Understanding Binge Eating Disorders: Finding Support through Options Wellbeing
In today’s fast-paced and body conscious world, the relationship we have with food can become complicated, leading to various eating disorders that significantly impact our physical and mental health, social lives, aspirations and achievements. The pandemic has led to a rise in the incidence of eating disorders and unhealthy eating habits. Many individuals turn to controlling their food intake through restriction, overeating, and purging, as a way to regain a sense of control when life is feeling out of control.
One such condition is binge eating disorder (BED), which affects countless individuals globally. If you or someone you know is struggling with this condition, it’s crucial to understand its nature and available support options.
What is Binge Eating Disorder?
Binge eating disorder is when there are regular episodes of consuming an excessive amount of food within a short period of time, accompanied by a lack of control over one’s eating behaviour. These episodes often result in feelings of guilt, shame, disappointment and distress. Unlike Bulimia Nervosa, individuals with BED do not engage in compensatory behaviours, such as purging which involves trying to rid the body of food after eating or excessive exercise after binging.
The emotional and psychological toll of BED can be immense. It can lead to obesity, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and other related health complications such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Recognising the signs and seeking help is the first step toward recovery.
Options Wellbeing: Your Path to Recovery
If you or someone you care about is struggling with binge eating disorder, disordered eating patterns, or unhelpful coping mechanisms related to food, there is hope. Options Wellbeing offers a compassionate and comprehensive approach to addressing these challenges. Our specialised programme, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Eating Disorders (CBT-E), is designed to provide tailored support for individuals aged 18 and above. CBT-E is also the recommended model for treatment as stated by The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Eating Disorders (CBT-E)
CBT-E is a well-established, structured therapeutic, 16-20 session approach that has proven effective in treating various eating disorders, including binge eating disorder. This evidence-based therapy focuses on identifying and altering the patterns of thinking and behaviour that contribute to the condition.
Although the approach is structured, CBT-E is also personalised to each individual’s needs and concerns. It addresses the underlying psychological factors that contribute to binge eating and helps individuals develop healthier coping strategies. This therapy also aims to improve self-esteem, body dissatisfaction, challenging core beliefs, facts around feared foods and weight change as well as improvement in overall emotional well-being and self-worth.
How to Seek Help
Taking the first step toward seeking help is often the most challenging, but it’s also the most important. If you or someone you know is ready to break free from the cycle of binge eating disorder, disordered eating, or harmful food-related coping mechanisms, Options Wellbeing is here to support you in a compassionate and non-judgemental way.
You can get in touch with us through our website’s contact form at https://bit.ly/3PFVcQK or by calling 023 8063 0219.
Our team of dedicated professionals is committed to guiding you through your journey to recovery with empathy, expertise, and a non-judgmental approach.
Remember, you don’t have to navigate the challenges of binge eating disorder alone. Support is available and your path to recovery starts with reaching out.
If you’re aged 18 or above and looking for help with eating disorders, disordered eating, or unhelpful coping behaviours related to food, Options Wellbeing’s CBT-E program can make a meaningful difference in your life.
Don’t wait any longer – take that courageous step toward reclaiming your mental and physical wellbeing today.
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