Binge eating is classified as an eating disorder and involves eating large amounts of food frequently. Everyone has overeaten at least once in their life; it’s not abnormal or grounds for worry if you happen to eat too much on Halloween or at a large dinner party. However, eating large amounts of food on a regular basis is bad for your physical health and it generally means that something troubling is going on in your mind as well.
Symptoms of a Binge eating disorder include eating large amounts of food, eating all day long, avoiding meal times, frequently eating alone, eating even though you’re not hungry, feeling stressed and anxious about food, having weight issues, having guilt about eating, thinking about food constantly and feeling like you’re not in control.
Causes of binge eating
There is no single cause for Binge eating disorder. Most people end up becoming binge eaters because of emotional or mental factors. Even though the biggest symptom of binge eating is binge eating itself, the root of it usually comes down to bigger mental issues. There is no single obvious reason why someone binge eats on a regular basis, but there are several factors that might put you at risk for this disorder.
Risk factors for binge eating
- Psychological Issues
Many people who are binge eaters are overweight and they’re very self-conscious of it. When they eat a lot it could be because they constantly feel deprived and they want to act out in this way; however, they may eventually feel like they can’t control their eating anymore.
People with this disorder are often yoyo dieters. Symptoms of depression, a bad self-image and a history of dieting are the perfect cocktail for creating a binge eater.
Binge eating will often start in the teens or 20s when individuals may feel pressured by their peers and society. Body image seems to be most troublesome to deal with at this age as well.
When to see a medical professional about binge eating
If you have any of the above risk factors for an eating disorder and you are presenting some of the common symptoms, you should seek medical help immediately. It’s virtually impossible for someone to get rid of this disorder on their own. If it goes untreated, it’s possible that the disorder could get worse.
The best person to talk to about this disorder is a mental health professional or an addiction specialist. Many people with Binge eating disorder are embarrassed to talk to someone because they feel guilty about eating so much. If this is the case, talk to someone who you trust about the problem first and ask them to put you in touch with a caring, knowledgeable and compassionate therapist or counselor. Often, it takes a teacher, loved one, friend or faith leader to help you take those first difficult steps toward recovery from this Binge eating disorder.
Helping someone you love who has binge eating symptoms
If you know someone who could be struggling with this disorder, make sure you know for sure before approaching them. Often, people who binge eats are great at hiding it. Check for the symptoms and if you think it’s a serious possibility, approach your loved one with care. Let them know that you can help them find a solution and you’ll be there to support them through treatments. Be kind and compassionate.
Addiction treatment facilities may be able to help you or your loved one who is suffering from Binge eating disorder. These facilities have wonderful resources on nutrition, fitness and body image and they always have trained therapists on staff. If you have any concerns about you or a loved one having Binge eating disorder, make an appointment with a knowledgeable staff at our rehab hotline today.