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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    Posted a blog about treatment!
    1837 days ago
  • KLUTZY68
    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!
    1844 days ago
    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.
    1846 days ago
    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.
    1850 days ago
    That's incredible. Sounds like you are on the right track! Good luck!
    1851 days ago
    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.
    1851 days ago
    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!
    1866 days ago
    Good luck at your assessment! Let us know how it goes.

    P.S. You inspire other people with your bravery. emoticon
    1866 days ago
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