With binge-eating disorder a person loses control over his or her eating. Binge eating means eating a large amount of food in a short period of time. Most of us may overeat during a special occasion, like a holiday. But people who have this disorder binge eat on a regular basis and feel a lack of control over their eating. As a result, people with binge-eating disorder often are over-weight or obese. People with binge eating disorder are usually very upset by their binge eating and may experience stress, trouble sleeping, and depression. Most people who binge eat feel ashamed and try to hide their problem. People with binge-eating disorder who are obese are at higher risk for developing cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure. They also experience guilt, shame, and distress about their binge-eating, which can lead to more binge-eating.
How does one know s/he has Binge-Eating Disorder?
Most of us overeat from time to time, and some of us often feel we have eaten more than we should have. Eating a lot of food does not necessarily mean that you have binge eating disorder.
People who have binge eating disorder –
- Eat a large amount of food in a short period of time (for example, within 2 hours).
- Feel a lack of control over their eating. For example, they may feel that they cannot stop eating or control what or how much they are eating.
People who have binge eating disorder may also
- Eat much more quickly than usual.
- Eat until uncomfortably full.
- Eat large amounts of food even when not really hungry.
- Eat alone.
Feel disgusted, depressed, or guilty after overeating