Continuing healthy habits at home can improve .
It is helpful when family members are supportive of their loved one who has binge eating disorder. Learning about the disorder will be useful for the entire family.
In many cases, eating disorders are associated with poor body image and low self-esteem. Parents can help reduce the chances that their children will develop an by teaching them to have:
For more information, see the topic Healthy Eating for Children.
Other treatments can help reduce binge eating.
Self-care programs. These are organized programs that provide self-help materials such as manuals or computer-based activities that can be useful in treating eating disorders. But most people who have an eating disorder also need counseling and possibly medicine.
Stress management techniques. Many people report that their binging episodes are triggered by feelings of or tension. Although not part of the treatment of binge eating disorder, relieving stress can help during recovery and can improve quality of life. Techniques to reduce stress include:
- Exercising. Regularphysical activity is one of the most effective stress-managementtechniques.
- Writing. Research shows thatexpressing yourself in writing can be a very effective way to reduce yourstress level.
- Expressing your feelings.Talking, laughing, crying, and expressing anger are normal parts of theemotional healing process.
- Doing something you enjoy. A hobby or other healthy leisure activity that is meaningful toyou can help you relax. Volunteer work or work that helps others can be apowerful stress-buster.
- Body-centered relaxation. This includesbreathing exercises,muscle relaxation exercises,massage,aromatherapy,yoga, and traditional Chinese relaxation exercisessuch astai chi and qi gong.
- Mindfulness activities. These include learning how to relax your body throughself-hypnosis,meditation, orimagery exercises orlistening to relaxing music or usinghumor to reduce stress.
For more information on stress reduction, see the topic Stress Management.