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The Eating Recovery Center Blog features frequent updates concerning Eating Recovery Center (ERC), our eating disorder treatment methods and programs, and upcoming meetings and events to help provide patients, families, professionals, and alumni alike with the information they need to understand their condition and enter on a path to long-lasting recovery.


October 29, 2019
How do you successfully navigate the holidays while in treatment for — or recovery from — binge eating disorder? ERC’s Binge Eating Treatment & Recovery (BETR) Program shares many simple and empowering coping tools and techniques that you can apply each day in recovery.
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October 25, 2019
Stress eating is simply this: responding to stress by eating. Why does this happen? People stress eat because it works. Cortisol, a hormone produced when stress is released, actually decreases after we eat high-fat, sugary or salty foods. When you reach for a bag of chips or home-baked cookies after a stressful event, it makes sense that you would continue to do so again and again — because it is actually helping you relax!
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September 05, 2019
Like so many people with Binge Eating Disorder, I just didn’t feel “sick enough” for treatment. What I didn’t realize before recovery was that I was existing in this world – but not really living. In Binge Eating Disorder treatment, patients recover from their eating disorder and rediscover the things, places, ideals, and beliefs that they value – as well as their connection to each other and to other people. 
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August 14, 2019
The prevalence of trauma is high in patients with binge eating disorder (BED)— much higher, in fact, than in the general population. Dr. Julie Friedman discusses research showing the importance of treating trauma with comorbid binge eating disorder. 
 
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December 27, 2018
As friends and family members, it’s so hard to watch someone suffer. We want our loved ones to be happy. In this blog post, I share a number of in-depth tips to show you how to support someone struggling with binge eating. 
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November 06, 2018
"I have tried everything imaginable, but I simply don’t have the willpower to stop bingeing.” This is the narrative most people convey when they come to us seeking treatment for binge eating disorder. I’ve heard it so many times: “If only I had self-control, I could stop binge eating.” This is where we have it all wrong: when it comes to binge eating, willpower is a lie. 
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DocumentTags: betr, "betsy callan", "binge eating disorder", "binge eating treatment and recovery program", "compulsive overeating", patients, treatment
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September 27, 2018

The science on obesity has changed dramatically and it’s incumbent that we, the medical and clinical community, catch up. Dr. Julie Friedman, National Senior Director of ERC’s Binge Eating Treatment & Recovery (BETR) Program helps separate dieting fiction from fact.

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September 26, 2018
If you’ve had moments of binge eating after following a “clean” eating diet, you may not be bingeing despite your food rules and nutrition knowledge; you may actually be bingeing because of the strict diet that you’re trying so hard to follow. Here's why.
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DocumentTags: "binge eating disorder", "binge eating treatment and recovery program", causes, "jean curran", orthorexia, patients, "symptoms & signs"
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August 31, 2018
Why do people binge when they feel shame? Because shame feels terrible! Shame is sometimes described as a “punch in the gut” or a heart-wrenching feeling — and bingeing works to temporarily take away these negative feelings. Early childhood memories of feeling shamed about the way your body looks or your relationship to food can trigger ongoing shame in adulthood. This could perhaps also lead to eating disorder behaviors. 
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DocumentTags: alumni, "binge eating disorder", "binge eating treatment and recovery program", families, "laura lange", patients, "symptoms & signs"
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May 30, 2018
If you are struggling with night eating, we encourage you to get help sooner rather than later. Most people wait too long to get help or assume that help is not available. The good news here is that night eating syndrome is highly treatable, and most patients will respond well to relatively simple interventions!
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