Most people eat larger meals from time to time, especially during the holidays. On the other hand, those who frequently find themselves overeating accompanied by feelings of shame, depression, or guilt afterwards could be suffering from compulsive eating problems.
Eating disorders expert EDCare said there are signs and symptoms of binge eating disorder, as well as ways to break from its cycle.
Defining Binge Eating Disorder
This condition often surfaces at late teenage years or early adulthood and in some instances after a major diet. People with this disorder are repeatedly overwhelmed with feelings of extreme distress and helplessness during or after meals.
When you binge, your mind forces you to eat when you are not hungry, and this lasts even after you are full. Sometimes the taste of food barely registers, but you still feel powerless to stop yourself. It is important to be aware of its symptoms, so you can start taking steps in recovering.
- Dissatisfaction no matter how much food you intake
- Feelings of humiliation for how much you’re eating
- Depression, disgust, or guilt after a binge
- Desperation to take control of eating habits and weight
- The only way to relieve your tension or stress is to eat
- Unable to stop eating despite feeling full
- Rapid intake of large amounts of food
- Inability to plan meals resulting in continuous eating throughout the day
- Being able to eat normally in front of others, but overindulging when you are alone
What You Can Do
Food is still necessary for your survival, so there is no need to replace or avoid it. Instead, try developing a healthier relationship with it and only take what is needed to nitrify your body. Clear your cupboards and fridge of your favorite binge foods. Create a meal plan and do not miss a schedule.
When you are bored, distract yourself by talking with a friend or calling helplines instead of snacking.
The road to recovery can be challenging, but with enough knowledge and support, you will be able to overcome your struggles. Remember to keep an open mind and be confident on your journey to a healthier life.