The best part about owning up to a problem is mustering the courage to get help. Featured here are the people you need to confront binge eating, the most common of eating disorders now affecting 3.5% of women and 2% of men in the United States. Love and professional support are everywhere.
Psychotherapy is all about empowering an individual to work through life’s difficulties. Psychotherapists have formal training and experience so they are the best people to talk to while recovering from binge eating. These professionals can lead the way to the right treatment strategy, assess progress, and analyze the cause. In many cultures, sufferers have to deal with the public stigma of seeing a psychiatrist. According to the British Psychological Society, fear of being stigmatized or self-stigma is the most common reason that sufferers refuse to seek treatment of binge eating disorder.
Sadly, this way of thinking holds no empowerment. Seeking help is power because it means the sufferer has taken the difficult step of acknowledging that a problem exists. That requires tremendous courage too.
Unfortunately, binge eating disorder can be caused by family-related issues such as genetics, disharmony, traumatic experiences and parental preoccupation. A good psychotherapist will always actively involve the immediate family as well as close friends in the healing process. Family therapy, an effective recovery strategy, involves educating family members on what the sufferer is going through: the underlying cause, the stages of recovery, and the support needed. It is also an opportunity to look into the family dynamics to see if relationships among members are strained or communication practices are unhealthy.
Life is full of problems but eating fast and too much while feeling ashamed and guilty isn’t the answer. Registered dieticians can not only recommend meal plans for a healthy and balanced diet, they can also change the way a sufferer perceives food. After all, it is possible for an individual to go from binge eating to bulimia, or from anorexia to binge eating so improving one’s relationship with food is really important. Keeping a food diary can help sufferers understand their own emotional response to eating.
Life is about balance: eating right and staying active; owning up to problems and feeling good about oneself. With the right support, treatment of binge eating disorder is possible.