Binge Eating Disorder & Body Image Concerns On the Rise

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As the summer months approach and weather warms up, those suffering from Binge Eating Disorder (BED), that is, eating large amounts of food without purging, are equally as vulnerable to body image concerns as those treated for bulimia and anorexia.

People who suffer from eating disorders, including BED, tend to isolate, have a negative perception of their body and are anxious in social situations. However, this becomes more apparent in the summer when most people are outside enjoying the warm weather.

“During the warmer months, we begin seeing more emphasis on body image concerns,” says J. Casey Martin, program coordinator – BED Treatment Program at Eating Disorder Center of Denver. “We’re entering the season when people show their body and there is less opportunity to cover-up, so people can feel more exposed.”

The new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) reports that men are now more likely to suffer from binge eating than women. The Eating Disorder Center of Denver offers a unique program to treat Binge Eating Disorder that offers specific therapies, nutritional rehabilitation, and emotional support for those treated.

J. Casey Martin, MS, NCC, identifies the following as symptoms to look for if you think you may have Binge Eating Disorder:

>>Eating until feeling uncomfortably full

>>Feeling that your eating behavior is out of control

>>Feeling depressed, disgusted or upset after overeating

“It’s important to recognize those suffering from BED may experience a lot of shame and their relationship with food is different than those suffering from other eating disorders. BED patients do feel vulnerable during warmer months due to exposure such as attending public events, and family/friend gatherings.”

“The program is a gift to give to yourself. It is a safe and nurturing environment that focuses only on your well being," says a former patient of Eating Disorder Center of Denver’s BED program. "You learn new skills and reconnect with what is important to you and makes you happy. It will help you feel alive and whole again."

The Eating Disorder Center of Denver’s Binge Eating Disorder program offers outpatient follow up once the 10-week program is over. They are also compiling data on their program’s effectiveness that has been presented at numerous national conferences. To learn more about the BED and other eating disorder programs offered, visit: http://www.edcdenver.com, or call 866-771-0861.