Binge Eating Programming
During episodes of binge eating, individuals experience a sense of loss of control over their eating followed by feelings of guilt and shame.
Cycles of dietary restriction and deprivation, along with complex social and emotional factors, drive binge eating behaviors.
These eating patterns provide short-term relief from painful emotions but, eventually, the emotions return—often more intensely. Consequently, it is highly common for those who have a diagnosis of Binge Eating Disorder (BED) to also experience co-occurring psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and substance use.
The Renfrew Center’s evidence-based Unified Treatment Model for Eating Disorders® addresses BED and co-occurring conditions through a holistic, transdiagnostic treatment approach. Our emotion focused, cognitive behavior treatment modality targets a core problem that may cause the urge to engage in binge eating and other symptoms, particularly the experience of painful emotions.
The Renfrew Center’s approach to the treatment of BED incorporates:
- Body diversity and weight acceptance, removing the stigma associated with body weight/size.
- Thoughtful, intentional and flexible eating that honors internal cues of hunger, satisfaction and appetite.
- Non-judgmental, present-focused awareness of the emotional experience of the binge-restrict cycle, including thoughts, physical sensations and urges/behaviors.
- Emotional awareness by recognizing the connection between ones’ life experiences, emotions and behaviors.
- Identification of underlying core beliefs that drive and reinforce binge eating and other emotion-driven behaviors.
- Exploration of intrapersonal and interpersonal disconnection, examining one’s relationship with food and how it parallels with patterns in relationships.
- Individual and group emotional exposures geared towards food, body image and social experiences.
- Courageously approaching, rather than avoiding, emotions to build tolerance to difficult emotions and situations—thereby creating sustainable change.
- Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is 3x more common than anorexia and bulimia combined, affecting all gender, age, racial, religious, and socioeconomic groups.
- 1 in 10 individuals seeking weight loss treatments show signs of BED.
- 3.5% of women will struggle with BED during their lifetime.
For more information about The Renfrew Center's Binge Eating Programming,
please call 1-800-RENFREW.