Most people who suffer from binge eating, tend to do so in secret. It is common for people with Binge Eating Disorder to be overweight and obese. Binge Eating Disorder is less common but more severe than overeating disorders. It is connected with more distress regarding the eating behaviour.
If you think you have Binge Eating Disorder you might be doing some of the following:
- Eating an amount of food that is definitely larger than most people would eat during a similar period of time and under similar circumstances (usually within 2 hours).
- You feel like you have no control over your eating (e.g. a feeling that you can’t stop eating, or control what or how much you are eating).
- The binge eating episodes are associated with three or more of the following:
- Eating much more rapidly than normal.
- Eating until feeling uncomfortably full.
- Eating large amounts of food when not feeling physically hungry.
- Eating alone because of feeling embarrassed by how much you are eating.
- Feeling disgusted with yourself, depressed or very guilty afterwards.
- Feeling very distressed regarding the binge eating.
- You’ve binge eaten at least once a week for three months.
- You might struggle with depressed and/or anxious mood or irritability.
- You may attempt to overly restrict your food intake after a binge episode which can backfire and lead to increased hunger and lead to more binge eating.
- You have developed strict rules about what foods are “good” vs. ‘bad” to eat.
- You have become preoccupied with enforcing these rules as a means for distracting you from painful feelings, tension, and anxiety.
- You are preoccupied with food, eating, weight and body shape.
- You have low self esteem.
- You feel extremely anxious, distressed, sad and guilty during and post binge episodes.
- You are hypersensitive to comments related to weight, body shape, exercise or food.
- You avoid questions regarding weight, food and exercise.
- You might also engage in unpredictable behaviours such as shoplifting and/or spending significant amount of money on food.
- You may also Self harm, have had suicide attempts and/or substance abuse.
The most common medical complications are related to weight gain but there are many more
- Type 2 diabetes.
- High blood pressure.
- High cholesterol.
- Heart disease.
- Certain types of cancer.
- Joint and muscle pain.
- Gastrointestinal problems.
- Sleep Apnoea
Binge Eating Disorder can be treated in our Personalised Recovery Program to help you understand what is the emotional key to your recovery. Recent evidence suggests that the psychological aspects of binge eating need to be addressed before any nutritional or dietetic therapy is undertaken. The nutritional aspect of therapy is often left until there has been some major psychological change.
A combination of group psychotherapy and individual psychotherapy can help reduce the impact of the disorder in the long term for you. A high level of personal commitment is necessary for recovery and individual psychotherapy, would continue over some time, (1-3 years). Full psychological and physical recovery is the ultimate goal. Recovery is possible *. You can regain and maintain a healthy weight for life.
*results may vary from person to person and are not typical