The Renfrew Center Eating Disorder Treatment Facility


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Since 1985, The Renfrew Centers have been providing clinical excellence within a nurturing environment  empowering adolescent girls and women to change their lives.

The Renfrew Center Eating Disorder Treatment Binge Eating

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. It is 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. Painful emotions often drive the urge to engage in binge eating behaviors. Our emotion focused, cognitive behavioral treatment promotes healthy strategies for managing emotions without symptom use.

The Renfrew Center’s approach to the treatment of BED promotes:

  • 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 reducing symptom use and 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.

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For more information about The Renfrew Center's Binge Eating Programming,
please call 1-800-RENFREW (736-3739).