Compulsive Overeating Expands Across America

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Compulsive Overeating, often referred to as food addiction, is characterized by an obsessive/compulsive relationship to food. According to a recent study, 1/3 of America is obese- the obesity rate more than doubled from 1990 to 2010. Obesity is the number two cause of preventable death in the United States, the first being tobacco use. If this disorder continues to go unnoticed by many Americans then it will be the cause of about 21% of health care spending.

A few key signs of symptoms of the Compulsive Overeating Disorder are:

  • Binge eating, or eating uncontrollably even when not physically hungry
  • Eating much more rapidly than normal
  • Eating alone due to shame and embarrassment- very low self esteem
  • Feelings of guilt, depression or mood swings due to overeating
  • Rapid weight gain or sudden onset of obesity
  • Significantly decreased mobility due to weight gain
  • Withdrawal from activities because of embarrassment about weight

Individuals with an eating disorder and a co-occurring mental health disorder may have difficulty finding a treatment program which can meet their clinical needs and be covered by their insurance resources. For individuals on social security disabilities that have coverage through Medicare, finding a program to treat their Eating Disorder may be almost impossible. At Brookhaven’s Eating Disorders Treatment Program we can offer help to these individuals who have been struggling with the long-term aspect of their eating disorder and have few choices available to them due to their Medicare status.

Brookhaven’s Eating Disorders Treatment Program is an average 21 day inpatient stay with a comprehensive approach which addresses mind, body and spirit. By incorporating the Radar Eating Disorder Program at Brookhaven, a cognitive behavioral approach is used throughout our client’s treatment and dialectical behavioral therapy is incorporated. Patients receive on average five groups a day and have several individual sessions throughout the week including a family session and meet with a psychiatrist and internal medicine doctor on a daily basis. Clients also meet with our registered dietician for a full nutritional work up twice a week and receive an individualized meal plan during their stay at the facility.

“Diets and bariatric surgery tend to just address the symptom of the compulsive overeating disorder. While  at the Rader  program, we treat the root causes  of this disease, including issues such as abandonment, sexual abuse, physical abuse, verbal abuse, rejection, un-forgiveness,  interpersonal issues, lack of purpose, passivity, and lack of spiritual connection.”  -Sherry Smith, LPC Rader therapist 

By utilizing specialized therapists and a separate treatment program, our clients can reclaim control over their lives. Click here for more information on our facility or contact one of our Admission Counselors at 888-298-HOPE (4673).

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