Binge Eating Disorders

binge eating

You feel like you can’t stop eating –  even if you’re already full. You quickly eat a lot – even when you’re not hungry. Then comes shame…and that out-of-control feeling. And the cycle starts again.

Binge eating disorder affects about 5.6 million women and 3.1 million men nationwide. While we all tend to overeat once in a while, people with binge eating disorder feel powerless to control their eating. These feelings can cause anxiety and depression – along with shame – and result in difficulties with weight gain and general health.

Getting the right help to modify your behavior and develop a healthier relationship with food starts by having a frank, open conversation with your physician.

Some of the questions you may need to be prepared to answer honestly include:

  • Once you start eating, can you stop?
  • What are your true feelings about how much you eat?
  • Do you eat quickly?
  • Do you keep eating past the point of being uncomfortably full?
  • Have you ever lied to someone about how much you eat?
  • Do you prefer to eat alone? If so, why?

Dr. Davis has many years of experience working with patients who are troubled by difficulties with binge eating. She understands that beating binge eating is not about willpower. Our approach is to meet with you and thoroughly discuss your specific situation. Dr. Davis may prescribe one of the several medications that have proven to be effective in suppressing the desire to binge eat. Often, we will also recommend cognitive behavior therapy, to help you change your thoughts about eating and understand what triggers your binges.

What else can you can do?

You can do two things to augment the professional help you are getting to beat binge eating. First, work on managing your stress. Stress makes it more likely that you’ll binge eat – so develop some positive ways to manage your stress, such as yoga, meditation, exercise and massage therapy.  Second, ask your physician to recommend a nutrition counselor who can teach you about healthy eating. He/she can help you learn to prepare and choose foods that will have a positive impact on your overall wellness. If you have weight loss goals, the nutrition counselor and your doctor can work together to map out a plan for losing weight without triggering binge eating.