Researchers Explore Self-Treatment for Binge Eating

Bing eating has been identified as a significant issue contributing to concerns of obesity and poor physical and mental health in many people, and investigations of potential treatment methods have been ongoing in an effort to ease and treat symptoms. A research team has recently been reported as testing the viability of self-treatment for binge eating. The study included counseling but focused on participants working with a book to work through their emotional connections to eating. After a year-long period, the study group was found to have a significantly higher success rate than a control group given regular treatment with a nutritionist. The work may help develop new ways to empower binge eaters to take charge of their habits and avoid psychiatric medications.

© Copyright 2010 by By Noah Rubinstein, LMFT, LMHC, therapist in Olympia, Washington. All Rights Reserved. Permission to publish granted to GoodTherapy.org.

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  • Amy G

    Amy G

    April 3rd, 2010 at 10:12 AM

    The people who are going to have success with a plan like this which involves them doing much of the work on their own are people who are at the point of likely just being ready to make that change in their lives anyway. No matter the treatment program, if you are ready to make a change you will but if you are not, you might succeed for a little while but you will never achieve permanent lasting success until they are ready to do it for themselves.

  • Merlin C.

    Merlin C.

    April 3rd, 2010 at 12:19 PM

    I think this actually makes sense because if there is an external control on binge eating and the person himself has no self-control,he will overeat anyway when he is not being watched…this kind of a self-restriction is good because there is no hiding and also because of the point of self-profit…if the person puts his mind to it,it is he himself who will reap the benefits.

  • Colby Kaye

    Colby Kaye

    April 4th, 2010 at 10:23 PM

    There are a number of different treatment programs and approaches to support people suffering from eating disorders who decide to get help.

  • paul

    paul

    April 4th, 2010 at 11:48 PM

    no amount of persuasion from another person is going to have as much impact as even a little effort by the person in question.if there is no willingness by the person who is battling binge eating,then nothing can be done.

  • Carson

    Carson

    April 5th, 2010 at 8:27 AM

    Binge eating is a disease which only one person can make end and that is the binge eater himself. Others can give you the education on how to do it but you are the one who ultimately controls your own success with stopping the pattern. So I actually have decided that as bad as I though this idea was at first the more I have thought about it the more it makes sense. Giving you more of a say over stopping the disorder will further leave you feeling more invested in the treatment, more accountable, and then hopefully, more successful at stopping.

  • ice_cold

    ice_cold

    April 5th, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    I had put on a lot of weight in my early 30s due to binge eating(chocolates mostly) and the diets prescribed did not seem to be working…My friend then told me something that I can quote to this day…She said “Nothing can help you unless you really want to lose weight and put your mind to it”. Although I was not too impressed by this advice,I tried it anyway…I would ask myself if I wanted to put on extra kilos and ruin my body image and that is what helped me stop my over-aggressive eating and cut the flab…Although I am not skinny now,I am definitely viewed as being ‘average’ and not obese :)

  • gamecockfan

    gamecockfan

    April 6th, 2010 at 6:31 AM

    I could have never lost weight without the help of my trainer and nutritionist. I have tried on my own before and it never worked. I am happy for the people who have found a way to do this on their own but I am not sure that I will ever get to that point.

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