Binge Eating Disorder - Home Treatment
Continuing healthy habits at home can
binge eating disorder.
It is helpful when family members are
supportive of their loved one who has binge eating
disorder. Learning about the disorder will be useful for the entire family.
In many cases, eating disorders are associated with poor body
image and low self-esteem. Parents can help reduce the chances that their
children will develop an
eating disorder by teaching them to have:
For more information, see the topic
Healthy Eating for Children.
Other treatments can help reduce binge eating.
These are organized programs that provide self-help materials such as manuals
or computer-based activities that can be useful in treating eating disorders.
But most people who have an eating disorder also need counseling and possibly
Stress management techniques.
Many people report that their binging episodes are triggered by feelings of
anxiety or tension. Although not part of the treatment
of binge eating disorder, relieving stress can help during recovery and can
improve quality of life. Techniques to reduce stress include:
- Exercising. Regular
physical activity is one of the most effective stress-management
- Writing. Research shows that
expressing yourself in writing can be a very effective way to reduce your
- Expressing your feelings.
Talking, laughing, crying, and expressing anger are normal parts of the
emotional healing process.
- Doing something you enjoy. A hobby or other healthy leisure activity that is meaningful to
you can help you relax. Volunteer work or work that helps others can be a
- Body-centered relaxation. This includes
muscle relaxation exercises,
yoga, and traditional Chinese relaxation exercises
tai chi and qi gong.
- Stress-reducing activities. These include learning how to relax your body through
mindfulness-based stress reduction,
imagery exercises or by
listening to relaxing music or using
humor to reduce stress.
For more information on stress reduction, see the topic