Sometimes our relationship with food can be damaging due to relying on it for emotional support. Picking at food all day and not being able to stop, eating large amounts without really noticing and eating to cheer yourself up can all be signs of bingeing. This compulsive binge eating is often connected to problems in close relationships, feeling worthless or lonely and triggered by stressful or upsetting situations. But you can recover from a binge eating disorder. Nightingale Hospital can help you take that vital step to regain a healthy and happy life. Please call us about binge eating treatment.
Treatment for bingeing at Nightingale Hospital
We have the expertise to approach the support and treatment we offer you for your bingeing (adults and adolescents) in a personal and flexible way to benefit you the most in your recovery. Binge eating treatments here in London can be as an outpatient, day patient or inpatient.
Based on current clinical evidence and put into practice by an experienced, multidisciplinary team of consultant psychiatrists, unit doctors, nurses, a dietician and specialist therapists, our approach to bingeing treatment is tailored to the individual.
Through intensive psychological and emotional support in group therapy sessions and individual counselling and psychotherapy, you can understand underlying factors that have contributed to your bingeing and find strategies to overcome it. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can help you identify your negative thoughts and learn more positive emotional and behavioural responses to your beliefs about yourself and your eating. Family therapy can improve the way family members relate to each other and communicate and Occupational Therapy can support you practically in returning to a normal life away from bingeing.
It can be difficult adjusting to life eating disorders after an inpatient admission, so we offer a step-down programme to our eating disorders daycare, individual counselling and free aftercare groups post inpatient treatment to sustain motivation for living free from an eating disorder.
Family support groups
Those nearest to the sufferer often blame themselves, going through a range of emotions from despair, depression and guilt to anger and frustration, leaving them exhausted and having difficulty coping, as well as feeling powerless in how to deal with the situation.
Research has shown that the involvement of families in the treatment process greatly increases the prospects of a person’s recovery.
Recent family support group feedback
- “It was good to meet up with other people who understand the complexities of caring for a loved one with an eating disorder. The group was well-led. Joanna is very knowledgeable and took the time to listen to everyone even though there were many needs and peoples at different stages of the journey.”
- “We cannot thank you enough for the education and advice this group has offered and the chance to discuss our questions with yourself and other careers of loved ones. We would be grateful if we could attend future Zoom meetings. We have started to read the advised book and already this is becoming of great help. Thank you again, Joanna.”
Bingeing specialists at Nightingale Hospital
Nightingale Hospital London has a number of Consultant Psychiatrists and Therapists that can help you through your bingeing. It is vital you find an eating disorder specialist that you can trust and work with on your recovery. If you cannot find the information you need on bingeing specialists and binge eating treatment programmes we would welcome your call so you feel secure in the decisions you make.
Our team is led by:
- Nightingale Hospital Lead Consultant for Eating Disorders, Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Helen Murphy
- Nightingale Hospital Lead Therapist for Eating Disorders, Dr Joanna Silver
Please contact us confidentially on 020 7535 7700 24 hours a day.
How can you help yourself with bingeing?
- Do you make yourself sick because you’re uncomfortably full?
- Do you worry that you’ve lost control over how much you eat?
- Have you recently lost more than 6 kilograms in three months?
- Do you believe you’re fat when others say you’re thin?
- Would you say that food dominates your life?
If you answer ‘yes’ to two or more of these questions, you may have a problem with your eating.
- Stick to regular mealtimes – breakfast, lunch and dinner. If your weight is very low, have morning, afternoon and nighttime snacks.
- Try to think of one small step you could take towards a healthier way of eating. If you can’t face eating breakfast, try sitting at the table for a few minutes at breakfast time and just drinking a glass of water. When you have got used to doing this, have just a little to eat, even half a slice of toast – but do it every day.
- Keep a diary of what you eat, when you eat it and what your thoughts and feelings have been every day. You can use this to see if there are connections between how you feel, what you are thinking about, and how you eat.
- Try to be honest about what you are or are not eating, both with yourself and with other people.
- Remind yourself that you don’t always have to be achieving things – let yourself off the hook sometimes.
- Remind yourself that, if you lose more weight, you will feel more anxious and depressed.
- Make two lists – one of what your eating disorder has given you, one of what you have lost through it. A self-help book can help you with this.
- Try to be kind to your body, don’t punish it.
- Make sure you know what a reasonable weight is for you and that you understand why.
- Read stories of other people’s experiences of recovery. You can find these in self-help books or on the internet.
- Think about joining a self-help group. Your GP may be able to recommend one, or you can contact Beat.
- Don’t weigh yourself more than once a week.
- Don’t spend time checking your body and looking at yourself in the mirror. Nobody is perfect. The longer you look at yourself, the more likely you are to find something you don’t like. Constant checking can make the most attractive person unhappy with the way they look.
- Don’t cut yourself off from family and friends. You may want to because they think you are too thin, but they can be a lifeline.
- Avoid websites that encourage you to lose weight and stay at very low body weight. They encourage you to damage your health, but won’t do anything to help when you fall ill.