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Is Treatment an Option for Binge Eating?

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Binge eating disorder is a true medical disorder.

It’s not just a made up disorder by marketers to sell diets

and pills to the unsuspecting overeater or folks with a few

pounds to lose.

Recently named to “the” book on psychiatric disorders, “The

DSM 5”  (The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental

Disorders, Fifth Edition) the condition was updated and

upgraded to a disorder that has allowed it to be covered

by insurance companies.

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Many folks have known that anorexia and bulimia have long

qualified for the status of inpatient (and outpatient) treatment.

It is relatively still unknown to most people that Binge Eating

Disorder is now also covered. If the feedback we receive here

is any indication, a lot of our readers didn’t even know binge

eating was “a thing”.

Feedback of, “OMG, finally someone is describing what has

been going on with me for years!” is common.

While the treatment of binge eating is still relatively new at some

treatment centers, it is rapidly becoming one of the major new

areas of care for rehab centers.

Now let’s address the issues around deciding to seek treatment.

The main one is shame and embarrassment. Binge eating is a

disorder of isolation. We eat in private, we try to buy in secret

and we have to literally live a double life to maintain our “habit.”

So the idea of “coming out of the closet” to take 20 to 30 or

more days off, informing our benefit manager at work and

actually spending the time focusing on ourselves(many, many

more posts on this to come) so we can get better and change

our behavior(not to mention giving up our friend, our lover and

our confidant – FOOD) is just overwhelming.

Sometimes too overwhelming to consider. I’ve heard a lot of times

that just thinking about it triggers binges.

He’s my take on it.

If you’re like me, you’ve tried literally everything in the book to

stop on your own. You’re exhausted. Many times you’re carrying

around lots of extra pounds.

You have no one you can talk honestly to about this issue in your


You’ve been diligently paying your insurance premiums, sometimes

through work, but believe me you are still paying them, for years –

decades maybe.

So the only thing I need to convince you of – is for you to actually rest

for a time?

To take some time for yourself? To let someone else prepare the meals?

To talk with other people who have traveled the same path and succeeded?

To meet folks who are literally in the same boat as you? Someone

you could talk honestly to – maybe for the first time in your life?

As I read that it seems like it would be easy.

But we both know it’s not.

It reminds me of the Mark Twain quote:

“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble.

It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”

What I thought I knew for sure was this (and I was adamant about it

for years)    —-  “I can do this myself”

I believe if I just tried harder, if I just focused more, shopped different,

exercised more, changed food plans, fasted longer, juiced better or

stuck to the newest and greatest diet from Dr. Oz – then – then I would

stop binge eating.

I bet you can guess how that worked out.

Treatment is a viable option for some. It’s not the only option – hardly.

But if you’re ready to draw a line in the sand, are open to let some kind

and compassionate people help you, then you may benefit from treatment.

If you need help choosing a treatment center, feel free to email me directly

(and WITH 100% confidence that it will stay between us) at Michael at

bingeeating  dot c. Please excuse the cryptic code but we have to stop the

crazy spammers who would harvest the email,  it’s obviously .com

And please let us hear from you below:

Have you been to treatment for binge eating?

Did it help?

Would you recommend it? Why or why not?

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6 Responses

  1. I have been going to an eating disorder clinic for several years now. They treat many eating disorders there but do not really seem to know what to do with me. Since I do not perge they act like the problem is not real and did not really want to continue talk therapy. I hope that maybe now this will change.

    1. You could try 12 step meetings or
      another therapy group. I would urge
      you to find the right therapist and
      continue. It can work wonders!

  2. I have been a binge eater all of my life. I remember feeling shame, and hating the fact that I could not stop eating, like other people around me. I was hungry and looking for food within an hour of eating, and once I started, I could not finish until all the food I was eating was gone… no matter how much it hurt or how sick I felt.
    I even had my stomach stapled, reversed for getting too thin, and regained all the weight. Later I had gastric bypass surgery, and lost weight, but have regained almost all of it.
    I just don’t know what to do anymore, or if there is any hope for my having a normal life, ever.

    1. Hello Julianne,

      There is absolutely hope for a better
      than normal life. Look around the site.
      We are here to help. If you have further
      questions reach me through the contact us
      and I’ll be happy to help you.


  3. I am just so scared they’re going to brush it off as a “fat person’s” simple lack of discipline but it’s not! I get out and get moving, I love being outside with my 1.5 year old and my 2 month old. Having children has made the secrecy worse. I find myself hiding to eat junk so my kids don’t pick up my unhealthy habits. I tried talking to my husband (he’s an overeater dealing with his own food crisis) and he really had no clue what to do. His response was therapy. I don’t know. I could go on and on, I REALLY REALLY want help, but I NEED someone to be serious about it with me. I think a huge part of my problem comes from rejection and not measuring up with my parents and then with boyfriends and still often with my husband (though he’s much more realistic and gentle about things but still gets irritable like a normal person) so I don’t really know if I can handle being rejected by a therapist or recovery center, the very people I’m being vulnerable with and asking for help. What should I do???!!!

    1. Hi Katie,

      Sorry for the terribly late reply but we have been
      working mostly on SugarAddiction.com and there is just
      so much time in the day. I can tell you that we are very,
      very serious. We have grown so much it’s a bit overwhelming.
      But if you are still serious just email me here on the contact
      page and you and I will figure this thing out for you.
      Talk then. PS: We(I) would never reject you. We’ve been where
      you are and understand completely.

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