binge eating disorder

Want to Improve Your Body Image? Try this...it's not what you think by Gia & Danielle

Instead of mercilessly judging and criticizing yourself for various inadequacies or shortcomings, self-compassion means you are kind and understanding when confronted with personal failings – after all, who ever said you were supposed to be perfect? --Neff, 2018 (1)
If you are like most Americans, you often view your body as an object, rather than as an aspect of your whole self. Most of your body focused thoughts may revolve around changing, depriving, comparing, cajoling, punishing, or improving. The problem is that self-criticism is seen in a variety of psychological problems such as panic, social phobia, PTSD, depression, generalized anxiety, and eating disorders. (2) Take a moment to notice your thoughts. How often are your they based on appreciating and accepting the body that carries you through each day? How often are they gentle? While there is nothing wrong with seeking improvement, when change is paired with acceptance and kindness rather than disdain it is more likely to improve your mental health as well. That is, adding in self-compassion on the path to reaching your body based goals can make you feel better even if you choose to continue striving.

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Do You Overeat When Feeling Down? Try this... by Gia & Danielle

Most of us have found ourselves looking to food as a way to soothe a negative mood. Although it can work, hopefully it is not your go-to or only strategy to make yourself feel better. You’re better off if you can rely on it as only one of many ways of coping with feeling down. Some alternative possibilities include feeling and accepting the emotion, reaching out for support, problem-solving, exercising, taking time in nature, meditating, completing a task, or distracting yourself. The options are nearly endless. But, some people use eating as a primary means of dealing with feeling bad which can cause even more upset later. Does this describe you? A new study provides hope for interrupting this cycle. 

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Want to Reduce Binge Eating? Use Your imagination by Gia & Danielle

By Dr. Gia Marson

Michael Phelps’ coach, Bob Bowman believes vivid imagining (or mental rehearsal) is necessary for peak performance in every endeavor. Bowman says “the brain cannot distinguish between something that’s vividly imagined and something that’s real...If you can form a strong mental picture and visualize yourself doing it, your brain will immediately find ways to get you there.”¹

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A 3-Part Series on Binge Eating Disorder: Making Peace with Food: Treatments for BED (Part 3) by Gia & Danielle

By Drs. Danielle Keenan-Miller and Gia Marson

Binge Eating Disorder is the most common of all the eating disorders [1] and yet, less than half of the people with it ever receive treatment [2]. Why is that? Highly effective treatments for binge eating disorder are available.  While some people with binge eating disorder may not know there are good treatments available,  that lack of awareness is not usually the primary impediment to wellness. 

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A 3-Part Series on Binge Eating Disorder: What Causes BED? (Part 2) by Gia & Danielle

By Drs. Danielle Keenan-Miller and Gia Marson

[Part 1: What is BED?]

What causes binge eating disorder? Once someone starts binge eating, why is it so difficult to stop? Although there’s no one answer to these questions, scientific studies of binge eating can point to some answers and highlight ways that individuals and mental health practitioners can work to stop binge eating.

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A 3-Part Series on Binge Eating Disorder: What is BED? (Part 1) by Gia & Danielle

By Drs. Danielle Keenan-Miller and Gia Marson

[Part 2: What Causes Bed?]

Binge Eating Disorder (BED) affects 6.5 million Americans-- more than anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa combined [1]. However, BED is less commonly discussed, and much less attention has been given to it in clinical research, maybe because it was only recognized as its own distinct eating disorder in 2013. Most people with BED receive treatment for other emotional problems, but less than half have ever receive treatment for binge eating [2]. That means that even though people with BED are seeking treatment, they’re either not bringing their binge eating up to their therapists, or therapists may not know how to address this problem. It is important for both clinicians and people suffering with BED to be able to recognize the symptoms and to know that there are highly effective treatments available for this prevalent eating disorder.

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