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Emotional Eating (BED)

Do you suffer from overeating in San Diego?

Overeating, emotional and stress eating, formally diagnosed as Binge Eating Disorder (BED), and more commonly known as Compulsive Overeating, is characterized by recurrent episodes of consuming unusually large amounts of food in a short period of time, grazing heavily all day, or eating uncontrollably past the point of feeling comfortably full. These symptoms are often used to ease discomfort, provide relief, fill a perceived void, and cope with depression, anxiety, anger, fear or loss. Unlike with Bulimia, these episodes of binging are not followed by the regular use of inappropriate compensatory behaviors such as purging, restricted food intake, laxative use or excessive exercise. Don’t suffer in silence, Healing Within Reach offers eating disorder help in San Diego. Please contact us for our treatment options related to binge eating disorder.

Health risks from Binge Eating Disorders:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol levels
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Type II Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Joint pain

Currently nine million Americans struggle with binge eating making it the most common eating disorder in the country. The paradox of binge eating is that it is simultaneously a well-guarded secret (squirreling away foods in our desk drawers or numbly eating in the privacy of our living rooms) and a socially acceptable behavior (the “rewards” for making it through another stressful week). To address weight and binging, Americans currently spend annually over 40 billion dollars on diets, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), BusinessWeek Magazine and MSNBC, though it is commonly accepted that diets don’t work. BusinessWeek wrote that diets offer “no long term return on investment” and cites a 2006 study in The New England Journal of Medicine, revealing that most people who participate in weight-loss programs regain about one-third of the weight lost during the next year and are typically back to baseline in three to five years.

Most doctors, researchers and nutritionists agree, that a balanced approach involving lifestyle changes with nutrition, exercise and cultivating healthy coping skills is the best solution for weight loss and healthy living. For lasting change, find out more about our Eating Disorder Help in San Diego.

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