatment, therapy for binge eating disorder begins with a thorough assessment. We explore your history, your relationship with food throughout your life, and your current thoughts, feelings, and behaviours as they relate to food and eating.

Starting on the path of recovery from binge eating involves reconnecting with the self - both with your physical self (the part that allows you to identify and experience physiological hunger and fullness), and your emotional self (the part that is able to identify, experience, and hold strong emotions).

If you find a good solution and become attached to it, the solution may become your next problem.

- Robert Anthony



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