Binge Eating Disorder

Compassionate binge eating disorder (BED) treatment in the Twin Cities

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 35 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.

Symptoms of binge eating disorder

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

Diagnosing binge eating disorder

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.

How we treat binge eating disorder

Binge eating disorder is treatable and Melrose Center uses evidence-based group programming to help you on your recovery journey. Our psychologists will help you change negative thoughts and binge eating patterns. Dietitians will teach you more about the nutrition your body needs and help improve your relationship with food.

Group programming for adults

Adults start with a 17-week Binge Eating Disorder Group Program which meets once a week for 2 hours. You can begin any time; groups are starting throughout the year. Your group will have 4-10 other patients. A therapist and registered dietitian will facilitate the virtual video sessions. You will learn about mindful eating, nutrition, body awareness, physical activity and much more.

You will also have individual therapy and dietitian appointments for the duration of the 17-week group. These sessions will address your specific needs and tailor your treatment to your unique situation.

After you complete this group program, you will be able to join our 16-week Binge Eating Relapse Prevention Program or an alternative skills group, determined by you and your provider. The Relapse Prevention Program, which meets for 1 hour each week, can help solidify the skills you learned in the previous group. During this time, you will also have individual sessions with a therapist and dietitian for the duration of Relapse Prevention group.

The 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 positive lifestyle changes.

Binge eating support for children and adolescents

Binge eating often begins in childhood or adolescence and Melrose can help younger patients, ages 10 and up. We begin with individual sessions with a therapist and dietitian, where adolescents learn new ways to manage the urge to binge, their emotions, and their nutrition. Parents or guardians will also learn how they can support the new skills and behaviors their child learns through treatment.

To register for a binge eating program, call 952-993-6200 or email melrose@parknicollet.com.

Virtual Binge Eating Disorder Living Recovery Support Group

Meets quarterly on Thursdays, 6 to 7 p.m.
Dates: April 21, July 21, October 20 and January 19, 2023
Facilitated by Emily Wacker, PhD, LMFT

This group is a safe and confidential place where you, your family, and friends can be encouraged and inspired, by hearing from BED patients who are living recovery.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

You can make an appointment by calling 952-993-6200. We’ll help you make an appointment at any of our Melrose Center locations.

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.