Binge eating is a life threatening disorder that involves eating large food quantities. The patient eats the food very quickly to a b point of being uncomfortable. There is als a feeling of shame and lack of control during binge eating. This is the most common disorder in Unted States. The condition often starts in early twenties although it can be found on the very young and also the very old.
Compulsive eating causes and symptoms
There are three main factors that contribute to compulsive eating disorder: social, psychological, or biological. People suffering from depression are more susceptible to binge eating disorder. The signs and symptoms include:
You hide food in your desk at work or under your bed so you can eat in secret
Irregular eating patterns
You eat food throughout the day without setting a proper meal plan
Eating in seclusion
You eat food when there is no one around to question your habit or even wake up secretly during the night
Feeling depressed after eating
You start feeling overcome by emotions after you finish eating
Constant weight control
Feeling desperate to control your weight and that the slightest deviation would be catastrophic
Eating when you are already full
You continue eating despite the fact that you are full and feel you can’t eat any more
Feeling dread while bingeing
But despite it you continue eating, even though you know it doesn’t really help
Trigger eatingSpecific triggers and situations drive you to eat despite not being hungry
Binge eating treatment
Overcoming any disorder is daunting but not insurmountable. Deciding to get help is the first step towards recovery. You can overcome the disorder by first visiting a professional.
1. Visit your doctor
Chances are your doctor is already treating other patients with a similar disorder, and if they are not, they can refer you to another specialist. Your doctor may prescribe medication. This includes stimulants, anti-seizure, and antidepressants. If you suffer from severe depression and suicidal thoughts from your binge eating behavior, your doctor may recommend inpatient care.
2. Start a healthier relationship with food
Food is essential for survival but gorging large amounts won’t do you any good. Start a food journal where you can easily track what you eat. Avoid fatty food. Avoid eating while you are watching TV or in bed. Pick healthy and wholesome food when you are grocery shopping.
3. Find better ways to fight negative emotions
Depression and stress are the leading causes of this eating disturbance. Identify the primary causes of these emotions and deal with them. You can manage stress through meditation, exercising, listening to music, or even watching funny clips online. An addiction therapist should help you deal with the root cause.
You can start overcoming a compulsive overeating disorder through the simple steps above. If you feel this is not enough to help you, what we recommend is for you to join an Eating Disorders Anonymous group for the necessary support.