Do you have difficulty in restraining yourself from eating too much? This doesn’t mean the occasional overeating, for instance, eating an extra slice of pizza or ice cream because it’s the weekend. Binge eating (BED) is a disorder which involves eating large portions of food consistently for long periods and feeling regret and guilt afterwards.
Overeating vs Binge Eating Disorder
BED is a medical condition in which a person loses his sense of control over eating and consumes a large quantity of food feeling shameful afterwards. While overeating is consuming more than your usual portion size.
The cause of compulsive overeating is unknown, but it is associated with psychological conditions like depression and anxiety.
Diving a little deeper
People who overeat chronically, consume too much food quickly or continue to eat even when they’re no longer hungry are binge eaters. People have a food binging episode now and then but compulsive over eaters have at least two binging episodes a week over six months.
Do you have any symptoms?
Ask yourself the below-mentioned questions if you think you have this condition:
- Do you eat large amounts of eatables in a short amount of time and feel guilty afterwards and experience this more than once a week?
- Do you feel a sense of loss in control over your eating habits?
- Do you regret after overeating often?
- Do you find yourself eating even when you’re not hungry?
- Are you embarrassed by your portion size and often eat alone?
These are the most common red flags when it comes to Binge eating disorder. If you answered yes to more than one questions, then you need to get in touch with your health professional to get an evaluation.
A few prevention
If you already know that you have this disorder, then here are a few useful tips. It is essential to understand that it is not always preventable, but if you begin in your childhood, there are more chances of success.
- Avoid going on restrictive diets:
- Dieting almost always leaves behind feelings of deprivation which can result in binge eating.
- Check your body image:
- If you have a negative body image, it might be best to get the help of a nutritionist, psychologist or a dietitian.
- Avoid eating out of comfort:
- Instead of eating away your feelings when you feel low or depressed, discuss your feelings with a professional.