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Structure House Launches the Bridge Program for Treatment of Binge/Emotional Eating and Obesity


March 29, 2011 - Durham, NC

Structure House®, a premier weight management treatment center specializing in behavioral and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), recently launched a new treatment program for adults who struggle with the dual problems of Obesity and Binge Eating Disorder (BED) or emotional eating. Named the Bridge Program, this four-week treatment plan integrates many of the weight management classes and sessions traditionally offered at Structure House with several new workshops and sessions, created specifically to address binges and emotional overeating.

"True recovery from binge eating requires much more than weight loss and we recognize the need for specialized behavioral and psychological treatment especially in those patients who suffer from these issues," said Jen Pells, Ph.D., psychologist and program facilitator at Structure House. "The Bridge Program caters to the needs of these individuals, but also allows them to experience the full Structure House treatment program. It is a way for us to provide more comprehensive and long-lasting care at an individual level."

Binge eating and emotional overeating are common contributors to weight gain and it can be very challenging to maintain a healthy weight when these issues are present. Binge eating occurs when an individual consumes a large amount of food and has a sense of loss of control during these eating episodes. Emotional overeating is when eating occurs frequently in response to emotional states.

Some psychological treatments are effective in helping to decrease binge eating and emotional overeating, but do not produce desired weight loss. Other methods can produce weight loss, but do not adequately target the binge/emotional eating, and weight is regained.

Named "America's Healthiest Diet" by Health magazine, Structure House has combined the principles of nutrition, psychology and exercise to alter behavior and ultimately improve quality of life. This newest addition caters to those who need specialized skills learning and practice without sacrificing the unique Structure House experience. Classes and seminars offered in the Bridge Program include topics such as healthy menu planning, portion control, facing food fears, learning how to tolerate stress without food, designing food plans to reduce binge eating, self-esteem, body image, emotion and stress management, mindfulness and interpersonal effectiveness.

About Structure House
Structure House®, an internationally recognized residential weight management treatment facility in Durham, N.C., offers a unique, behavioral approach to weight loss and healthy lifestyle change. The program, recognized by Health magazine as "America's Healthiest Diet," integrates principles of nutrition and exercise with psychology in a treatment approach designed to transform the eating habits and lifestyles of overweight individuals. Structure House also offers a specialized Diabetes Program, pre- and post-surgery support, intensive weekend retreats and an online program for weight loss.

Since 1977, Structure House has helped more than 30,000 people from all 50 states and 35 nations battling Obesity. The name Structure House underscores the critical role structure plays in achieving long-term weight loss. Structure House is a proud member of CRC Health Group, the nation's leading provider of behavioral health and addiction treatment services.

Gerard J. Musante, Ph.D., one of the nation's leading experts on Obesity and weight loss, is the founder of Structure House. A renowned clinical psychologist, Dr. Musante was the first person to adapt the principles of behavior modification to the eating habits of significantly overweight people and food abusers. Dr. Musante is the author of The Structure House Weight Loss Plan. For more information, visit www.structurehouse.com.

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