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Binge Eating Self-Help Options – Books & Online Programs Vs Therapy

In binge eating by Yuliya Richard

If you’re considering binge eating self-help options, then you’re probably weighing up a few different ideas. Whether you’re looking for yourself or a loved one, there are several pathways available to you. What can hold some people back is deciding which way to go. Should you read some binge eating self-help books? Try an online program? Or should you talk to a professional about one-to-one therapy?

All options have their pros and cons which will appeal to some people more than others. So, to help shed some light on the similarities and differences we’ve put together this short article. In it, we compare binge eating self-help books and online programs with traditional therapy…

Binge Eating Self-Help Books

Binge eating self-help books can be a great introduction to the topic. They’re usually written by qualified therapists or people who have battled with impulsive overeating themselves. These give you two varied but equally interesting perspectives on how to overcome binging. Therapists will usually discuss it from a scientific point of view with lots of facts and figures that are backed up by research studies. Whereas personal accounts will often be much more subjective or emotional since they’re described from the point of view of an individual.

The pros of binge eating self-help books are that they’re easy to access. For less than $10 you can order a book from Amazon and be reading it within a few days. Some contain invaluable material that you may find helpful on your journey. However, reading a book is a fairly passive activity so doesn’t always motivate action. It may inspire you to begin with, but there’s no accountability that ensures follow-through. This is something that both online programs and one-to-one therapy can support you with.

The other issue is that unless you’re reading a digital version on your iPad or Kindle, you probably won’t take the book out in public. Many people see binge eating as a deeply personal thing and don’t want others to know anything about it. So, it’s unlikely that these books will be utilised on your commute which may prove less convenient for some people.

Binge Eating Self-Help Programs

Binge eating self-help programs are an increasingly popular way to address impulsive overeating. They usually consist of video lessons, practical activities, and online support. Self-help programs will guide you through the process of regaining control over your behaviour. They allow you to work at your own pace and provide help along the way.

Unlike books, online programs are much more interactive. They usually require participants to complete activities that help put the learning into practice. Instead of passively absorbing the information, you’re asked to apply it to your own situation. This means that binge eating self-help programs may produce better long-term results than reading books. Because you can consume the content at your own convenience, you may also be more likely to complete it.

Binge eating self-help programs provide a good middle-ground between books and therapy. They incorporate tried and tested treatments like cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness, without the expensive price tag of one-to-one therapy. A single hour with a therapist can cost upwards of $200 and treatment usually involves a course of multiple sessions. However online options like our Beat the Binge Online Program start from $197 for the entire course.

It goes without saying that books and online programs should not be considered a substitute for professional treatment. But if you’re interested in exploring these options then we hope this article has given you a better idea of the pros and cons of each. If you’re unsure about the best approach to pursue then feel free to get in touch and ask us a question.