Do you feel out of control or shameful when you eat?

You may have binge-eating disorder. Binge-eating disorder (BED) is so misunderstood, even though it is the MOST COMMON eating disorder, There are so many myths about this eating disorder (to be covered in multiple blog posts in the future).

Many counselors will prescribe weight-loss systems to their clients with BED, but not me. I know that these diet plans only set people up for failure. I believe that learning to trust and understand your body and it's cues, dealing with the shame, and understanding how past experiences and society have impacted your relationship with food and your body are the ways to move toward the life you want.

I do not ever shame my clients. I provide you with a safe, nonjudgmental space to explore issues that are important, relevant, and possibly have never been shared before. This is important because it is in my office where you can feel safe enough to be yourself and experience unconditional acceptance.

If you have binge-eating disorder, I want to help you. Please contact me for a free consultation and let's make a plan, together.

Possible signs?

  • eating large amounts of food, often in secret
  • hiding food or eating in secret
  • eating when not hungry
  • feeling out of control when eating
  • feelings of shame and guilt
  • fluctuations in weight may be present
  • using food to deal with emotions

Diagnosing binge eating disorder

According to the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5th Edition, 2013)

  • Recurrent episodes of binge eating. An episode of binge eating is characterized by both of the following:
    • eating, in a discrete period of time (for example, within any 2-hour period), an amount of food that is definitely larger than most people would eat in a similar period of time under similar circumstances
    • a sense of lack of control over eating during the episode (for example, a feeling that one cannot stop eating or control what or how much one is eating)
  • The binge-eating episodes are associated with three (or more) of the following:
    • eating much more rapidly than normal
    • eating until feeling uncomfortably full 
    • eating large amounts of food when not feeling physically hungry 
    • eating alone because of feeling embarrassed by how much one is eating
    • feeling disgusted with oneself, depressed, or very guilty afterwards
  • Marked distress regarding binge eating is present.
  • The binge eating occurs, on average, at least once a week for three months.
  • The binge eating is not associated with the recurrent use of inappropriate compensatory behavior (for example, purging) and does not occur exclusively during the course Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, or Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder.