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What is the treatment for Binge-Eating Disorder?

Eating disorders can be treated and a healthy weight restored. The sooner these disorders are diagnosed and treated, the better the outcomes are likely to be. Because of their complexity, eating disorders require a comprehensive treatment plan involving medical care and monitoring, psychosocial interventions, nutritional counseling and, when appropriate, medication management. At the time of diagnosis, the clinician must determine whether the person is in immediate danger and requires hospitalization.

The treatment goals and strategies for binge-eating disorder are similar to those for bulimia, and studies are currently evaluating the effectiveness of various interventions.

In the mean time there are several different ways to treat binge eating disorder:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy teaches people how to keep track of their eating, change their unhealthy eating habits, and teaches them how to cope with stressful situations. It also helps them feel better about their body shape and weight.
  • Interpersonal psychotherapy helps people look at their relationships with friends and family and make changes in problem areas.
  • Neurofeedback or drug therapies, such as antidepressants, may be helpful for some people.

Other treatments include family therapy and support groups.

Many people with binge eating disorder also have a problem with obesity. There are treatments for obesity, like weight loss surgery (gastrointestinal surgery), but these treatments will not treat the underlying problem of binge eating disorder.

People with eating disorders often do not recognize or admit that they are ill. As a result, they may strongly resist getting and staying in treatment. Family members or other trusted individuals can be helpful in ensuring that the person with an eating disorder receives needed care and rehabilitation. For some people, treatment may be long term.

Other Useful links about Binge Eating Disorder

  • Binge Eating Disorder Overview
  • What causes Binge-Eating Disorder?
    • Read more about the causes of Binge-Eating; including, but not limited to depression, biology, coping skills. and dieting.
  • Health Consequences of Binge-Eating
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