An Integrative Group Treatment Model for Women with Binge Eating Disorder: Mind, Body and Self in Connectionedit
Binge eating disorder (BED) is the most prevalent eating disorder reported among women, and its recent diagnostic recognition in the DSM-5 (APA 2013) calls for further discussion on effective treatment. Women with BED commonly report a diet/binge cycle that can exacerbate a disconnection between mind and body and reinforce feelings of shame and isolation. This article presents an integrative group treatment model for women with BED that has shown positive outcomes in clinical practice. The group model addresses key biopsychosocial factors associated with BED and incorporates mindfulness principles tailored to problems of the disorder. A core foundation of the group model is the relational context that fosters connections between women members and promotes self-efficacy. The discussion includes etiology of BED and current empirical support for integrating mindfulness skills in treatment for binge eating problems, as well as the author’s clinical experience in formulating a short-term group model. The eight-session semi-structured group format integrates evidence-based treatments in resonance with treatment-based evidence that reflects the distinct clinical needs of women with BED. Clinical vignettes illustrate how the group model can provide an anchoring therapeutic support to women with BED for linking experiences of mind, body, and self.