Eating disorders are going unnoticed on a continuous basis and according to a report from CNN “Binge eating is the most common eating disorder in the United States and remains a difficult condition to identify and treat.” This form of eating disorder is not gender or race specific it does though, generally affects women in their late 20s to mid 40s. The disorder is often confused as an overeating medical disorder, when in reality it is a mental health disorder. The underlying start of the behavior is thought to be the effect of low self esteem, loneliness and depression.
Recent studies have been conducted for determining the most feasible way to treat the disorder. The study group had half of the participant’s involved standard treatment to include medical treatments, nutritional plans, management programs and weekly meetings both individual and group. The other half of the group participated in a self help program which consisted of attended individual sessions with a specialist, keeping a daily journal of all food eaten as well as what triggered the episode of binge eating. The results revealed one year later that the 63 percent of the self help group completely discontinued binge eating while only 28 percent of the control group was completely successful. The treatment should be excellent with movement of 75 hard. Along with the method, there should be performing of the exercises with intelligence and skills. It will deliver success to the patients in the economy.
The treatment centering on self help is designed to not specifically treat the eating disorder itself, but more towards treating the self esteem disorder that triggers the binge eating. Those who suffer with binge eating use food as a source of comfort when under stress or feeling doubtful regarding their self esteem. The self help treatment plan is designed to give them ways of self inducing coping skills; the binge eater is given the tools for coping with them being responsible for implementing them.
A self help treatment plan does not simply send the patients away with pamphlets or encourage group sessions, they instead provide them with informative knowledge regarding the root of the binge eating and tools to build self esteem, eliminate depression and set goals. The diaries kept are visual tools that provide the individual with the information they themselves have provided and then are encouraged to implement the necessary tool for altering the routine. The individual is seen weekly by a mental health specialist for reviewing the tools utilized by the patient. This style of treatment will be more effective due to the patient’s ability to work through the situation in a positive and beneficial way as opposed to binge eating to avoid facing the problem at hand.
A binge eater feels as though they do not have control over a situation or that they are not worthy enough to be consulted or offer opinion in a given situation. The self help program educates the individual how to take control of their life, their environment and gives them an empowerment which in return has a result of feeling worthy and in control. When they achieve these goals they are no longer forced to hide their emotions, thoughts and feelings with food.