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Treating Binge Eating Disorder: Q&A With Bonnie Brennan

Yesterday, in our interview, eating disorder expert Karen Trevithick revealed key facts about binge eating disorder (BED), including common myths and why dieting doesn't help (in fact, it exacerbates the disorder).

Today, Bonnie Brennan, MA, LPC, clinical director at Eating Recovery Center’s Adult Partial Hospitalization Program, delves into what causes BED (dieting is a common trigger) and how to effectively treat it.

Q: What do we know about what causes BED?

A: Although the exact causes for binge eating disorder are unknown, there...
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Facts About Binge Eating Disorder: Q&A With Karen Trevithick

Binge eating disorder (BED) is finally becoming an official diagnosis in the diagnostic and statistical manual for mental health professionals (DSM 5). So this is a good time to highlight facts about the disorder, because, unfortunately, it's still misunderstood (and not talked about much). 

For starters, you might be surprised to learn that BED is actually the most common eating disorder. It affects percent of American women and 2 percent of...
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Coping With Distress By Using Your Senses

If we have a tough time dealing with distress, we might turn toward (or away) from food or crank up our body-bashing. Of course, this not only prevents us from solving the problem, but it leads us to feel worse.

That's why it's so important to take a compassionate approach and find ways to soothe ourselves.

In his book, The Compassionate-Mind Guide to Ending Overeating, author and clinical psychologist, Ken Goss, DClinPsy,...
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Connecting To Your Self-Compassion

When you're eating away your emotions and you start feeling the heaviness of shame, the last thing you probably want to do is connect to your self-compassion. The last thing you probably want to do is be kinder to yourself or comfort yourself.

When I'd stuff my feelings with food, I felt confused, out of control, embarrassed and alone. And it's funny that it's in those very moments that I needed to crank up the...
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End Emotional Eating: Identifying Your Feelings

As clinical psychologist Jennifer L. Taitz, , writes in her book, End Emotional Eating, enjoying food during a difficult time is perfectly OK.

However, when we start to regularly depend on food to manage our feelings it becomes a problem. Distracting yourself with food basically tells you that "You can't cope," she writes. And this can kick-start and maintain your cycle of emotional eating.

Food doesn't help you honor your feelings or figure...
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Slowing Down, Not Rushing To Food When Strong Emotions Strike

Last week we talked about using certain healthy coping strategies when strong emotions strike. One reader posted a very important comment. She wrote:

These tips are interesting, but how do I slow down enough to do any of these or even breathe? The strong feeling comes… bam, I go to food. I don’t know how to slow down.

I bet many of us have had similar struggles. That's why I wanted to turn her valuable comment into its own blog post. So I consulted two...
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Binge Eating In Men: Q&A With Richard Bedrosian


Eating disorders don't discriminate. They affect people of all ages, appearances, races and religions. Still, when the conversation turns to eating disorders (or disordered eating), we often forget that men struggle, too.

That's why I was especially interested in speaking with Richard Bedrosian, , co-author of this recent study on binge eating in men, published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders. Bedrosian is the Director of Behavioral...
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What To Do When Emotions Become Overwhelming

While it's important to release your emotions, sometimes, you just need to take a break. Sometimes, your emotions become so overwhelming that it's best to have a few soothing strategies up your sleeve.

In her excellent book, Writing for Emotional Balance: A Guided Journal to Help You Manage Overwhelming Emotions, clinical psychologist Beth Jacobs, PhD, shares a few ways that we can "refocus."

According to Jacobs, refocusing means returning to...
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