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Beyond the Mirror has counselors that specialize in Binge Eating Disorder recovery. If you think you have Binge Eating Disorder Recovery is Possible. Call now to schedule your initial consultation. The information below was found on the Binge Eating Disorder Association website. Click the link to read more.

What is Binge Eating Disorder?

Binge eating disorder (BED) is the most common eating disorder in the United States. An estimated 3.5% of women, 2% of men, and 30% to 40% of those seeking weight loss treatments can be clinically diagnosed with binge eating disorder. The disorder impacts people of all ages—including children and adolescents, races, and levels of education and income.

Binge eating disorder is characterized by recurring episodes of binge eating, feeling out of control while binging, and feeling guilt and shame afterward.

What Is A Binge?

A “binge” can vary widely in amount of food consumed. While it might mean a considerable amount for some, it can mean a smaller amount for others. Regardless of the amount of food eaten, the person still feels out of control to stop, with distress following the episode.

Although those with binge eating disorder are more likely than average to be of higher weight, anyone at any weight may struggle with the disorder. For those at higher weights, the presence of cultural weight stigma and bullying experiences may contribute to a greater degree to the development of binge eating disorder, as well as co-occurring mood disorders and addictions.

Characteristics of Binge Eating Disorder

According to the DSM-V, binge eating disorder is characterized by several behavioral and emotional signs:

·         Recurrent episodes of binge eating occurring at least once a week for three months

·         Eating a larger amount of food than normal during a short time frame (any two-hour period)

·         Lack of control over eating during the binge episode (feeling you can’t stop eating or control what or how much you are eating)


Binge eating episodes are associated with three or more of the following:

·         Eating until feeling uncomfortably full

·         Eating large amounts of food when not physically hungry

·         Eating much more rapidly than normal

·         Eating alone out of embarrassment over quantity eaten

·         Feeling disgusted, depressed, ashamed, or guilty after overeating

     In addition:

·         Marked distress regarding binge eating is also present

·         Binge eating is not associated with frequent inappropriate compensatory behavior, such as purging, excessive exercise, etc.

·         Binge eating does not occur exclusively during the course of bulimia nervosa or anorexia nervosa

To receive more information or if you have questions regarding the intake process, 

please contact us at our Fort Collins office:

Beyond the Mirror Counseling

1031 Robertson Street

Fort Collins, CO 80524

Phone: (970) 402-8543

Fax: (970) 493-9113


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Treatment Options and Providers

For almost everyone dealing with binge eating disorder, treatment is necessary for recovery.  A variety of treatment approaches, interventions, levels of care, and types of clinicians are available to treat binge eating disorder.

Binge eating disorder is most commonly treated as an outpatient. But residential programs can be powerful tools for those needing extra support and intervention. Both outpatient and residential programs offer a variety of underlying philosophies of treatment. Therapists who treat binge eating disorder may also work privately and coordinate care with other specialists.

While the specific combination of services may vary for each individual, treatment can include the following:

Some outpatient and residential programs may also offer complementary and alternative interventions, such as:

  • Movement classes
  • Meditation/Mindfulness instruction
  • Art therapies, psychodrama
  • Equine therapy
  • Yoga

Treatment providers must also be trained to do psychotherapy, be able to use evidence-based tools as a component of their treatment plan, and, if applicable, be trained in the neurology of trauma and appropriate trauma resolution interventions.

Evidence-based treatment modalities—meaning those currently studied and with research outcomes—include cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness based interventions, Internal Family Systems therapy, and psychodynamic psychotherapy. Other modalities are available and may be effective, but they haven’t been researched.