WHAT IS BINGE EATING DISORDER?

 

Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is a serious mental illness where people experience a loss of control and eat large quantities of food on a regular basis. It can affect anyone of any age, gender, or background.

Someone with BED is unable to stop eating, even if they feel so full it hurts. They are often out of control and in a zoned out state where they can eat food in a very short space of time and then need more immediately.

Having BED means you are unable to think of anything other than food, until the binge is over when you feel guilt and shame.

You often feel very alone if you binge eat as you are ashamed of your secretive eating and don’t want anyone to find out. But this turns into a vicious cycle as you need to be alone to be able to successfully binge.

Binge eaters occasionally purge in the form of self-induced vomiting or laxative abuse or punish themselves with excessive exercise. They also practise restrictive eating to punish themselves but this inevitably ends in binge eating.

Those who binge eat tend to feel abnormal and cannot understand why they cannot just eat ‘normally’.

It is likely that you are suffering with interchangeable constipation, diarrhoea, flatulence and bloating on a regular basis.

It is likely that you will know where all the local shops, petrol stations and vending machines are and visit them on a regular basis.

A binge eater may plan a binge like a ritual or it may be a spontaneous act. There is no hunger pattern to disordered eating.

You may struggle with public social occasions where food is a big focus such as weddings or parties.

Food will come above everything in your life, sometimes above your children.

You may have started with different disordered eating such as Anorexia Nervosa or Bulimia Nervosa and are now facing binge eating. Or you may have simply spent a life time dieting.

What Binge Eating Disorder is not

  • having an extra slice of cake whilst celebrating.

  • picking at the leftovers at the end of a dinner party.

  • eating a whole pizza when you were only going to have a couple of slices.

  • having a second helping, or even a third.

  • eating a bit more because it’s Christmas

Get in touch

If you’d like to talk to me about whether or not you suffer from BED and how I may be able to help, please book in a free call. All calls are completely confidential and you will be in a safe and non-judgement zone.