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Binge Eating Treatment in NYC

What is Binge Eating Disorder?

When you consume a large amount of food in a short amount of time way past the point of fullness, you are bingeing on food. Bingeing is also characterized by wanting to escape from overwhelming emotions, feeling numb, and feeling remorse or guilt afterwards. Bingeing is also known as compulsive eating or emotional eating and when done for a prolonged period of time, can contribute to obesity and other health issues. Binge eating disorder is often accompanied by other psychological problems as well, such as anxiety, depression, OCD, impulsivity, and personality disorders.

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How Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) Can Help with Binge Eating Disorder

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has been proven effective in the treatment of Binge Eating Disorder. CBT Treatment can help you:

Learn More about Binge Eating Disorder

If you are interested in more technical details about Binge Eating, please continue to read below, but at any point feel free to call us if we can be of help.

How is Binge Eating Disorder Defined?

Binge eating disorder is characterized by distinct overeating episodes called binges.  Typically binges involve consuming unusually large amounts of food for a single meal. Calories may range from 3,000 to 15,000 or more.  This is accompanied by a “feeling” of being out of control, or feeling compelled to do it. Anticipating a binge can involve positive feelings such as excitement or relief. Likewise the binge itself can be a temporary respite from negative emotions. But, for many, the times before and during binges can also consist of negative emotions, similar to those that follow the binge. Binges are often followed by feelings of shame, embarrassment (although usually binge eaters engage in the behavior alone), guilt, anxiety, etc.  

Binge Eating Disorder Diagnosis:

The American Psychiatric Association includes Binge Eating Disorder in the Appendix as a syndrome in need of further study.  It may be the most common eating disorder in the US, with estimates as high as 4%. But, currently it is not included as an Axis I disorder. A diagnosis of Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified can be given when appropriate.  It is likely that the next version of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders will likely include Binge Eating Disorder, given the attention obesity is receiving.  

Binge Eating Disorder Causes:

There is not consensus regarding the etiology of binge eating disorder. There is a great likelihood that genes and other biological factors, such as neurotransmitters or hormones play a role, but the amounts of influence are yet to be determined.  In addition various situational and behavioral events are likely involved.  Periods of calorie restriction (typical dieting), stress, interpersonal strife, and deficiencies in modulating emotions and other behavioral coping strategies put people at greater risk of developing the disorder.  Binge episodes can be triggered by various situational, emotional, or interpersonal variables.  Some of the most common include boredom, anger, anxiety, stress, loneliness, rejection, disappointment, etc.

Binge Eating Disorder Treatment:

Binge eating is treatable! According to the scientific community, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Interpersonal Therapy are believed to be effective. During therapy, many clients will experience a reduction in binges, weight, as well as anxiety and other emotional symptoms, and an improvement in relationships.

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