NEW YORK, Feb. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- In the United States, more than nine million Americans are struggling with Binge Eating Disorder (BED). BED is a debilitating condition characterized by periodic episodes of an uncontrollable urge to eat followed by the inability to stop eating, despite being physically full.1 These bouts of binging are frequently magnified by self-destructive cycles of guilt and self-loathing. While it has only been classified as a clinical eating disorder since 2013, BED is the most common of all eating disorders, affecting more women than men, and more people than Anorexia and Bulimia combined.2 Body shame is a dominant characteristic of BED that affects all aspects of a person's life, and women in particular have shown better response to treatment in environments that are created especially for them. To address this need, Green Mountain at Fox Run (GMFR) in Ludlow, VT, announces the grand opening of its Women's Center for Binge & Emotional Eating (WCBEE). Just in time for February's Love Your Body Month and National Eating Disorders Awareness Week—WCBEE is the country's only clinical counseling program specializing exclusively in the treatment of BED and emotional eating for women only.
"Binge Eating Disorder is an alarmingly common condition that affects overall health, can lead to unwanted weight gain and can interfere with happiness and well-being," emphasizes Dr. Kari Anderson, chief clinical director at Green Mountain at Fox Run (GMFR). "Because of the significant number of cases we were seeing and the unique needs of these women, we knew that it was time to provide them a unique treatment option at a dedicated binge and emotional eating treatment center affiliated with GMFR."
GMFR is a residential healthy weight retreat that has been helping women achieve healthy minds and bodies for more than 40 years. Its new affiliated Women's Center for Binge & Emotional Eating (WCBEE) is an outpatient counseling center with a licensed clinical staff specializing in helping clients uncover the roots of emotional eating problems and find peace with food, eating and their bodies. The program is eligible for health insurance reimbursement. The credentialed team of experienced experts help clients change their relationship with food while carefully addressing underlying emotional issues. Individual and group therapy participants also benefit from participating in GMFR's foundational program, which guides them away from dieting and weight loss fixation and towards building healthy habits and positive self-esteem. The experienced licensed therapists and dietitians at GMFR provide emotional support to WCBEE participants to help restore balance, mindfulness and peace to their lives. The combination of the experiential and educational program at GMFR and the intensive therapy that women receive at WCBEE is a powerful and unparalleled experience that cannot be found anywhere else in the U.S. Women not only learn why they may binge eat or compulsively or emotionally overeat, and learn concrete strategies to reduce this behavior at GMFR, they can now also delve more deeply into these issues through the therapy they receive at WCBEE, all within a like-minded, women-only, safe and non-judgmental environment.
"At Green Mountain at Fox Run, we understand that extremes in attitudes and beliefs about eating, dieting and exercise can lead to extremes in behavior," explains Dr. Anderson. "As a result, our personalized BED program focuses on helping women find their middle ground – where things aren't black or white. We talk about living in the gray area because that provides flexibility for making choices in the moment that can be more supportive of health and well-being."
If you are interested in learning more about the programs offered at GMFR and WCBEE or breaking the BED cycle, and the power benefits of both programs combined, visit www.FitWoman.com. Follow GMFR at www.twitter.com/GreenMtnFoxRun, www.facebook.com/GreenMountainAtFoxRun, www.instagram.com/greenmtnfoxrun and www.pinterest.com/greenmtnfoxrun.
About Green Mountain at Fox Run
Green Mountain at Fox Run, the acclaimed Vermont residential healthy weight retreat, is exclusively for women who are seeking real and lasting change in their eating behavior, the way they think about their bodies, and managing their weight. More than 40 years ago, Green Mountain at Fox Run pioneered and still promotes a mindfulness based non-diet approach to eating and stress management that can help women better understand their needs, approach eating in a healthier way, find ways to move and exercise that they enjoy, and end the cycle of emotional and binge eating and the associated shame and guilt that perpetuates this negative behavior. Today, we continue to pioneer treatment for women only, with our new Women's Center for Binge & Emotional Eating - the country's only clinical counseling program specializing in the treatment of BED exclusively for women. We help women move forward on the journey to healthy weight and well-being.
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