Binge Eating and Unhealthy Weight Gain
Binge eaters can consume a very large number of calories in one meal. While some binges consist of a normal amount of food, as much as 20,000 calories may be consumed at a time. Constant episodes of compulsive overeating may lead to a person becoming overweight or even obese, although there are individuals who still maintain a normal weight.
How can binge eating be treated? Attending eating disorder treatment at an eating disorder treatment facility can be very helpful to those who are lead to binge eat. Binge eating may arise out of stress and an inability to deal with emotions, boredom, depression, or outbursts of hostility. Therapy sessions are provided at most eating disorder treatment clinics which help to deal with these psychological aspects of binge eating disorder.
Effects of Binge Eating Disorder
A guilty conscience and feelings of nausea often follow a binge. More severe consequences of long-term compulsive overeating include:
- Heart disease
- Elevated blood pressure
- Loss of a job
- Kidney Disease
- Drastic mood changes
- High cholesterol
- Disease of the gallbladder
- Poor school performance
- Diabetes (type 2)
It is very important to recognize binge eating disorder in its early stages and seek out eating disorder treatment at a binge eating treatment center before these long-term consequences take place.
Weight loss and Eating Disorder Treatment
One common debate regarding binge eating disorder is whether or not weight loss should occur before or after eating disorder treatment in a binge eating disorder residential program. Some argue that treating the underlying emotional causes of the disorder is more important than weight loss while others would agree that obesity should be dealt with first (typically through methods such as bariatric gastric bypass surgery).
As a compromise of these two methods, the best form of treatment for binge eating disorder may be one which provides both slight weight loss and psychological counseling. This can be done through eating disorder residential treatment that provides both healthy meals and therapy types which address the underlying causes of the binge eating disorder.
Casa Palmera is an inpatient treatment center which, among other conditions, provides treatment for those with eating disorders. Included among these eating disorders is binge eating. Through our specialized program offering a healthy meal plan, art therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy, among others, recovery is possible.