Binge-Eating Recovery is within your reach. Stretch out your hand.

Binge-Eating responds to Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: We become what we do.

Overcoming Binge Eating by Dr. Christopher Fairburn offers an excellent overview. We’ll review his perspective.

Binge-Eating has been characterized as a form of addiction. With compulsive eating and food addiction thrown in, one sees why.

What in fact is a binge?

When I was a child the term “binge” usually meant one thing to most folks: drinking to excess. You had a booze problem. Dad was a drunk, not an alcoholic. Times and terms change.

For some a “binge” is just a slip or a lapse, a simple over-doing it. But for others it is a loss of control over their eating. This is a major problem for a large number of people.

Some people apply the term addiction to describe many forms of repetitive behavior. We are coffee addicts, love addicts, TV addicts, and porn addicts. Any action we repeat and seem unable to stop. Review Binge-Eating in relation to Food-Addiction.

Is Food Addiction Killing Our Nation?

A major difference may be treatment. Abstinence in Binge-Eating may occur for short periods of time, but not permanently. We must continue to eat.

So relapses are to be expected and should be accepted. Moderation is the approach of choice in dealing with Binge Eating.

Is there a relationship between Binging on food and Substance Abuse like alcohol addiction? Let us explore Addiction-To-Alcohol.

Can Spirituality help us with Over Eating Relapse?

In Binge-Eating, lapse not relapse is considered appropriate.

The “bottom line” must be what works, that is, effective for you.

The size of binges is very individual. Some people consume large quantities of food during a binge. Some as much as 15,000 to 20,000 calories at one time. Of course, this is not typical.

The typical binge is 1000 to 2000 calories. One informant with bulimia nervosa had binges of more than 5000 calories. So, it isn’t surprising that binge-eating can become expensive.

Binging can be triggered by tension, eating, being alone, depression, cravings, food and on the mind. It seems obvious that bingers have food as a focus more often than most people.

Many of us have heard of “binging and purging” and of the “slimmers disease,” anorexia nervosa, and compulsive over-eaters. Are You Side-Tracked By Obesity?

When is a Binge not a Binge?

Yet, sometimes, a binge is just a binge. Not affecting quality of life. Thanksgiving Dinner is sometimes that.

Yet, too often it can be a part of a vicious cycle which is difficult to break.

So how to deal with the food addiction of binge-eating?

Experience with those who binge eat, finds they view things in extreme black or white, all or nothing thinking.

This thinking is often associated with perfectionism.

All or nothing thinking encourages binge-eating since it leads people to abandon control after the slightest dietary transgression. Over-Weight, plump, fully formed, or is your SIZE a family or cultural affair?

Too Fat for Sex? Is Binging better than Sex? Your call.

It leads Bingers to set strict , highly specific dietary goals rather than general dietary (eating) guidelines. Alcohol and drugs can also be a problem for the same reason.

If Bingers were alcoholics one might call the all-or-nothing thinking, “stinking thinking.” In most of life’s occasions, except for Princess Cruise lines, good is good enough.

Perhaps the best suggestion can be to get professional help. Starting with your personal physician is always a good idea. In a therapeutic sense, a cognitive-behavioral approach can actually be a helpful therapy.

Dr Fairburn suggests the stages a Cognitive-Behavioral approach might take: What is really causing your obesity? Is weight loss possible?

Can The Stages of Eating Guide your weight loss?

First Stage: 1. Record in detail all eating when it happens.2. Introduce a regular pattern of eating. Others can help. 3. Use alternative actions/behaviors to help resist the urge to binge. 4. Learn all possible about food, nutrition, weight, and body shape.

Stage Two: 1. Gradually reintroduce avoided, possible trigger foods. Eliminate forms of strict dieting gradually. 2. Develop personal tools and skills for dealing with trouble spots. Perhaps, consider reviewing origins of binge-eating in family and social life. A trained professional can really be an advantage here. 3. Begin to identify problem ways of thinking, about Perfectionism in particular.

Stage Three: In planning for the future, have tools and strategies for realistically dealing with problems. We have a useful suggestion in this regard.

Our Addictions-Quote screen accents the Cognitive-Behavioral Approach. Addiction Quotes can support your best weight loss efforts and give you strength to continue.

Binge-Eating: Why change? Why Not?

Do you want to stop Binging?

Self-Help can work. However, our material is educational, not medical advice, you must get appropriate medical treatment.

In addiction, you should NOT consider using a self-help approach if any of the following apply:

You are pregnant. You have as serious illness. You are underweight. Your health is being affected by your binge-eating. You are depressed or significantly demoralized. You have general problems with impulse control.

Also, if alcohol, drugs, or self harm are involved in addition to eating behavior you must seek professional help.

Yes, we are belaboring this point because it is that serious. And you want the best help available, if you want change.

As your introduction to help get a copy of Dr. Christopher Fairburn’s book “Overcoming Binge Eating” and see his specific suggestions.

Bingeing is a close relative of Compulsive Eating.

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