A person with binge eating disorder loses control over their eating. They may eat large amounts or portions of foods in a very short period. The individual may even eat large amounts of food even if they are not hungry, or even after they are uncomfortably full. This then causes them to feel embarrassed, disgusted, depressed, or guilty about their eating behaviors.
A person with binge eating disorder, after an episode of binge eating, does not try to purge themselves after eating. Unlike individuals who suffer from anorexia or bulimia, they also do not try to exercise excessively either. A person who has binge eating disorder may be of normal weight, overweight, or even obese.
There are treatments for this. If you have experienced these symptoms do not be afraid to seek help. Medications and therapy can be very effective tools to help you change your mindset and lifestyle. Nutritional counseling is often involved as well to help regain insight and drive you towards a healthy goal. Early recognition and treatment leads to a better outcome, so reach out as soon as you notice symptoms in yourself or someone else. Let us help you!!
By: Amanda Moret, PMHNP, FNP