Binge eating is an eating disorder that most people don’t realize they have. Just like an overeating addiction, it can be done subconsciously. Binge eating disorder is characterized by regular episodes of extreme overeating and feelings of loss of control about eating. It is believed to be one of the most common eating disorders in the United States.
Binge eating typically starts during your childhood but can reach early adulthood. Sometimes it will develop later in life, but this is not as common and usually follows a tragedy.
Symptoms of this disorder are similar to bulimia and overeating. For instance, you may typically eat very large amounts of food in a short amount of time. You may notice the overwhelming feeling that you can not control your urge to binge eat.
Common symptoms of binge eating disorder
Eating large amounts of food rapidly
The uncontrollable need to eat
Continuing to eat until uncomfortably full
Eating when not hungry
Eating large amounts of food
Eating when depressed, ashamed, or sad
Eating when you feel guilty
Being overweight or obese
If you struggle with a binge eating disorder, the risk of medical complications can increase. Binge eating can lead to heart disease, stroke, and type two diabetes. If you answered yes to some of the following symptoms, please see your doctor go over this or contact the National Eating Disorder Organization.
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