People with binge eating disorder are embarrassed and ashamed of their eating habits, and because of this they often try to hide their symptoms and eat in secret. While the majority of binge eaters are overweight or obese, there are some who are average weight.
Symptoms of Binge Eating Disorder
A person with binge-eating disorder may become an expert at hiding behavior making it hard for others to detect the problem. If you have a loved one you think may have symptoms of binge-eating disorder try to have an open and honest discussion about your concerns.
Behavioral symptoms of binge eating disorder may include:
- Inability to stop eating or control what you’re eating
- Rapidly consuming large amounts of food
- Eating even when you’re full
- Hiding or stockpiling food to eat later in secret
- Eating normally around others and then gorging when you’re alone
- Eating continuously throughout the day with no planned mealtimes
- After a binge, you may try to diet or eat normal meals. However, restricting your eating may lead to more binge eating. This can create a vicious cycle.
Emotional Symptoms of Binge Eating Disorder May Include:
- Feeling stress or tension that is only relieved by eating
- Embarrassment over how much you’re eating
- Feeling numb while bingeing—like you’re not there or you’re on auto-pilot
- Never feeling satisfied, no matter how much you eat
- Feeling guilty, disgusted, or depressed after overeating
- Desperation to control weight and eating habits
- Unlike a person with bulimia, after a binge, you don’t regularly compensate for extra calories eaten by vomiting, using laxatives or exercising excessively.
Our Binge Eating Disorder Program Can Help
Recovery from binge eating disorder is possible. Women and girls come to us after years of living in conflict with food. After breaking the cycle of the binge eating behaviors and learning new skills and tools, they can return to life with a new, healthy relationship with food.
For additional information about the treatment of eating disorders at The Meadows Ranch, please call to speak to an Intake Coordinator at 866-390-5100 or complete the form below and we will contact you with the information you need.