Tuesday, August 8th, 2017
Minimized, misunderstood, and too-often under-acknowledged, Binge Eating Disorder (or BED) only recently began gaining public recognition just 4 years ago after first obtaining the status of clinical diagnosis in the DSM-V released in 2013. Despite showing up late to the party, BED is stated to be the most common eating disorder in the United States, affecting 3.5% of women, 2% of men, and up to 1.6% of adolescents (NEDA, 2016) BED can be briefly be characterized as recurrent experience of:
- Eating large quantities of food (often very quickly and to the point of discomfort)
- A feeling of a loss of control during the binge
- Shame, distress or guilt afterwards (without use of compensatory behaviors)
Those suffering from BED often experience this battle alone as a reported less than half who meet criteria seek treatment, (May, 2014) leaving many left to the whims of western diet culture and chronic internalized body dissatisfaction.
Binge Eating Disorder at Summer Talk Series
To continue the Skip the Rush Hour series, Monica M. Willson, MS, LLMFT will provide listeners with a discussion to better understand the various factors contributing to the development and maintenance of disordered eating. Drawing from various sources, you’ll learn helpful concepts to sort out the differences between restrictive eating, over-eating, binge eating, and instinctive eating (May, 2014) In addition you’ll find useful every-day mindfulness and nutritionally based practices for steps toward rebuilding and restoring a balanced and enjoyable relationship with food. This talk is welcome to anyone interested in learning more about BED for personal or professional use.
- Overview and Statistics, 2016, National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA). Retrieved from: https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/binge-eating-disorder
- May, M., MD. (with Anderson, K), 2014, Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat for BED. Phoenix, AZ: Am I Hungry? Publishing