Binge Eating Disorder

Binge eating is a pattern of eating characterized by consuming a large amount of food in a short period of time while feeling a loss of control. It is a common symptom of binge eating disorder (BED), which is an eating disorder characterized by recurrent episodes of binge eating without compensatory behaviors like those seen in bulimia nervosa.

During a binge eating episode, individuals may eat rapidly and continue eating even when physically uncomfortable. Binges are often marked by a sense of guilt, shame, or disgust afterward. Binge eating episodes may occur in secret, and individuals may feel a lack of control over their eating behaviors.

Unlike bulimia nervosa, individuals with binge eating disorder do not regularly engage in compensatory behaviors such as vomiting or excessive exercise to prevent weight gain. As a result, individuals with BED often have higher body weights and are at an increased risk of obesity and its associated health problems.

Binge Eating Disorder: What You Need to Know

Binge eating can be triggered by various factors, including emotional distress, boredom, or a history of dieting. It is often used as a coping mechanism to deal with negative emotions or stress. However, the binge eating behavior itself can further contribute to emotional distress and perpetuate a cycle of disordered eating.


Brighten Bay’s treatment for binge eating disorder typically involves a combination of psychological interventions and support. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a common approach that helps individuals identify and change unhealthy thoughts and behaviors related to binge eating. Interpersonal therapy (IPT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) may also be used.


Nutritional counseling and meal planning are often included in treatment to establish regular eating patterns and address any underlying nutritional imbalances. Support groups and individual therapy can provide a supportive environment for individuals to address emotional issues related to binge eating.


Recovery from binge eating disorder is possible with proper treatment and support. Treatment aims to help individuals develop a healthier relationship with food, improve body image, and learn alternative coping strategies for dealing with emotional distress.

Talk to Us About Binge Eating Disorder Treatment

At Brighten Bay, we have the experience, expertise, and understanding to treat individuals with BED and any other co-occurring conditions. Our research-backed program is focused on giving individuals ownership of their recovery as we equip them to thrive, both now and in the future. We also provide resources for families to heal and support their loved ones on the journey to healing. If you or a loved one are suffering from binge eating disorder, get in touch with us today to learn more about how to get started.