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.
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
You’ve been diligently paying your insurance premiums, sometimes
through work, but believe me you are still paying them, for years –
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?