Day Five of BED Week: BED Treatment

Yesterday's blog post discussed the causes of binge eating disorder (BED) - biological, psychological, and social factors all play a role in the development of BED. Due to the variety of factors that are involved in the cause of BED, it is important that they each be addressed when treating the disorder (see the figure below).

Figure: Treating BED. A holistic approach that considers the biological, psychological, and social factors contributing to BED is recommended when treating this complex disorder. Created by Chelsea Fielder-Jenks, 2013.

Recommended care is provided by a multidisciplinary team including but not limited to a psychologist, psychiatrist, individual therapist, social worker, nutritionist, and/or primary care physician. Care should be coordinated and provided by a health professional with expertise and experience in dealing with eating disorders.

Treatment of BED is delivered in hospitals, residential treatment facilities, and private office settings. Levels of care consist of acute short-term inpatient care, partial inpatient care, intensive outpatient care (by day or evening), and outpatient care. To learn more about levels of care and treatment, visit the National Eating Disorder Association's website.

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- Chelsea


National Eating Disorder Association. Retrieved May 30, 2013. Learn - Treatment.