For the family and friends of a loved one with binge eating disorder, they can feel as if they need to tiptoe around the issue of food. This approach can follow periods of heated confrontations about food and attempts by the loved one to hide the times they are eating or the amount of food involved. Binge eating treatment centers, however, take a completely different approach when it comes to clients’ relationships with food and eating.
Removing the Negativity Surrounding Food
Most people do not equate food with feelings of shame and guilt. These feelings are some of the most common ones an eating disorder therapist will address during the course of treatment at a binge eating disorder treatment center.
Most people with binge eating disorder are well aware of how different their eating habits are from their friends, families and peers. These differences make these individuals more likely to have feelings of shame and guilt. Sometimes in a misguided attempt to help the person they love, friends and family members will point out the amounts of food or types of food the individual is consuming. In some instances, this kind of behavior can spiral into berating or threatening language that can lead to further negative feelings.
At a binge eating treatment center, the eating disorder therapist employs different strategies to remove the negative perceptions clients have surrounding food. Talking about food in a matter of fact and non-confrontational manner is the first step in finding your recovered self.
Developing Strategies to Deal with Real Life Food Experiences
Food commercials bombard individuals as they watch television, listen to the radio or browse the internet, which can be traumatic for someone with an eating disorder.
Even something others might consider to be a simple, everyday occurrence like going to the grocery store to buy food for dinner or going out to eat with a friend can be wrought with overwhelming feelings. The key is not to ignore these feelings or push them down. Instead, the answer is to acknowledge the feelings these types of situations bring up. The feelings they bring up are not bad either. Finding a way to turn these situations from something that causes stress for the individual to one that can be embraced is a key element in recovery.
By enlisting the guidance of a binge eating disorder treatment center and its supportive environment where food is introduced, and the feelings around this food discussed, a person can develop tools and strategies to address the negative connotations surrounding food and eating. Implementing strategies regarding grocery shopping, cooking food at home and going out to dinner with friends are common scenarios.
By working closely with the Monte Nido team, an individual can overcome binge eating disorder and find their healthy self once again.