Clinical psychologist develops easier way to help Australians take control and 'Beat the Binge'

SYDNEY, Sept. 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Experts are now thinking outside the box to help Australians overcome medical and psychological problems associated with the growing epidemic of obesity and eating disorders in this country.

As a nation, it is important that we 'Beat the Binge', with almost 2 in every 3 Australian adults overweight or obese[1].

A ground-breaking online program to help the growing number of Australians struggling to take control and 'Beat the Binge' is just one of the topics of discussion at the annual National Eating Disorders and Obesity Conference in Tweed HeadsĀ from 27-28 September 2018.

We know the growing epidemic has serious long-term medical consequences such as potential heart problems, diabetes and cardiovascular conditions.

But for those who are not comfortable with the few extra kilos they carry around, impulsive eating also carries with it the potential for mental anguish.

Rather than confront the impulsive behaviour behind eating habits, many people spend money on weight loss aids, supplements, diets or boot camps. Then when they quit these programs it reinforces a circular belief system that they are weak and can't control themselves. This may then impact on their self-esteem and continue the cycle of poor impulse control with food to avoid this discomfort and frustration.

Clinical Psychologist, Dr Yuliya Richard, speaking at the conference, advocates for self-compassion and kindness by avoiding this mentally distressing cycle, and confronting the real problem to 'Beat the Binge' -- Impulsivity.

"In order to control our eating behaviours, it is possible that we need to address the important underlying factor of impulsivity," Dr Richard said.

"The reality is that unless you change the way you manage the impulsive decision making around food, improve your emotional management and create healthy and sustainable habits, none of these alternatives will work as well."

Organized by The Impulsivity Project, the 'Beat the Binge' online courseĀ is designed to help people regain control of their urges using proven techniques like mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy. It enables people to take practical steps towards managing their behaviour from the convenience of their own home. It also makes help more accessible, for less than the cost of one hour with a psychologist, people get lifetime access to the entire program materials.

[1] 2014-15, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), Overweight and Obesity,