By Rebecca Bitzer, RD
You are not alone. Binge Eating Disorder widely impacts individuals of all ages. Additionally, it is estimated that up to 40% of people joining weight loss programs meet the criteria of binge eating disorder. Unfortunately, dieting can often make things worse. Yes, that is correct. In fact, the worst thing you can do for yourself or a loved one is to encourage a weight loss program or diet to someone struggling with binge eating disorder. So what can you do?
1. Educate yourself and/or your loved one on binge eating disorder.
2. Look for experts trained in binge eating disorder recovery.
First, find a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) who has been trained in the non-dieting approach or intuitive eating. Secondly, another credential to look for is CEDRD. It stands for Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian and his credential takes years to complete. In addition to the RDN credential which takes at least 5 years to complete. So, if your RDN does not yet have the CEDRD credential completed, simply ask if your RDN is working towards it.
3. Become aware of resources that help you recover.
First, find a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who believes in the Health at EVERY Size (HAES) approach.
So what is HAES? “Health at Every Size® principles help us advance social justice, create an inclusive and respectful community, and support people of all sizes in finding compassionate ways to take care of themselves.”
4. Join a support group to help you feel less isolated. This is different than a diet group.
A support group is completely different. If there is not a support group in your area; look for online support groups.
If you live in Maryland, specifically near Greenbelt, Annapolis, or Columbia and we can help. We have a binge eating disorder support group as well. It’s starting in February on Thursday evenings at 6 pm.
Thursdays in February at 6 pm in our Greenbelt MD office! For more resources look at our website empoweredeatingblog.com .