Binge-eating is the term used to describe the inability to stop eating. Large amounts of food are often involved as well. It is normal to overeat on certain occasions such as Thanksgiving, but some people excessively overeat to the point it is out of their control. If excessive overeating occurs on a regular basis, you may have what is considered binge-eating disorder. It can be such a battle with yourself to discontinue binge-eating, the obsession and compulsion with eating can become irresistible. The good news is treatment can help!
People with binge-eating disorders are typically overweight, but it is also possible to maintain an average weight. Binge-eating can greatly affect your emotions as well as how you behave. You may feel like your eating behaviors are out of control and difficult to manage. Binge-eating happens even if you are full or not hungry. Rapidly eating large amounts of food in small amounts of time is also a symptom of binge-eating. You can even begin to feel down on yourself. Your mood can change quickly, and you may experience depression, shame, guilt, and other negative emotions when it comes to your binge-eating. If you find yourself hiding your food intake and eating without anyone around most of the time, binge-eating could be a cause. Failing diets that result in no weight loss can go hand in hand with binge-eating disorder.
If you are experiencing symptoms of binge-eating disorder, it is important to get the proper diagnosis from a doctor or clinician. Seeking medical help can greatly increase your chance of overcoming binge-eating disorder. If binge-eating is left untreated, it not only causes health problems, but can lead to serious complications. Binge-eating disorders can even last for years if not properly managed. If you are experiencing symptoms of binge-eating, reach out to Neuro-Behavioral Clinical Research, we are here to help.