Binge Eating Disorder is the most common eating disorder amongst American adults, affecting millions of individuals nationwide. B.E.D. affects roughly 3.5% of the adult female population, 2% of adult males, and nearly 1.6% of adolescents. The DSM-5, which was released in 2013, finally characterized binge eating disorder as a diagnosable psychological disorder – rather than as a subcategory of the eating disorder section (as it was listed in the DSM IV, which was released in 1994). This is extremely significant in the sense that many insurance companies will not cover eating disorder treatment for an individual unless his or her specific affliction is listed in the current DSM.
B.E.D. is Now Classified as a Diagnosable Disorder
If you struggle with B.E.D. and are in need of professional help in order to thoroughly and successfully recover, there is treatment available to you. We at Willow Place for Women have extensive experience in treating B.E.D. and all related disorders. So, for more information on eating disorders and for a comprehensive list of available treatment options, please feel free to contact one of our trained representatives today. If you are unsure as to whether or not you suffer from BED, take a look at the following facts. They may help you determine whether or not professional help is a necessity.
Binge Eating Disorder Facts
- People struggling with binge eating disorder are not always overweight. In fact, many individuals who struggle with binge eating disorder are underweight or of average size.
- Binge eating is far from a simple lack of self-control. Recovery from binge eating disorder entails acquiring a deeper understanding of how food can be an unhealthy coping mechanism. And, the regaining of emotional health and stability.
- Most binge eaters will restrict their diets during the day.
- When binge eaters engage in overeating, both dopamine and opioids release in the brain. This provides a pleasurable chemical reaction similar to shooting dope or taking painkillers.
- Binge eaters often feel an unmeasurable amount of shame regarding their own behaviors and bodies. Overcoming this shame is often the most difficult aspect of recovery.
- Commenting on food intake and exercise patterns will typically only make matters worse. True recovery will come from involvement in a supportive and nurturing 12-step program, such as Overeaters Anonymous or EDA.
- Binge eating is essentially the same as anorexia and bulimia. This is in the sense that treatment methods are similar and psychological processes are very much alike.
- Most individuals who suffer from binge eating disorder simultaneously struggle with perfectionism. They are not lazy or weak-willed.
- Most binge eaters will avoid eating in front of others. This is out of fear that their peers are constantly judging their food intake (which is, of course, merely a projection).
- Nearly 2% of all adults throughout the US (close to 4 million men and women) suffer from binge eating disorder – you are not alone!
Get Help for Binge Eating Disorder at Willow Place for Women
Willow Place for Women is a facility that helps women gain the education, support, and accountability they need to recover from trauma, substance abuse, and eating disorders. If you or a loved one is struggling with binge eating disorder, we are here for you. Contact us today on our website or give us a call at 1-888-651-4212 to speak confidentially with one of our specialists.