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Treatment for Binge Eating Disorder

Treatment of binge eating disorder is challenging, because most people feel ashamed of their disorder and try to hide their problem. Often, they are so successful that close family members and friends don't know they binge eat.

Eating disorders require a comprehensive treatment plan that is adjusted to meet the needs of each patient. The goal of treatment for binge eating disorder is to help the person gain control over his or her eating behavior. Treatment most often involves a combination of the following strategies:

  • Psychotherapy: This is a type of individual counseling that focuses on changing the thinking (cognitive therapy) and behavior (behavioral therapy) of a person with an eating disorder. Treatment includes practical techniques for developing healthy attitudes toward food and weight, as well as approaches for changing the way the person responds to difficult situations.
  • Medication : Certain antidepressant medications, called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs such as Prozac and Paxil), might be used to help control anxiety and depression associated with an eating disorder. The antiseizure drug Topamax may reduce binge eating episodes, but side effects can be serious.
  • Nutrition counseling: This strategy is designed to help restore normal eating patterns, and to teach the importance of nutrition and a balanced diet.
  • Group and/or family therapy: Family support is very important to treatment success. It is important that family members understand the eating disorder and recognize its signs and symptoms. People with eating disorders might benefit from group therapy, where they can find support and openly discuss their feelings and concerns with others who share common experiences and problems.

 

What Is the Outlook for People With Binge Eating Disorder?

Like other eating disorders, binge eating disorder is a serious problem that can be solved with proper treatment. With treatment and commitment, many people with this disorder can overcome the habit of overeating and learn healthy eating patterns.

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Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on May 22, 2012

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