Peter's story: Excessive exercise, unusual eating habits
Josey is the parent of Peter. Josey is worried because Peter seems to have become obsessed with what he is eating and has become extremely committed to his martial arts class in a way that seems excessive compared to the class expectations. Peter is running in addition to 5x/week classes and asking Josey to buy special foods for him – low fat, low sugar, low carb, high protein kinds of foods. He doesn’t really eat with the family anymore, but that’s not so unusual because they are all so busy and often not home at the same time to eat together. He’s lost a significant amount of weight, but he was at a higher weight, so Josey isn’t sure if that’s a problem, or not. Peter is talking about wanting to get “six-pack abs” and seems unhappy with his appearance. Josey has even wondered if he might be throwing up after eating and has tried to watch for behaviors that might indicate that, but so far, she isn’t sure. Peter seems withdrawn and down, but irritable and anxious when engaged in conversation about his day. Josey is worried Peter might be developing an eating disorder, but she doesn’t want to overreact. But, as Peter’s mom, she just knows in her bones that something isn’t right.
Articles tagged with: Binge Eating Disorder
Obsessive exercise is one of the most common symptoms of an eating disorder. For people across the eating disorder spectrum—anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and other eating disorders—obsessive exercise is a very common behavior and may also feel compulsive, or like it has to be done. It can also be a widespread compensatory mechanism for those who feel they have eaten too much.
I recently had the privilege of attending a talk by Roxane Gay, a nationally known writer, professor and speaker. She authored The New York Times best-selling essay collection, Bad Feminist, and most recently, the memoir Hunger.
"Do I have an eating disorder or am I just experiencing some stress eating?" It's a common question.
This is one person's story; everyone will have unique experiences on their own path to recovery and beyond. Some stories may mention eating disorder thoughts, behaviors or symptom use. Please use your own discretion. And speak with your therapist when needed.
by Melinda Parrish, plus size model and body positivity advocate in recovery from Binge Eating Disorder. She lives in Washington, D.C. Follow her at https://www.instagram.com/melparrishplus/.
To some degree, it’s fair to say that the military “trained” me for Binge Eating Disorder.
To be clear, I’m a huge supporter of the military and am incredibly honored to have served. I have deep reverence for the military and everyone serving. But the reality is that 34% of women in the military suffer from eating disorders, much more than the percentage of women in the general population.
Telling people you have an eating disorder can be a difficult. You might feel embarrassed or unsure how your loved ones will react.
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The Emily Program offers a wide array of treatment options for clients at all levels of care. Today, let's take a closer look at our binge eating disorder (BED) intensive outpatient program (IOP). We sat down with Katelyn Burrows, BED IOP Program Coordinator in Cleveland, to learn more.
An individual’s level of reward and punishment sensitivity are believed to influence binge eating and compensatory behaviors.
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Eating disorders are neurobiological illnesses that have both psychological and physical manifestations. They are complex and require comprehensive treatment teams to greatly increase a client’s chance of success.
That’s why The Emily Program employs a multidisciplinary team of eating disorder specialists to deliver optimal care to every client. Here, we believe care demands, at a minimum, medical, psychological, psychiatric and nutritional components, along with family and other supports. If any of these components are missing, treatment will likely be less successful.
At The Emily Program, we are always determining what type of services are needed and/or going to be most helpful for our clients' recovery. Recently we have expanded our intensive programs in Woodbury and St. Paul, MN to adapt to our clients' needs.
In this "Ask Emily" Dr. Jillian Lampert addresses how The Emily Program approaches weight loss within eating disorder treatment for binge eating.
The Emily Program takes pride in getting out and being a part of the communities where we work and live. Our outreach staff and providers do presentations for community groups, professional associations, medical professionals, college students, the list goes on and on.
"Ask Emily" is a video segment where Dr. Jillian Lampert answers email questions from the community.
In this "Ask Emily" Dr. Lampert suggests some steps people can take to begin to establish a healthy relationship with food and their body after years of overeating and feelings of shame.