Binge Eating Disorder

What is Binge eating disorder? (AKA Compulsive overeating or Overeating Disorder)

Sufferers of binge eating disorder often use food as a coping mechanism to deal with their feelings – they rely on food for emotional support. Some compulsive eaters are often caught in a vicious cycle of binge eating or overeating and depression. Compulsive eating is a problem for men, women and children of all ages.

The compulsion to overeat during a binge can be incredibly strong and applies to all food types, but usually those with high calorie and/or fat content. When a compulsion hits, the sufferer may ‘raid the fridge’ ‘rummage in the cupboard’ for any food that fulfills the desire to binge of overeat.

Typical behaviours of binge eating sufferers

  • Pick at food all day, (an all day binge), and feel like you can’t stop yourself overeating
  • Eat very large quantities of food in one go, (often high-calorie)
  • Find that you eat without really thinking about it
  • Eating large amounts of snack foods while watching the TV or other passive activity
  • Feel quite out of control during the compulsive eating
  • Binge eating sessions are triggered by an upset – getting stressed at work
  • Use food to cheer yourself up if you’re feeling unhappy
  • Use food to congratulate yourself for any minor reason
  • Feelings of guilt, shame, disgust, and depression after compulsive eating of a large amount of food
  • Have low self-esteem – feeling worthless
  • Feel lonely and empty or have a deep sense of loss
  • Binge eating temporarily relieves the stress of these feelings but starts the cycle again
  • Eat normally or restrictively in front of others
  • Then make up for eating less by overeating in secret
  • Feel full before a meal but still eat it
  • Feel full after a meal but still go for ‘seconds’
  • As a result, you are likely to be heavily overweight, and in danger of developing health problems because of it.

Compulsive eating is a way of masking problems, often connected with close relationships. Binge eaters often deal with problems in life by denying there’s

Young lady having a late night binge of cookies and milk.

Young lady having a late night binge of cookies and milk.

anything wrong.

Binge eater’s are constantly struggling and unhappy with their weight. The number on the weighing scale often determines how they feel about themselves.

Medical complications can also be severe and even life threatening for compulsive eaters.

What should I do if I am suffering Binge Eating Disorder?

If you feel you are developing any eating problem then getting help early on is very important.

You may wish to see your GP. They can check that symptoms, (weight loss or gain), are not due to an underlying physical condition.

If there is no such underlying conditions causing the problem the eating problem needs to be treated ASAP before it gets a strong hold on you. Treatment is usually through changing both your eating pattern and addressing the emotions behind it.

The Flourish Programme is to be used instead of or alongside the standard conventional treatments for binge eating support. I will never suggest stopping any form of treatment.

Flourish Hypnotherapy Treatment Sessions

Flourish Hypnotherapy by Richard Wain

Flourish Hypnotherapy is Phase 1 of the Flourish Programme. It can get people where they need to be in just 2-3 sessions.

The Flourish Programme is in 2 phases – Phase 1: Working on the immediate problems using Flourish Hypnotherapy.

Phase 2: Life Builder© to provide ongoing support until recovery is complete. (Optional – not all people need this).

What happens in a session

The Flourish Programme is an amazingly effective and empowering way to significantly improve your situation.

  • You will connect to the real you – the person before the binge eating disorder took hold.
  • You will be able to completely change the way you think and feel about yourself, enabling you to live a happier and positive life.
  • You will be able to remember the abuse binge eating disorder but not have all that negative clutter associated with it.

Most people can work through their problems in 3 hours of Flourish Hypnotherapy, some people may need a session or so of Life Builder afterwards.

Please note. I do not regress people to remember repressed events, unless someone specifically asks for it. I will use a very radid form of hypnotic regression based on Flourish principles. It does not take several weeks it is normal to complete it in 3-4 sessions over 2 weeks.