Cork Dietitian Nutritionist - Happy Weight

Happy Weight | Nutritionist & Dietician | Cork

Binge Eating and Binge Eating Disorder

Helping people with binge eating is something that is very important to me as I suffered with it for about 15 years. It held me back from becoming the weight I wanted to be and made me feel very worthless.

Binge Eating is caused by being strict and controlling with food. It is the epitome of the “I’ll be good tomorrow” diet mentally, making us overeat now as we plan to be back to our rules based eating tomorrow. 

Depending on how long you have struggled with binge eating, you might be finally ready to tackle the issue head on.

Happy Weight | Nutritionist & Dietician | Cork

How to stop binge eating

To overcome binge eating you would have to forget about weight loss. Solely focusing on dissolving your binge eating habits and all the things that drive it. Ironically, when we don’t care as much about weight because we are focused on becoming normal and consistent with eating, that is when we lose weight.

I want to get you to a place where you have a fantastic relationship with all foods, your weight continues to go in the right direction. Best of all, for the first time maybe in forever, you are happy with your eating and weight.

Happy Weight | Nutritionist & Dietician | Cork

What is the difference between binge eating and Binge Eating Disorder (BED)?

Binge eating is a behavior characterized by consuming large amounts of food in a short period while feeling a loss of control. This can happen occasionally for most people without meaning you meet the criteria for a mental health disorder such as Binge Eating Disorder

Binge eating disorder , on the other hand, is a diagnosable mental health condition and means that you meet all the criteria listed in the section below.

In summary, binge eating refers to the behavior of consuming large amounts of food in a short time, whereas binge eating disorder is a clinical diagnosis that meets certain criteria

Programme to stop binge eating

The Happy Weight Programme is an 8 week or 12 week programme of two consultations per week. Consultations can be by phone, video call or in person. 

To sign up we will have an initial call so I can gather all the information I need about you. Our first meeting of the programme will be straight into tools, strategies and education on how you will change your eating and your approach to food and health.

  • The initial meeting is 1.5 hours
  • you will receive a folder of resources
  • you will gain access to an online members area full of additional resources.

You will be keeping a food diary throughout, this will be tracking a number of markers. We will not be counting calories. You will not be getting a list of banned and allowed food. The aim is to become a normal eater. Your programme will be completely bespoke, as we cover what you need, working at a pace that gets you maximum results.

The difference between binging and Binge Eating disorder

Binge eating disorder (BED) is diagnosed according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) criteria, which include:

1. Recurrent episodes of binge eating, characterized by:
– Eating, in a discrete period of time (e.g., within any 2-hour period), an amount of food that is definitely larger than most people would eat in a similar period of time under similar circumstances.
– A sense of lack of control over eating during the episode (e.g., a feeling that one cannot stop eating or control what or how much one is eating).

2. Binge-eating episodes are associated with three (or more) of the following:
– Eating much more rapidly than normal.
– Eating until feeling uncomfortably full.
– Eating large amounts of food when not feeling physically hungry.
– Eating alone because of feeling embarrassed by how much one is eating.
– Feeling disgusted with oneself, depressed, or very guilty afterward.

3. Marked distress regarding binge eating is present.

4. Binge eating occurs, on average, at least once a week for three months.

5. The binge eating is not associated with recurrent use of inappropriate compensatory behavior (e.g., purging) as in bulimia nervosa and does not occur exclusively during the course of bulimia nervosa or anorexia nervosa.

6. The binge eating is not better accounted for by another mental disorder (e.g., binge eating episodes occur exclusively during the course of anorexia nervosa).

These criteria are used by mental health professionals to diagnose binge eating disorder.

Cork Dietitian Nutritionist - Happy Weight

Almost there!

Make sure to check your email inbox to confirm your subscription! Thanks for subscribing!