Everyone overeats from time to time, like taking an extra helping at Christmas dinner or having some dessert when you’re already full. This is natural and doesn’t cause any major issues. Binge eating disorder, on the other hand, is a serious eating disorder which is characterised by regular and uncontrolled consuming of unusually large amounts of food.
Without treatment, the binge eating cycle can lead to a wide variety of physical, emotional and social problems; the most common effect of binge eating disorder is weight gain. People with binge eating disorder report greater health issues, insomnia, stress and suicidal thoughts than people without. Common side effects include depression, substance abuse and anxiety.
At Riverview Manor we provide a safe environment for healing where professional treatment is adjusted to every client’s needs.
Causes and triggers
While the exact causes of binge eating are unknown, research shows that there are usually a combination of factors involved, including a person’s genes, emotions and experiences. The major risk factors can be broken down into three categories, biological, psychological, and social and cultural.
Biological defects can contribute to binge eating. Abnormalities of the brain may send incorrect messages about hunger and fullness, with low levels of serotonin also playing a role in compulsive eating.
Psychological conditions like depression and low self-esteem are strongly linked with binge eating. Many people report that anxiety, anger, sadness or other negative emotions can trigger a bingeing episode.
Social and cultural pressures to be thin can add to the shame that binge eaters feel, often fuelling their unhealthy emotional eating behaviour. Research also shows that there is often a correlation between strict dietary restraint and the occurrence of binge eating. Binge eating often occurs after dieting, and vice versa, creating a vicious circle.
Signs of binge eating
Since simply eating large amounts of food occasionally does not mean that a person has binge eating disorder, it is usually difficult to identify.
If you are worried that a loved one may have binge eating disorder, here are the major warning signs to look for:
- Unusually large consumption of food over a specific amount of time
- Eating even when full or not hungry
- Eating rapidly during binge episodes
- Being secretive about their eating
- Feeling depressed, guilty, disgusted or ashamed about their eating
- Frequent dieting, often without weight loss
- Eating until painfully full
An effective treatment programme for binge eating disorder doesn’t just address your symptoms and destructive eating habits, but also focuses on the root causes of the problem. Through counselling sessions, clients are equipped with skills that allow them to monitor their eating habits, avoid situations that trigger binges, as well as discover healthier ways to cope with stress and other emotional problems.
Why choose Riverview Manor?
Our psychotherapeutically-based programme consists of a dedicated team of specialists which include psychologists, a general practitioner, a dietician, an occupational therapist, spiritual counsellors, consulting psychiatrist and experienced nursing staff. The clinic and its surrounds offer an environment that resonates with healing and recovery, ensuring that each person receives the necessary tools required to guide them on their road to recovery.
How to enrol in the programme?
If you have any inquiries or wish to enrol in our programme, you can contact us on 033 710 1911. You can also click here to fill in your details and a professional will contact you.