Managing binge eating with distress tolerance

By Deborah Etienne Ward Much of the time binge eating episodes occur following the experience of distress and negative emotions. Binge eating serves as an unhelpful way to manage the feelings that we experience. For a short time after binging some people will feel better. However, in the long term binge eating leads to more negative … Continued

Why my diet isn’t working

By Deborah Etienne-Ward Height is largely determined by our genetics. Similarly, genetics also plays a large role in determining our weight (Silventoinen & Kaprio, 2009). We largely accept that there is variety between people in height; however, we tend to idealise a thin body shape and discriminate against other body shapes and weights. According to set … Continued

Do “cheat meals” encourage binge eating?

By Madalyn Oliver Depending on who you ask, the definition of a “cheat meal” will vary. However, for the most part, a “cheat meal” involves the planned or scheduled consumption of foods that break the “rules” of one’s usual diet or meal plan, allowing you to indulge in whatever food your heart (or tastebuds) desire. … Continued

Four quick tips to reduce binge eating

By Deborah Etienne-Ward Much of the time binge eating episodes occur following the experience of distress and negative emotions. Binge eating serves as an unhelpful way to manage the feelings that we experience. For a short time after binging some people will feel better. However, in the long term binge eating leads to more negative … Continued

Starvation strikes! (trigger warning: graphic images)

By therapist Sarah McMahon Ancel Keys’ “Great Starvation Study” provides invaluable feedback when understanding the impact of starvation on our body. This study took place towards the end of World War II, well before ethics approval was required for scientific investigations. The purpose was to investigate the effects of dietary restriction on the human body … Continued

Why low carb diets don’t work

by therapist Kellie Hodder Carbohydrates have a bad reputation in the dieting world as an enemy of weight loss. Clients often report restricting and avoiding carbohydrates. What they find is that while they are able to resist carbs short term, it eventually leads to bingeing. Clients will usually attribute this bingeing to a personal failure, … Continued

6 Steps to Prevent a Binge

By BodyMatters therapist Sarah McMahon Preventing a binge begins long before the binge trigger & experience. Preventing a binge is just not about seizing the moment when the urge to binge is at its stongest. Rather, laying a firm foundation will prove far more effective than any distraction techniques ever will. Six fundamental techniques are … Continued

Why do we binge eat around menstruation?

Psychologist Sarah McMahon talks about this significant issue for so many females! Binge eating and menstruation are two separate phenomenon however often they occur simultaneously. When our female clients complete food diaries or log their eating behaviour, a predictable pattern of binge eating emerges for many around certain times of the monthly cycle. And while many … Continued

Binge eating help: People who binge-eat but can't put on weight

Recently, A Current Affair interviewed BodyMatters’ Managing Director Sarah McMahon about binge eating disorder help and people who binge eat but can’t put on weight. Despite eating over 5 times the daily recommended intake, a slim physique is still maintained. This tells us a lot about the problem of judging someone’s health by their size. … Continued