Frequently asked questions about binge eating disorder
Symptoms of binge eating disorder may include:
- Recurrent episodes of binge eating (consuming large quantities of food in a short period of time), often to the point of discomfort
- Feeling out of control during episodes of overeating
- Eating much more rapidly than normal
- Eating until feeling uncomfortably full
- Eating large amounts of food when not physically hungry
- Eating alone due to embarrassment or shame about the amount of food consumed
- Feelings of guilt, shame, or distress after binge episodes
The exact causes of binge eating disorder are not fully understood, but a number of factors may place someone at elevated risk for developing the condition. These may include:
- Genetic predisposition
- Psychological factors such as low self-esteem and negative body image
- A history of childhood trauma
- A history of dieting or disordered eating
- Co-occurring mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, or substance abuse
Diagnosing binge eating disorder involves a comprehensive assessment by a healthcare professional. They will evaluate symptoms, medical history, and may use psychological assessments to determine if the criteria for the condition are met. At Geode Health, our experts specialize in diagnosing binge eating disorder by evaluating the whole person, including co-occuring mental health conditions, and creating individual treatment plans tailored to each person’s symptoms and goals.
Binge eating disorder can have serious health consequences, including:
- Obesity and other metabolic conditions such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease
- Gastrointestinal issues such as acid reflux or digestive problems
- Mental health issues like depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem
- Social isolation and difficulties in relationships
- Impaired quality of life and decreased overall well-being
Binge eating disorder treatment options
Psychotherapy, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) or Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), is generally the first-line treatment for binge eating disorder. Psychotherapy helps individuals understand and change their thoughts, behaviors, and emotions related to food and eating.
Nutritional counseling can play an important role in the treatment of binge eating disorder. Registered dietitians or nutritionists can provide guidance and support in developing a balanced eating plan, addressing triggers for emotional eating, and promoting a healthier relationship with food.
In some cases, medication may be prescribed alongside psychotherapy to treat binge eating disorder. Certain medications, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), may help reduce binge eating episodes. These medications can also help treat any co-occurring mood disorders such as depression.
Get treatment for binge eating disorder at Geode Health
Our experienced team of healthcare professionals specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of binge eating disorder. We offer personalized care and evidence-based treatments to help you on your journey to recovery. Take the first step today by contacting a Geode location near you.
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