The Most Common Eating Disorder in the United States
Thanks in part to celebrities like Zayn Malik and Demi Lovato having the courage to talk about their struggles, people are starting to have open conversations about eating disorders. And anorexia and bulimia nervosa are the two conditions you hear about most often in these conversations. However, according to the US National Comorbidity Survey Replication, binge eating disorder is now the most common eating disorder in the country, affecting about 2.8 million Americans. That’s more than anorexia and bulimia combined.
What is Binge Eating Disorder?
The DSM-5 characterizes a binge eating episode as “consuming an abnormally large amount of food in a short period of time compared with what others might eat in the same amount of time under the same or similar circumstances and experiencing a loss of control over eating during the episode.” Furthermore, the episodes must include at least three of the following: “consuming food faster than normal; until uncomfortably full; consuming large amounts of food when not hungry; consuming food alone due to embarrassment; feeling disgusted, depressed, or guilty after eating a large amount of food”. It’s also important to note that binge eating disorder does not include purging, excessive exercise, or other methods of calorie compensation. Finally, these episodes occur once a week for three months on average.
How is Binge Eating Disorder Treated?
Binge eating disorder is not going hard at In-N-Out every once in a while. As Eating Disorder Hope points out, those who suffer from binge eating disorder also often have difficulties processing emotions. This includes having a hard time recognizing and understanding emotions, impulsivity, and difficulties tolerating negative emotions. Those of you who have been reading this blog for a while should recognize this as a major component of substance abuse as well as other eating disorders. Accordingly, binge eating disorder treatment often consists of some of the same modalities those disorders require. Cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the most effective methods. A study by Iacovino et al. revealed that 79% of participants no longer engaged in binge eating after 20 sessions of CBT. Additionally, nutritional therapy can teach clients how to rebuild their relationship with food, while a guided exercise program helps with esteem and body image issues.
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Ocean Recovery has been successfully treating BED and other eating disorders since 2002. Cognitive behavioral therapy, nutritional therapy, and yoga are just a few of the services we offer to our clients. If you or someone you know is suffering from an eating disorder, please consider giving Ocean Recovery a call today. We are located in sunny Newport Beach, California and our admissions specialists are standing by. Start building your foundation for success.