Binge eating is a serious eating disorder in which the person frequently consumes large amounts of food on almost every occasion. Binge eating is a specific eating pattern, and it is often known as a compulsive overeating disorder. There are lots of people who have binge eating habits, and they consume large amounts of food without noticing it. The people suffering from binge eating disorder often try to hide their condition from others because they feel ashamed of suffering from this disorder. They gain an excessive amount of weight just because of their overeating.
According to research conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health, almost 60% of women suffer from binge-eating disorder. It refers to uncontrollable excessive eating, and these people often suffer from obesity and have to join different weight control programs.
The key features of binge eating disorder are:
- Recurrent episodes of out of control binge eating
- Extremely distressed or upset feelings during binging
- It is different from bulimia because no regular attempts control binges via nausea, fasting, or over-exercising
People suffering from a binge disorder may struggle with the feeling of depression and guilt. They often worry about their compulsive eating habit because of the lack of self-control. They frantically look to get rid of this habit, but they can’t do this for several reasons.
The Binge Eating Cycle
Binge eating can soothe you for a brief moment, but in reality, the person feels regretful and self-repugnant. The disorder may lead to various health problems, including weight gain and obesity. The binge eaters often become less cognizant about their look because of their love for food. It is a vicious cycle, such as eating to feel better, and the feeling may lead you to a worse situation because you feel bad for eating too much. The eater may again turn back to the relief and good feelings for food.
Symptoms of Binge Disorder
People with binge eating disorder may feel ashamed for their bad eating behavior; therefore, they often try to conceal their symptoms and try to find secret corners to eat. There are lots of binge eaters who are suffering from obesity problems, but some may have normal weight. There can be various behavioral and emotional signs and symptoms of binge eating disorder, such as:
- The person usually eats a large amount of food.
- They may be tempted to eat more even without any hunger
- Rapid eating during binge episodes
- Eating to reduce discomfort
- Frequent eating without any companion
- Out of control eating behavior
- Depressed, disgusted, ashamed, guilty, and upset feelings about eating
- Depression and anxiety in case of food craving
- Isolated feeling and facing lots of difficulties about craving
- Frequent dieting without any weight loss
- Frequent weight loss and gain with so-called yo-yo dieting
During a binge disorder, the patient may try to eat normal meals, but restricted eating may lead you to binge eating and trap you in the vicious cycle of binge eating.
Symptoms of Behavior Bine Eating and Compulsive Overeating
- No control on your eating habits
- Rapid eating and hiding food to eat later in a secret place
- Behaving normally around others, but eating like crazy in loneliness
- Continuous eating throughout the day without any mealtime
Emotional Symptoms of Binge and Compulsive Overeating
- Stress or tension that is only relieved by eating
- Feeling embarrassed on too much eating
- Desperation to control and reduce weight by having control on eating habits
- Numb feelings while binging because you have no auto-pilot function
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