Warning Signs of Binge Eating Disorder

Binge eating disorder (BED) is an illness that requires the same level of attention and professional treatment as other eating disorders like anorexia or bulimia. BED has been linked to a host of other health issues and can significantly impact the quality of life of those affected. It is also common for BED to co-occur with mood and anxiety disorders.

BED is characterized by episodes of binge eating wherein an individual consumes unusually large quantities of food over a short period of time, even when they are not hungry. This may be followed by feelings of shame or guilt around eating and a lack of control. This can lead to a variety of complications such as low self-esteem, depression and other psychological issues. BED can also increase the risk of heart disease, sleep disorders and gastrointestinal problems.

People who have a history of BED often have other co-occurring conditions such as mood and anxiety disorders, substance use disorders or impulse control disorders like trichotillomania. This combination of disorders fuels the cycle of BED and can make recovery difficult.

Many of the warning signs of BED are similar to those of other eating disorders and are often overlooked due to the shame and secrecy surrounding these episodes. Some of the most common warning signs of BED include:

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BED is a complex condition that affects the whole body, but it can be treated with proven therapies like CBT and IPT. Throughout treatment, Equip’s team of experts will guide you in unlearning the diet beliefs that are fueling your BED and embracing an “all foods fit” approach. This will support you in breaking the binge-restrict cycle and establishing long-term recovery.