Binge eaters overeat regularly, although they do not purge. Taking seconds at dinner, or plowing through a bag of cookies once in a while, is probably not a symptom of binge eating. Binge eating is a recurring, compulsive behavior that’s often associated with feelings of guilt or depression. Binge eaters may be ashamed by their gorging, but can’t find a way to stop. Binge eaters may or may not show obvious physical signs of a disorder; they may be overweight, but they might also be normal weight.
Because they aren’t starving themselves or throwing up, people who binge eat may not feel like they need treatment. But depression or anxiety disorders are often part of the problem. Treatment can help you get your life back and find a healthier way of living. Getting help has worked for so many people and it can work for you.
Symptoms of Binge-Eating Disorder:
- Repeatedly eating larger than normal amounts of food in a short period of time and feeling unable to control this behavior
- Eating even when full
- Eating rapidly during binge episodes
- Frequent dieting without weight loss
- Frequently eating alone
- Hoarding food
- Hiding empty food containers
- Feeling depressed, disgusted, or upset about eating