Binge eating disorder is a type of eating disorder. Eating disorders refer to a group of illnesses where someone has a distorted view of body shape and weight and they have extreme disturbances in their eating behaviour.
Binge eating disorder involves eating very large amounts of food in a short period of time and feeling a sense of loss of control while eating. It often happens at times of stress, anger, boredom or distress and at these times is used as a way of coping with challenging emotions.
Most people overeat every now and then and it is not uncommon to occasionally feel as though you’ve eaten more than you needed to feel full. This is not binge eating disorder. However, if you’re eating large amounts of food and often feel out of control when you are eating, you might be suffering from binge eating disorder.
Some of the characteristics of binge eating include:
A number of factors can put you at risk of developing binge eating, and these factors canoften affect one another. These include:
Dieting is also a common risk factor for all eating disorders. Many people with binge-eating disorder have a history of dieting. Dieting may trigger an urge to binge eat, especially if you have low self-esteem or are feeling depressed.
What to do if this sounds like you
Even if you’re not sure if you have a diagnosable eating disorder, it’s important that you talk to someone about it if you’re worried. Your concerns should be taken seriously, regardless of what you weigh or of how much or how little you eat.
Recovering from binge eating disorder is possible, even after years of illness, and the sooner you get help, the sooner you will start to feel a bit better.