Turning to food for comfort is not uncommon, but if you regularly find yourself unable to stop eating even when you know you should, you could have a binge eating disorder. If binge eating problems are affecting your health, clinical psychologist Ilisa Kaufman, PsyD, of Compulsion Control in Miami, Florida, can help using her RIP-R program. Dr. Kaufman's unique approach uses proven techniques to guide you toward taking back control of your eating. Find out more or schedule a consultation by calling Compulsion Control, or book an appointment online today.
Binge eating is an eating disorder where you feel compelled to eat and find it difficult to stop even after consuming excessive quantities.
You have little or no control over the need to binge eat. Simply attempting to resist the desire to overeat is typically ineffective. After your binge, the failure you feel for not stopping can cause distress, embarrassment, and self-loathing.
It's not uncommon to occasionally overeat, but if you're frequently binge eating and it's causing you emotional distress, you could benefit from therapy to address the problem.
If you're regularly binge eating, you're likely to become overweight or obese, which can significantly impact your health and lead to heart disease, joint pain, and Type 2 diabetes, among many others conditions.
Binge eating can also be a factor in the development of mood disorders like depression and anxiety. Your inability to control your food intake makes you feel ashamed, lowers your self-esteem, and causes you to experience social isolation.
There's no single cause of binge eating. It could develop when you diet regularly, especially if you can't keep weight off long-term or if you have underlying emotional issues that you're attempting to cover up with food.
Having other family members with a binge eating disorder increases your chances of developing one yourself, so there are likely to be genetic and biological factors at work. Binge eating tends to affect women more often than men and typically begins during your late teens or early 20s.
One method of treating binge eating is exposure response prevention (ERP), often combined with cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). The treatment enables you to learn how to eat in moderation, even when faced with your favorite trigger foods.
Instead of bingeing, you eat a single portion of food and use the coping strategies your therapist teaches you to manage the resulting anxiety.
Dr. Kaufman’s RIP-R program uses both ERP and CBT techniques to create a unique strategy for tackling binge eating. Her research and experience show that motivation is key to understanding and addressing binge eating.
The RIP-R program takes you through a series of stages, starting with your personal rock-bottom — the lowest place you can get emotionally. You work through each phase, using 10 innovative cognitive manipulators or "tricks" that help you learn how to manage your eating.
Repeated practice brings you to the replacement stage, where instead of binge eating, you're able to devote your energies to more positive, rewarding pursuits.
To find out more about RIP-R and how Dr. Kaufman can help you overcome binge eating, call Compulsion Control today or book an appointment online.