Binge Eating: How To Overcome an Eating Disorder

Letting go of an eating disorder is undoubtedly a difficult and personal journey. Each individual takes a unique path to overcoming binge eating disorder, and no single solution can offer the promise of easy recovery.

It is important to seek the guidance of a qualified bariatric medical professional that is experienced in treating patients with eating disorders. I have over 18 years of experience as a bariatric surgeon helping patients, some of whom suffer from disordered eating. While I do not treat eating disorders, I can help you understand how gastric sleeve may impact your interactions with food. Continue reading to learn more.

What Is Binge Eating?
Many people can relate to overeating from time to time, especially during holidays or other special occasions. However, for those who suffer from binge eating disorder, it is an entirely different experience. Binge eating disorder can cause long stretches of compulsive eating, long after fullness is achieved. Those with binge eating disorders tend to have complicated relationships with food, diets, and their bodies. This can lead to those individuals seeking out methods to overcome this disorder.

Binge eating disorder is characterized by an array of behavioral, cognitive, and physical symptoms, including the ones below:
• Weight fluctuations
• Uncontrollable eating
• Rapid weight gain
• “Yo-yo” dieting
• Tiredness
• Mood swings
• Feelings of guilt
• Rapid eating
• High blood pressure
• Feelings of isolation

Overcoming Binge Eating Disorder
Change Your Relationship With Food
While you are in the process of overcoming binge eating disorder, you must remember to eat regular, nourishing meals. The idea of frequent eating may appear counterintuitive, but eating meals at regular intervals can reduce the likelihood of binge eating later.

Up Your Hydration
In addition to its health advantages, staying hydrated can assist with cravings and can even reduce overeating. Drinking the recommended amount of water per day can speed up your metabolism, which is crucial for maintaining a healthy weight.

Seek Medical Advice
It is important to understand that disordered eating is a medical condition which requires the guidance of an experienced medical professional. Because unaddressed eating disorders can still affect you after bariatric surgery, I encourage patients to first establish a healthy relationship with food before undergoing gastric sleeve.

Eating Disorders and Bariatric Surgery
Individuals suffering from morbid obesity due to disordered eating are often recommended to get bariatric surgery, but only your provider can determine if it is right for you. If you are ready to finally overcome the effects of binge eating disorder and regain control of your life and diet, contact me for a consultation at Endobariatric by calling our office at 1-800-381-8115 or booking a consultation.

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