Overeating & Binge Eating

Overeating & Binge Eating

You may have heard of anorexia and bulimia, but have you heard of binge eating disorder or (BED)? If you find yourself quickly and repeatedly eating large quantities of food, you might be among the 1 in 35 adults who suffer from this disorder. Dr. Taji Huang of Glendale, CA, wants you to know that life-changing help for problems with overeating and binge eating is just a phone call away.

Do I Have Binge Eating Disorder?

There are many signs that those disappearing pizzas, family taco meals, and tubs of ice cream are a symptom of something much deeper than a bad day. Consulting with a certified psychologist like Dr. Taji Huang is the best way to get a diagnosis properly.

Here are a few of the most common symptoms of binge eating disorder.

  • You Feel Like You’ve Tried All The Diets Without Losing Weight
  • You Eat Even When You’re Not Really Hungry
  • You Eat Large Amounts In A Short Amount Of Time
  • You Feel Out Of Control As You Overeat
  • You Usually Eat Alone Or Sneak Food
  • You’re Uncomfortably Full After Meals
  • You Eat Quickly During A Binge
  • You Feel Guilty After Bingeing

Bingeing & Obesity

Being labeled as an obese person isn’t great for self-esteem. Did you know that 70% of binge eaters are obese? If this is you, you know that all the salt, fat, and sugar are hard on your body. You don’t need to be told at every checkup that you’re damaging your heart.

From misleading clothing sizes to the dimensions of a seat, it can often seem that the world was made for thinner people. It can be distressing both physically and mentally, and the eating sprees still happen. Like many others, you start to wonder, “what’s wrong with me?”.

BED Vs. Bulimia

Finding much information on just binge eating can be hard. You may be more familiar with treatments and descriptions for another overeating disorder, bulimia. Binge eating disorder is not the same thing as bulimia. Some people with bulimia do quickly overeat large amounts of food before a purge. BED sufferers don’t regularly purge their food.

Dieting & Why Some Dr’s Are Getting It Wrong

It’s frustrating to reach out for help only to be told you need to diet. Many well-meaning physicians and dietitians recommend that people who overeat go on restrictive diets. You’ve tried that though, right? And every single time it ends the same way, with a night or a day of quickly consumed, bad for you foods and then guilt, shame, disgust, and depression drop by.

It’s Not Willpower, It’s Your Brain

If you are experiencing symptoms of binge eating disorder or have problems with overeating, you may be feeling or treated by others like it’s all you. Like you’re not trying hard enough, or you need more willpower.

Since 2013, this disorder has been recognized as a genuine mental disorder. It has nothing to do with not wanting it bad enough. What wouldn’t you give to get out of these destructive cycles?

Getting To The Root Of Overeating

Sometimes it seems like the harder to try to lose weight, the more you end up bingeing. That’s because you can’t attack BED with diet and exercise alone. This eating disorder lives in the brain.

CBT For Eating Disorders

The good news is that cognitive behavioral therapy in the hands of a therapist experienced in this approach is incredibly effective in treating overeating and binge eating. Approaching the reasons behind your problems with food and learning to rethink this relationship could be the key to success you’ve been looking for.

CBT helps you learn coping mechanisms and identify triggers that cause compulsive overeating. You and your eating disorder therapist can develop systems that put you back in control of how and what you eat.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Can Also Help

DBT is another form of therapy that can help you with eating-related disorders. You learn new behaviors and skills to use during stressful or depressing times. You also learn how to handle relationships in healthier ways.

Over time food isn’t your only source of comfort or reward. You can turn to these tools instead and cope with things in a guilt-free way that won’t add to your waistline.

Get Treatment For Binge Eating In Glendale

If you live in California and are looking for obesity counseling or help with food-related issues, we can help. Dr. Taji Huang, in Glendale, looks forward to meeting you and helping you finally break the bonds of food addiction and binge eating. She is experienced with both CBT and DBT.

Take your first step towards a healthier relationship with food and yourself. Contact her today to schedule your appointment.

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