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Binge Eating Disorder - Your Recovery is Possible

Binge Eating Disorder | The Balanced Practice Inc | Counselling Therapy Clinic Ottawa

At The Balanced Practice, we are committed to eradicating eating disorders and proving the power of healing. We support folks of all genders and ages who are ready to recover from their eating disorder. Recovering from binge eating is not easy, however, it is possible, and you deserve recovery.

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The Balanced Practice is Here to Help!

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Binge eating disorder, or BED, is a complex eating disorder characterized by recurrent episodes of binge eating (consuming large amounts of food in a short period, often accompanied by a sense of loss of control). Unlike bulimia nervosa, individuals with BED do not engage in compensatory behaviors such as purging. Folks who experience binge eating will often experience a great sense of emotional distress, guilt, and shame around the binge eating behavior. Body image challenges are frequently part of this eating disorder as well.

Folks who struggle with binge eating will often restrict their food intake (which is the main issue that leads to binge eating episodes). However, because of the culture we live in (i.e. diet culture), the restriction part is often praised whereas binge eating is shamed, which creates a barrier to accessing support.

Binge eating involves food, but it is NOT just about the food. It impacts the person’s physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being.

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What are The Factors that Lead to Binge Eating?

Factors That Lead To Binge Eating Disorder Ottawa | The Balanced Practice Inc

There is not one factor that leads to the development of binge eating. The onset is often impacted by various factors, such as:

  • Biological: Genetic predisposition, energy imbalance (such as dieting)
  • Psychological: Personality traits (such as perfectionism, impulsivity, competitiveness), low self-esteem, anxiety, and depression.
  • Sociocultural: Thin ideal, weight stigmas
  • Environmental: Childhood trauma, family dynamics, influence of peers

One thing is clear though, it is not your fault, and you did not choose this.

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Facts about Binge Eating Disorder (BED)

Facts About Binge Eating Disorder in Ottawa, ON | The Balanced Practice Inc
  • Folks of all body sizes can have binge eating disorders
  • Folks of all genders can develop binge eating disorder
  • Binge eating disorder is the ED that is most prevalent in males
  • Folks with BED do not binge because they love food. Binge eating has very little to do with food Like all other eating disorders, binge eating can be a coping mechanism
  • A multidisciplinary approach to treatment is required to recover from binge eating
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Treatment of Binge Eating Disorder

Treatment Of Binge Eating Disorder Ottawa | The Balanced Practice Inc

Recovery from binge eating disorder is possible with the right treatment and support. Your experience with binge eating is unique, and your treatment needs to reflect your uniqueness. There is no one-size-fits-all to recovery.

The initial stages of the treatment of binge eating disorder will often include nutrition rehabilitation, body safety, and emotion regulation (distress tolerance).

As you progress in treatment, your team will support you with building confidence with food and your body while addressing any maintaining factors and any underlying issues.

At The Balanced Practice, we are committed to helping individuals overcome binge eating disorders and live a recovered life. Our approach is weight-inclusive, anti-carceral, evidence-based, lived experience, and collaborative. You are at the center of care, always. We aim to create a space where you can feel seen, heard, understood, and empowered to achieve your recovery goals.

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Our Comprehensive Treatment Plan for Binge Eating Disorder

Binge eating disorder treatment Ottawa, ON | The Balanced Practice Inc

At The Balanced Practice, we offer comprehensive treatment for binge eating which includes individualized care (with a registered dietitian and therapist who specialize in the treatment of binge eating), group therapy, meal support, family support, and all care coordination. You don’t have to recover alone- we are here to help you and be your support system along the way.

To learn more about how we support folks across Ontario in their recovery, check out our Eating Disorder Recovery Program™ page.