Binge Eating Disorder Treatment in Greenwich CT

Eating Disorder Treatment in Greenwich, Darien, Westchester, and Surrounding Areas in Connecticut and New York

What is binge eating disorder? Binge eating disorder is the most common eating disorder, and is characterized by episodes of eating large quantities of food with a feeling of a loss of control during the binge. People with binge eating disorder do not engage in compensatory measures (e.g., purging). People with binge eating disorder often experience feelings of  disgust, shame, or guilt after binge eating. 

What are some symptoms and warning signs of binge eating disorder? Symptoms and warning signs of binge eating disorder include discomfort in eating around others, frequent dieting, stealing or hoarding food, creating lifestyles to accommodate binge eating sessions, chaotic eating behaviors (e.g., meal skipping, eating throughout the day without planned mealtimes), fluctuations in weight, low self-esteem, and gastrointestinal problems.

How do you treat binge eating disorder? We use Dr. Fairburn's Enhanced Cognitive Behavioral Treatment to treat binge eating disorder in late adolescents and adults. CBT is a treatment for eating disorders with the strongest scientific evidence. We will work with you to implement behavioral strategies including the establishment of a regular pattern of eating, stopping binge episodes, systematic exposure to forbidden foods, create motivation for change, and challenge disturbance in the experience of shape and weight as well as the tie between personal identity and the eating disorder. We also integrate mindfulness and acceptance techniques to help you regulate emotions and disengage from eating disordered thoughts.

What experience do you have treating binge eating disorder? Dr. Sala has extensive training in treating binge eating disorder, including experience at inpatient eating disorder units and a decade-long research career working with leaders in the field. Dr. Sala is the Director of the Mindfulness, Eating Disorders, and Acceptance Lab (MEAL) at Yeshiva University, where she conducts eating disorder treatment research. She is currently working on developing a novel treatment for binge eating disorder. Please contact her to learn more about her experience.