Finding a Solution for Binge Eating
With the APA releasing the newest version of the DSM including binge eating disorder, many have felt relief at the increased recognition of this distressing eating behavior.
The difference between someone who simply overeats and an individual struggling with BED will be a few key features. Individuals with BED suffer distress and impairment of daily activities as a result of their eating habits. Binge eating will typically be in addition to or can cause an anxiety disorder or depression. These mental health issues, impulse control and managing and expressing feelings of low self-esteem or loneliness can also contribute to a binge eating disorder.
The combination of factors effecting individuals struggling with BED will cause impairment in work and social life, obsession with body shape and weight and a significant amount of time spent dieting, and then returning to bingeing. This brings with it common health risks such as subsequent health concerns accompanying clinical obesity, as well as stress, insomnia, and sometimes suicidal thoughts.
It can be difficult to overcome binge eating disorder, because unlike addictions to substances such as drugs or alcohol, there isn’t the option of avoiding food. Instead, individual’s struggling with BED must develop a healthier relationship with food. Recovery begins with learning to eat for health and nutrition. This entails making balanced meal plans, choosing healthy foods when eating out, and getting the right vitamins and minerals.
This beginning, while important, isn’t enough to really challenge and change the underlying issues which cause binge eating. For recovery to be lasting, working with trained therapists, physicians, and finding support from others will aid in maintaining a long-term solution. These therapies address mood disorders, family dynamics and past trauma that contribute to binge eating symptoms.
Developing a healthy body image and relationship with food is not an overnight fix. Finding a solution and achieving serenity regarding the issues causing and contributing to BED will be a process requiring support, and the ability to recognize it won’t be a perfect journey. Ultimately, individuals must learn to treat themselves with the compassion and self-awareness needed for lasting recovery.
Support Castlewood and the Alliance for Eating Disorder Awareness in their fight to raise awareness for eating disorders by sharing a selfie or worldview on Instagram or Facebook using the hashtags: #NoFilter #CWrecovery #AllianceForEDA. Challenge your friends to do the same. Take it a step further, donate to the cause and help fund treatment for those seeking recovery from their eating disorders.