Binge Eating Disorder

Binge eating disorder (BED) is a serious mental health condition characterized by recurrent episodes of uncontrollable eating, often accompanied by feelings of guilt, shame, and distress. Seeking treatment for BED is an essential step towards recovery and improved overall well-being.

We at Evolve Wellness are experts in treating binge eating. We are here for you or your loved one to help you navigate treatment. As you learn more, we welcome you to reach out with any questions. 

Understanding Binge Eating Disorder

Binge eating disorder is more than occasional overeating. It’s a psychiatric condition that can have significant physical, emotional, and social consequences.

Individuals with BED often consume large quantities of food in a short period. And they often feel a lack of control over their eating behavior. Afterwards, feelings of guilt, shame, and distress ensue. Sadly, these feelings fuel a cycle of negative thoughts and continued behaviors.

Treatment Approaches

Treating binge eating disorder involves a combination of therapeutic interventions that will address both the psychological and behavioral aspects of the disorder.


  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT is considered the gold standard treatment for binge eating disorder. It focuses on challenging dysfunctional thoughts and behaviors related to food, body image, and weight.
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT): IPT helps individuals improve their relationships and address interpersonal issues that may contribute to binge eating episodes.
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): DBT combines cognitive-behavioral techniques with mindfulness practices to help individuals regulate their emotions and cope with stress without resorting to binge eating.

Nutritional Counseling

Working with a registered dietitian can help individuals develop a balanced approach to eating. This could mean learning mindful eating practices, meal planning, and coping strategies for managing food cravings and triggers. Check out our blog post on what it is like working with a dietitian here. 

We have several dietitians who can meet with you in person and online who are experts in treating binge eating disorder. You can learn more about them here.


  • Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs): Some antidepressant medications, such as SSRIs, may be prescribed to help reduce binge eating episodes and alleviate symptoms of depression or anxiety.
  • Vyvanse (Lisdexamfetamine): Vyvanse is the first medication approved by the FDA specifically for the treatment of moderate to severe binge eating disorder in adults.

Support Groups

Participating in support groups can provide individuals with BED with a sense of community, understanding, and encouragement on their recovery journey. Evolve offers ongoing virtual groups for those struggling with binge eating. Check out our blog on the benefits of groups here.

Building a Support Network

Recovery from binge eating disorder often requires ongoing support. This includes friends, family, and peers who understand the challenges associated with the disorder. Building a strong support network can provide individuals with BED with the encouragement, validation, and accountability they need to stay committed to their recovery goals.

Binge eating disorder is a complex and challenging condition. Yet, recovery is 100% possible with the right treatment and support. When one seeks out professional help and engages in therapy, individuals with BED can regain control and improve their overall quality of life.


If you or someone you know is struggling with binge eating disorder, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. You deserve support, understanding, and compassion on your journey to recovery. Recovery is possible, and no one has to face it alone.


Reach out to us today. We are happy to discuss treatment options that are right for you.