Binge eating disorder, sometimes called BED, is a mental health condition where someone frequently eats much more than the average person would in a similar length of time or situation. This is followed by feelings of guilt or shame. Binge eating disorder is a serious condition that may increase your risk of developing other health conditions like diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease. Anyone may develop binge eating disorder. However, adults with a history of dieting or another mental health condition are at a higher risk.
At Melrose Center, we have over 30 years of experience successfully treating eating disorders. Our team of specialists includes psychologists, psychiatrists, registered dietitians and others who work together to give you individualized treatment during every step of your recovery. We’ll be by your side as you heal body and mind.
While it’s impossible to look at someone and know whether they have BED, there are some common binge eating symptoms to watch out for, including:
- Being average weight or overweight
- Eating alone out of embarrassment at the quantity of food being eaten
- Eating beyond the point of being comfortably full
- Eating faster than usual
- Eating large amounts of food when not physically hungry
- Feeling out of control while eating
- Feelings of guilt or shame after overeating
- Repeatedly eating abnormally large amounts of food
If you think you may have binge eating disorder, your first step is to schedule an initial assessment at Melrose Center. You’ll meet with one of our licensed psychologists and/or a primary care clinician. We provide initial assessments at all of our locations.
During the appointment, we’ll ask you about your symptoms, listen to your concerns and answer any questions you might have. At the end of the assessment, we’ll be able to determine your diagnosis and recommend a binge eating disorder treatment program accordingly. If you do need treatment, a care manager will help you schedule your next appointments at Melrose.
To schedule an initial assessment, please call 952-993-6200.
Binge eating disorder affects everyone differently. We’ll work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan that targets your specific behaviors, patterns and concerns. Your treatment plan might include a combination of:
Most of our patients with binge eating disorder start with outpatient treatment. With this type of treatment, you’ll have regular appointments with a licensed psychologist and a registered dietitian. Our psychologists will use evidence-based treatments to help change your thoughts and binge eating patterns. Our dietitians will teach you more about the nutrition your body needs and help improve your relationship with food. We’ll work with you to decide how often you should have appointments.
We might recommend our 17-week group adult program to help you recover from your binge eating disorder. Each session is three hours long and includes an hour of group therapy, a meal experience to practice mindful eating and an education session about nutrition, body awareness or physical activity.
After you complete the group program, you can join our 16-week relapse prevention program. These can help you solidify the skills you learned during the group program to build confidence in your ability to heal.
We offer various sessions throughout the year. If the group program is a good fit for you, your care manager will talk to you about the next available session and answer your questions.
Our binge eating disorder program helps address bingeing and other negative behaviors. It doesn’t focus on weight loss. Instead, we help you learn important skills so you can make the lifestyle changes needed to lose weight in the future.
This 10-week program is designed to help teens age 14 and older recover from binge eating disorder. You’ll learn the skills and healthy behaviors needed to manage challenging feelings and thoughts.
During the program, you’ll spend one evening a week working with psychologists, registered dietitians, physical therapists and occupational therapists. You’ll also have dietitian-supported meal experiences where you’ll work on building a healthy relationship with food.
Parents and guardians will join us for two sessions so they can learn how they can better support you as you heal.
We offer free 15-minute information sessions with a dietitian, Nicki Zeidner, MEd, RD, LD, so you can learn more about how we diagnose and treat binge eating disorder. It’s an individual session that can be scheduled in-person or over the phone. During this session, we’ll answer your questions about binge eating disorder and help you decide if you should come in for an initial assessment.
If this is your first time talking about your binge eating symptoms, you’ll need to schedule an initial assessment. During an initial assessment, you’ll talk to one of our licensed psychologists about your concerns, questions and symptoms. At the end of the assessment, we’ll determine if you have an eating disorder and talk to you about next steps.
It’s important to talk to your loved one if you suspect they might have binge eating disorder, even though the conversation might be uncomfortable. If you aren’t sure how to start the conversation or what to say, use this as a guide:
- Prepare for the conversation by researching binge eating disorder. Have a few materials ready to show your loved one if they have questions about BED.
- Have a one-on-one conversation with your loved one to help them feel safe and stay calm.
- Let them know you’re concerned and you care about them. Mention a few specific reasons why you’re worried they might have BED.
- Listen carefully and without judgment.
- Suggest that your loved one get an eating disorder screening from a professional. They can call 952-993-6200 to schedule an initial assessment at Melrose Center.
If you’re still not sure how to talk about binge eating disorder, that’s okay. We can help you. Learn more about talking about eating disorders with your family and friends.
We accept most health insurance plans, including Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, CIGNA, HealthPartners, Medica, Medicare, PreferredOne and many others.
Our onsite financial counselors can work with you to confirm your insurance coverage at Melrose Center. You can speak to one of our dedicated financial counselors by calling 952-993-3453.