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I think I have Binge Eating Disorder

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

I'm very good at being on Sparkpeople when I am successfully losing weight and even better at disappearing when I feel like I am failing. I've done a lot of research and reflection and think I have Binge Eating Disorder. I've been trying to lose weight for years with little success- even though I know what I need to do to lose weight, even though I know how unhealthy my current weight is, even though I know how much my life is negatively affected by my weight/relationship with food. After years of struggling with this, I decided to seek help. I have an assessment tomorrow at a local Eating Disorder and Outreach Program. I am nervous but proud I took that step and hope something good will come of it. I also decided to try and do better with staying connected on Sparkpeople. I so badly wanted to be viewed as an "inspiration" and not someone in need of help, but who am I kidding? I do need help. Has anyone struggled with Binge Eating Disorder? Has anyone overcome it? Thanks for reading *hugs*
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TARATHEVEGAN 5/15/2013 11:10AM

    Posted a blog about treatment!

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KLUTZY68 5/8/2013 6:45PM

    It's not so long ago that OVEReating was not considered an eating disorder! Only bulimia and anorexia qualified for treatment. I guess we were just considered fat slobs with no self-control. I hope you will keep posting about your experience. I've had BED for almost 30 years and have gained and lost somewhere around 1000 lbs. I sure hope it works for you!

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COLLEENMV 5/6/2013 10:32AM

    Thanks for talking about it and sharing your treatment experience. I hope you keep posting. It is helpful to feel not so alone with this struggle.

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KATSPARK06 5/2/2013 10:04PM

    i hear ya! i have many of your same issues and have had good periods and bad periods. currently going through a bad period.

good luck with your program. sometimes you need to feel the gravity of the situation.

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FIGHTING4IT 5/1/2013 5:39PM

    That's incredible. Sounds like you are on the right track! Good luck!

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TARATHEVEGAN 5/1/2013 11:56AM

    Thank you so much for the kind and encouraging replies. Yesterday was my first day of the outpatient program. I had a 1 hour orientation/tour, 1 hour with my individual therapist, 1 hour with my dietician, and 1 hour of group therapy. Today I will attend 3 different group therapies and meet with a nurse for a health assessment. There are also weekend group therapies for family/spouse support. My homework assignments include logging my food intake and doing a timeline of my eating disorder. I feel like I will learn a lot and feel very hopeful about this program. My insurance has approved me for at least 6 weeks of this treatment, but I hope I can stay longer if needed. I feel so grateful there happens to be a program like this in my area, and plan to do a blog after treatment detailing what I have learned for others who have eating disorders.

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FIGHTING4IT 4/16/2013 10:46PM

    You can do this! You have taken a big step by going to seek treatment. I would say that I also suffer from it as well although never officially diagnosed. I had a bad episode a few weeks ago where I ate a box of min frozen hamburgers. But, they were disgusting and I wanted to stop eating and I was practically in tears yet I could not stop myself. You are an inspiration. Good luck! I am here for support!

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LEAH2BFIT 4/16/2013 8:01PM

  Good luck at your assessment! Let us know how it goes.

P.S. You inspire other people with your bravery. emoticon

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