Binge eating disorder is a true medical disorder.

 

It’s not just a made up disorder by marketers to sell diets

and pills to the unsuspecting overeater or folks with a few

pounds to lose.

 

Recently named to “the” book on psychiatric disorders, “The

DSM 5”  (The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental

Disorders, Fifth Edition) the condition was updated and

upgraded to a disorder that has allowed it to be covered

by insurance companies.

 

minimalistic illustration of a doctor holding a blackboard with Binge Eating Disorder text, eps10 vector

 

Many folks have known that anorexia and bulimia have long

qualified for the status of inpatient (and outpatient) treatment.

 

It is relatively still unknown to most people that Binge Eating

Disorder is now also covered. If the feedback we receive here

is any indication, a lot of our readers didn’t even know binge

eating was “a thing”.

 

Feedback of, “OMG, finally someone is describing what has

been going on with me for years!” is common.

 

While the treatment of binge eating is still relatively new at some

treatment centers, it is rapidly becoming one of the major new

areas of care for rehab centers.

 

Now let’s address the issues around deciding to seek treatment.

 

The main one is shame and embarrassment. Binge eating is a

disorder of isolation. We eat in private, we try to buy in secret

and we have to literally live a double life to maintain our “habit.”

 

So the idea of “coming out of the closet” to take 20 to 30 or

more days off, informing our benefit manager at work and

actually spending the time focusing on ourselves(many, many

more posts on this to come) so we can get better and change

our behavior(not to mention giving up our friend, our lover and

our confidant – FOOD) is just overwhelming.

 

Sometimes too overwhelming to consider. I’ve heard a lot of times

that just thinking about it triggers binges.

 

He’s my take on it.

 

If you’re like me, you’ve tried literally everything in the book to

stop on your own. You’re exhausted. Many times you’re carrying

around lots of extra pounds.

 

You have no one you can talk honestly to about this issue in your

life.

 

You’ve been diligently paying your insurance premiums, sometimes

through work, but believe me you are still paying them, for years –

decades maybe.

 

So the only thing I need to convince you of – is for you to actually rest

for a time?

 

To take some time for yourself? To let someone else prepare the meals?

 

To talk with other people who have traveled the same path and succeeded?

 

To meet folks who are literally in the same boat as you? Someone

you could talk honestly to – maybe for the first time in your life?

 

As I read that it seems like it would be easy.

 

But we both know it’s not.

 

It reminds me of the Mark Twain quote:

 

“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble.

It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”

 

What I thought I knew for sure was this (and I was adamant about it

for years)    —-  “I can do this myself”

 

I believe if I just tried harder, if I just focused more, shopped different,

exercised more, changed food plans, fasted longer, juiced better or

stuck to the newest and greatest diet from Dr. Oz – then – then I would

stop binge eating.

 

I bet you can guess how that worked out.

 

Treatment is a viable option for some. It’s not the only option – hardly.

 

But if you’re ready to draw a line in the sand, are open to let some kind

and compassionate people help you, then you may benefit from treatment.

 

If you need help choosing a treatment center, feel free to email me directly

(and WITH 100% confidence that it will stay between us) at Michael at

bingeeating  dot c. Please excuse the cryptic code but we have to stop the

crazy spammers who would harvest the email,  it’s obviously .com

 

And please let us hear from you below:

 

Have you been to treatment for binge eating?

 

Did it help?

 

Would you recommend it? Why or why not?

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