Help for Binge Eating

Help for binge eatingBinge eating disorder is characterized by frequently consuming unusually large amounts of food on a regular basis; it is often done secretly and kept hidden from others. The biggest concern associated with eating disorders is that they have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. While part of the reason for this alarming statistic is the physical effects—such as heart disease and kidney malfunction—the other part is that those who suffer with eating disorders have a higher suicide rate than the general population.

Symptoms of Binge Eating

This disorder is characterized by the following symptoms:

  • Eating large amounts of food, even when you are full
  • Eating rapidly during binge episodes
  • Feeling that your eating behavior is out of control
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Frequent dieting, possibly without weight loss
  • Frequently eating alone
  • Feeling disgusted or upset about your eating

Many people believe that a person who has a binge eating disorder will be overweight, but that is not always the case. In fact, one of the concerns about binge eating is that the person may attempt to have a very restrictive diet after a binge, which causes your body to manage weight even with these fluctuations. According to the Mayo Clinic women are more likely than men to develop this disorder and do so usually in their late teens or early 20s.

Risks Associated with Binge Eating

There are mental and physical health risks associated with binge eating. These include the following:

  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Insomnia
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Gallbladder disease and other digestive problems
  • Heart disease
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache

Get Help for Binge Eating

Binge eating is not something that you can simply stop doing without assistance. Call our toll-free helpline and talk with us. We have experience helping people overcome eating disorders, and we can help you learn about the most appropriate eating disorder treatment for you. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions about eating disorders or treatment programs. We are here to help.