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Help and treatment for binge eating disorder

If you struggle with a binge eating disorder, you need the right kind of help. Understanding your needs is our first priority at Melrose Center. We help people with all types of eating disorders. We make sure you get the right resources and offer treatment that’s personalized for you.

What is binge eating disorder?

Binge eating involves episodes of eating extremely large amounts of food. During an episode, you might feel like you can’t stop or you can’t control yourself. Many people feel guilt or shame after a binge eating episode. Many also express self-loathing. This means emotional healing is very important during treatment for binge eating disorder.

Symptoms of binge eating

Eating symptoms

  • Repeated bingeing, or eating abnormally large amounts of food
  • Eating large amounts of food when not physically hungry
  • Feeling out of control while eating
  • Eating beyond the point of being comfortably full
  • Eating alone out of embarrassment at the quantity of food being eaten
  • Eating faster than usual

Self-image symptoms

  • Feeling shame or self-loathing after a binge
  • Overeating followed by feeling disgust, depression or guilt
  • Frequently feeling unable to control what or how much is being eaten

Physical symptoms

  • Normal weight or overweight
  • Frequently losing and regaining weight (from yo-yo dieting)

Our free self-assessment can help answer if you could be struggling with an eating disorder.

Treatment for binge eating disorder at Melrose Center

Binge eating treatment is personalized for you and your needs. Our experienced, compassionate team can help you replace binge patterns with healthier eating practices.

You will have appointments with your therapist and dietitian during binge eating disorder treatment. Your care team may also recommend our group program. Our binge eating group program meets weekly for 17 weeks. Each three-hour session consists of:

  • A one hour group therapy session
  • An educational session focusing on nutrition, body awareness or activity
  • A meal experience to practice mindful eating

After completing the binge eating program, a 16 week relapse prevention program and peer-led support group are available.

How we help treat and heal binge eating

We use a range of approaches to help you identify and address your binge eating, including:

  • Behavioral and cognitive strategies. This includes cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). The goal of CBT is to change your binge patterns. CBT targets the situations, thoughts and feelings that explain and cause your binge eating.
  • Nutrition group and mindful eating experiences. These try to change any unhelpful thought patterns you have about food. It also helps teach mindful eating. When you practice mindful eating, you are listening to your body's natural hunger cues of feeling full and feeling hungry. You learn to pay attention to your body's eating signals. Mindful eating also helps you to be aware of how your emotions can affect your food choices.
  • Body awareness and activity sessions. In these sessions you get to try out new physical activities. We also teach imagery and relaxation practices. These help strengthen the body and mind connection.

Free binge eating disorder information sessions

Learn more about our binge eating disorder treatment at a free session. You will learn what binge eating disorder is and what treatment is available. The session is individual and conducted by phone or in person. Call 952-993-6555 or email to schedule this 15 minute session with Nicki Zeidner, MEd, RD, LD.

Our binge eating disorder program is designed to address binge eating behaviors. It does not focus on weight loss. Most patients do not lose a significant amount of weight by eliminating binge eating. They do learn important skills that can help them make the lifestyle changes needed to lose weight in the future.

Help and healing is possible. Call 952-993-6200 to speak with someone who can help.