This year, Eating Disorders Awareness Week is focusing on binge eating disorder. Binge eating disorder will affect one in fifty people in their lifetime, and one in six affected attempts suicide. Binge eating disorder will affect one in fifty of us in our lifetime, it is the most common but least understood. It isn’t about being greedy or lacking in willpower, but a serious mental illness which many suffer with alone, often with the fear of how others might react the reason they don’t reach out for help.
The first article by the BACP is useful in understanding the different disorders and the usefulness of therapy. Personally i feel that whilst someone is experiencing disorder behaviours moderate-severely the therapy should be with someone specialising in it. Once the disorder is more under control and symptoms are being managed and lived with at a functional level then therapist like myself can work with people on understanding where issues stems from and the impact on them and those close to them in the present moment.
The 2nd link is to Beat and well known organisation who work with and support people amazingly and provide useful links and resources also to professionals and families.