Binge Eating: Signs and Symptoms
Did you know that binge eating can be a serious medical condition that carries a formal diagnosis? And did you know that Binge Eating Disorder (BED) affects approximately 2.8 million adults in the US alone? So what are the signs and symptoms? Here’s what to look for:
Consuming a large quantity of food (more than what most adults would eat under similar circumstances) in a discreet period of time (like 2 hours) and feeling a sense of urgency or lack of control while doing so.
Binge eating, on average, at least once a week for 3 months.
- Experiencing some of the following in conjunction with the bingeing:
- Eating really fast
- Eating beyond full
- Eating when not really hungry
- Eating in secret
- Feeling disgusted or embarrassed afterwards
As you can see, simply over-eating at a dinner party, during a holiday event or when enjoying your favorite food does not necessarily mean you have BED. Often people with BED believe they lack willpower; BED has NOTHING to do with willpower. Many people with BED have suffered for many years without realizing that this is actually a very real medical problem with specific treatments that can help. In a future post I’ll detail some of these treatments.