Binge Eating Disorder

Too many women in Memphis are suffering from eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and complusive overeating or Binge Eating Disorder (BED). Those that eat uncontrollably or frequently have episodes of binge eating suffer from what is known as compulsive overeating disorder.  While a man or woman is in the midst of binge eating, they may not feel that they are at all in control.  They eat at a much quicker rate and even though they may be uncomfortably full, they will continue eating.  Following these moments, they generally feel guilt and depression.  An important difference between bulimics and compulsive overeaters is that overeaters do not compensate due to guilt by methods such purging, using laxatives, vomiting, or fasting.

Even though they may not be hungry, compulsive overeaters will still eat.  Thoughts of food occupy their head and they have secret food fantasies, typically involving eating alone.  As expected, their activities oftentimes lead to obesity and weight gain.  However, it is important to keep in mind that not all obese people are compulsive overeaters.

Other activities compulsive overeaters may participate in include grazing behavior.  That is when they return back throughout the day to constantly pick at food again and again.  Obviously, this behavior will result in the accumulation of a large amount of calories, even though each serving may be small, it will still add up in total.  If binging is the primary activity of the compulsive overeater, she is said to suffer from a binge eating disorder.  If there is an absence of binging, but still continuous overeating, then she is said to have a compulsive overeating disorder.

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Each individual is unique as are their life circumstances. The eating disorder program at our center takes this into account. We provide individual therapy sessions, group therapy and family therapy as well as nutritional counseling, client support /family groups and mind/body therapy sessions.

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