Compulsive Eating Disorder: Treatment, Therapy and Self Help

Compulsive eating disorder or binge eating disorders are the most common type of eating disorders. Between 2 and 4% of the general population could have it and as many as 30% of those seeking weight loss treatment could have this eating disorder. Let’s look at some of the available options for compulsive eating disorder treatment.

Anyone who finds that they eat compulsively and uncontrollably should seek treatment. People with a compulsive disorder are very frequently overweight and may have health issues relating to this. However, even those who are not overweight can benefit.

Stress, emotional upheavals and guilt could trigger episodes of binging. The person may eat in secret, eat to the point of feeling sick and may think of food all the time. There is a feeling of powerlessness and even self disgust. A person with these symptoms has to acknowledge that there is a problem and that they need to seek a treatment.


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Since compulsive eating is a mental disorder with emotional components, getting into therapy to pinpoint the root causes of the disorder can be very helpful. Therapy can help a person keep track of their eating and learn how to change unhealthy eating habits.

Dealing with issues such as low self esteem, childhood abuse, childhood obesity, and negative body image may be part of therapy. In addition, a person can learn coping mechanisms to deal with stressful or emotionally volatile situations.

Group Therapy

A person with an eating disorder can consider joining a support group. This helps the person feel less alone and isolated. It offers hope to see others who are suffering similarly, and it can be inspiring to hear the success stories of others who have overcome their disorder or at least got it under control.

Getting into a program such as Overeaters Anonymous can be of great help. The 12 step program offered can be of help to anyone who has a problematic relationship to food, and not just compulsive eaters.

Self Help

Compulsive eating disorder treatment can include self help strategies to reduce stress by learning relaxation techniques, meditating, etc. without resorting to food. One can also learn about nutrition and get re-educated about eating, particularly learning to eat mindfully. It is also important to learn to listen to the body.

One can start exercising and make sure to get enough sleep. It is also important to avoid boredom. All this can go a long way to avoid situations that lead to binging.

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