Binge Eating

    Binge-Eating was first diagnosed in 1959 and has been known to respond to many treatments like Interpersonal psychotherapy, antidepressants, and most effective, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. With an 80% abstinence rate at the 12 month follow-up, this therapy treatment is the choice treatment, having the most positive effects for this emotional dysregulation of eating disorders (Clyne, Latner, Gleaves & Blampied, 2010).
    In the article on the psychological treatment of eating disorders, binge-eating is classified as the loss of eating control. It’s eating large quantities in a chaotic manner 2 times a week for at least 6 months. It’s characterized by the over evaluation of one’s shape and weight, in which 3% of adults fall into this percentile. Research shows that the onset occurs somewhere around adolescence and is attributed to psychological distress first, with medical disorders second (Wilson, Grilo, & Vitousek, 2007).
    Binge- eating is considered broader and more diverse than bulimia and anorexia, and is a contributor to the development of obesity, another eating disorder all too common among us today.   Cognitive behavioral therapy is known to help regulate eating patterns and reduce weight and shape concerns (emotional stressors), along with the frequency of eating. It also changes the behaviors associated with environmental influences, life style patterns, and obesity education. Modifying eating attitudes about food, and introducing exercise are also some important factors when using this behavior modification technique (Wilson, Grilo, & Vitousek, 2007).
    In conclusion, both the article and the study signify that in changing the way we think about food and the way we eat it, are key elements in controlling an eating disorder that can lead to more serious problems like obesity. Also important is awareness in the emotional aspects of this disorder and taking measures to de-stress. We need to re-evaluate, food is for...