What is the theory behind this Binge Eating Disorder Worksheet?
Binge eating disorder (BED) is an eating order that is characterised by the consumption of an abnormally large amount of food while being unable to stop. This is not the same as an occasional overeating episode but something that happens consistently leading to multiple health and psychological issues. It can be likened to a compulsive action in the way that individuals feel the urge to keep eating at all costs.
How will the worksheet help?
Among the many tools used to treat Binge Eating Disorder in therapy is making a list of actions or behaviours that can replace the urge to overeat. This worksheet will help clients to come up with alternative actions that they think can help them both in high risk situations or when they feel the urge to overeat.
How to use the worksheet?
Think of all the different ways that can help you distract yourself from giving in to the urge to binge eat. Write down those activities that can be helpful alternatives that you can perform in face of your binge eating triggers. Test them out and write which worked and which did not.
Binge Eating Disorder Worksheet
The urge to binge-eat is hard to control but never impossible. One way to empower yourself over that urge is to always be prepared with an alternative activity that can do a good job in distracting you in face of your triggers. Test to see what works best for you and what does not.
Following are some activities that could be helpful. Please add in your own.
- Go for a walk or do some exercise
- Play your favourite music
- Hop in the shower
Which activity has worked the best for you so far?
Which activity has not worked at all?
Fairburn, C.G. (2013). Overcoming Binge Eating: The Proven Program to Learn Why You Binge and How You Can Stop. Guilford Press.
You can download this worksheet here.