Binge Eating Disorder (BED)

BED is the most common eating disorder, affecting up to 2 million people across the UK.

Our team is skilled and experienced at helping people just like you to stop bingeing for good.

Do I have BED?

Binge eating is the most common eating disorder in the UK. People living with BED will find themselves bingeing regularly, usually a few times a week but it can be more or less than this.

Bingeing involves eating a large amount of food in a short amount of time, usually in secret. You may feel out of control while eating and, after eating, you’ll experience feelings of shame, guilt and disgust.

The feeling of shame means that you may be attempting to deal with binge eating on you own, without the support of family and friends. We want you to know that you don’t need to be alone with it. Our team is highly experienced at supporting people to recover from binge eating in a compassionate, friendly environment. 

Is BED serious?

Yes! Binge eating doesn’t always get the attention that it deserves from medical professionals. There is also, unfortunately, a lot of stigma around binge eating.

The truth is that people with BED are likely to be a higher weight, which does carry a lot of physical health risks.

The shame of both bingeing and being in a larger body can also cripple your mental health and self-esteem, which actually fuels the eating disorder and can make binges more frequent and worse.

Why do I binge?

There are dozens of reasons why people start bingeing. Most of these are routed in trauma, low self-esteem and low self-worth. Food starts as a way to cope and feel better, at least for a while.

Bingeing as a coping mechanism can quickly cycle into developing binge eating disorder. It’s never as simple as just stopping – if it was, you wouldn’t still be bingeing!

Most of our clients are stuck in a binge-restrict cycle. They binge, feel completely awful about themselves so pledge to start eating “healthily”. By trying to eat healthily, they actually start restricting until the brain and body takes over, causing another binge.

Can I stop bingeing?

Yes! Recovering from BED and stopping bingeing usually involves two processes:

Firstly, we help you to break out of the binge-restrict cycle. This removes the physiological triggers for a binge.

Secondly, our therapists will help you to heal the underlying causes that started you along the path of using food as a coping mechanism. 

Your therapist will help you to develop a more confident, happier self which doesn’t need to rely on unhealthy coping mechniams.

What does treatment look like?

Treatment for BED usually takes the form of weekly therapy appointments. All of our therapists are skilled with helping people just like you to stop bingeing for good. 

We start by understanding your unique experiences and working with you to develop a recovery plan. The plan will contain all of the bits that need to be worked on to help you stop bingeing.

We have a dietitian on our team who can help with meal and snack plans if you need them. We also have connections with a local gym who specialise in small group workouts and personalised plans.

How do I start treatment?

We know that it’s a massive deal asking for support whether it’s for yourself or someone you care about. We want to make working with us as easy and straightforward as possible.

So that you know what to expect, these are the steps that you’ll go through when you first contact us:

1. Please contact us on whichever method you prefer.

When you contact us we will ask your full name name, phone number and email address. We will also ask if you have any questions.

2. We will arrange an initial consultation for you, usually within 1-2 weeks.

The initial consultation is free and is a chance for you to meet one of our therapists. The consultation can be in person at our clinic or held online, whichever is best for you.

3. We will email you an admin form which needs to be completed before your initial consultation.

4. You have your initial consultation.

We will discuss what’s going on for you and you can ask any questions that you have for us. If both the therapist and you agree that our service could help you to recover, we’ll discuss your availability for regular appointments.

5. We will arrange your first therapy appointment

This is where your treatment with us, and more importantly your recovery, starts.