What is binge eating?
Binge eating is one of the newer eating disorders. Simply said, binge eating is eating large amounts of food frequently with a loss of control over your eating. Now, of course just because you eat a lot doesn’t mean you have binge eating disorder. There are lots of different emotional and behavioral factors involved.
Binge eating in America
Binge eating is one of the most prevalent eating disorders in America as of 2007, if not the most prevalent even over the more well known disorders such as anorexia and bulimia. It effects up to 3.5% of American women and 2% of men.
Top 10 Signs of Binge Eating
1. Frequently eating large amounts of food
2. Recurring feelings of a loss of control of what or how much you are eating
3. Eating faster than usual
4. Eating beyond when you are comfortably full
5. Constant feeling that your eating is out of control
6. Dieting attempts often with no weight loss
7. Eating alone most of the time
8. Negative feelings due of the amount of food you eat
9. Feelings of disgust, guilt, or anxiety after eating
10. Depression around the time the binging may have started
What causes binge eating?
While there is no specific reason that you can pinpoint to binge eating, a lot of binge eating is influenced because a person feels that they are losing control over parts of their life and somehow eating however much they choose brings some sort of satisfaction. Other influences on binge eating are depression, anxiety, anger, and other similar negative emotions. Studies also show that people who try very strict diets often experience binge eating right before or after they begin their diet.
Ways to help stop binge eating
Getting professional help is always a good idea for binge eating, but there are ways of starting the healing process at home. You can eat 3-5 regular-sized healthy meals a day. This is better for your body and will help your metabolism stabilize and reduce your need to continuously eat. The simplest, yet probably the hardest tip would be to just stop eating when you are full!
If you or a loved one is suffering from an eating disorder, contact a qualified treatment center for the treatment you deserve today!