Binge Eating Disorder

The binge eating disorder is also sometimes known as emotional eating disorder or compulsive eating disorder. For instance, when you are depressed, sad, unhappy, lonely, or bored, you may seek comfort in food and start binging. Even if you aren’t hungry, you will eat foods that comfort you such as sweets, crisps, cheesy or fried foods to the point of severe discomfort. Out of anger or guilt, you may attempt to diet, but this in turn leads to more binging because you are now used to it. When suffering from this condition, people tend to eat at a faster pace than normal. This is the exact opposite of anorexia, where sufferers try to starve themselves until they lose weight.

Symptoms of binge eating disorder include:

  • Eating an extremely large amount of food within a 2-hour period (a binge) at least 2 times a week on average for at least 6 months
  • Feeling unable to control how much you eat during a binge
  • Feeling very unhappy about eating too much
  • If you have binge eating disorder, you also have three (or more) of the following symptoms:
  • Eating more quickly than normal
  • Eating until you are painfully full
  • Eating when you are not hungry to reduce stress or to comfort yourself
  • Eating alone because you are embarrassed about how much food you eat
  • Feeling upset, guilty, or depressed after eating a lot of food

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