Pacifica provides a separate treatment program for binge disorders or commonly called compulsive overeating. Pacifica created a separate program 2008. Most eating disorder programs nationally do not separate the individuals with binge disorders from those with anorexia or bulimia. Pacifica is the only eating disorder program in Southern California with a program specifically focusing on binge eating.
Individuals with binge disorder are not all grossly overweight. Many are obese, but there is a growing number who’s weight would not give the impression the person has a binge eater disorder.
Binge eating disorder is characterized by
- Compulsively eating large amounts of food
- Continuous eating regardless of hunger
- Eating over emotions and stress
- Multiple diets and regaining weight after the diet
- Restricting for a significant period after a binge
- Weight loss surgery without addressing the emotional relationship with food.
Individuals who have had medical weight loss procedures, (surgery, or lap band) often continue compulsive behaviors in some other form. Some have continued emotional eating and regained the weight resulting in a sense of futility and hopelessness. The focus of the program is not weight loss but on the emotional relationship with food and how emotions drive compulsive eating.
The program’s goal is to create a foundation for healthy eating and healthy self-care. The program has 8 elements
- Individualized meal plan with registered dietitian
- Nutritional education
- Food journaling and accountability
- Eating together with supervision
- Group therapy to process the emotions related to eating
- Learning mindful eating
- Individualized exercise program
- Psychiatric management for medications when needed
When a person integrates these behaviors into one’s life, weight will naturally go down. The program is two to three evenings a week from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. The structure of program consists of three sessions per evening.
Pacifica Recovery is accredited by the Joint Commission and contracted with most health plans. Many health plans cover binge disorder under the diagnosis “eating disorder NOS” or as with mental health diagnosis of anxiety or depression.