How can you tell if you’re a binge eater and what to do if you are?

by Ellern Mede Eating Disorder Treatment

If you’re a binge eater, you already know that your relationship with food has spiralled out of control. You have a love/hate relationship with food that’s slowly destroying your health while zapping your ability to enjoy the foods you love.

But how do you know that you're really a binge eater and not just someone who eats a bit too much for their own good? Well, you may be a binge eater if you:

  • Eat lots of food whether you’re hungry or not
  • Eat and snack on food all-day
  • Eat large amounts of junk and fast food in one sitting
  • Eat until you’re stuffed or become sick
  • Eat because you feel bored, anxious, depressed or stressed
  • Feel a sense of powerlessness about your eating habits
  • Keep a secret stash of food around
  • Never seem to get enough food to feel satisfied

Still confused? Can you relate to Monica?

Monica considers herself normal in every other aspect of her life. She's got a good job, a great family and social life. Yet, she's always felt that she wasn't quite good enough. Ever since she was young, she has turned to food for comfort when she feels bored or stressed about something. This happens a lot. Monica always comes home and eats a normal dinner with her family. Late at night, she sneaks downstairs and gorges on her secret stash of cookies, doughnuts and chips. She hates that this contributes to her weight problem, but can't seem to stop.

Can you relate to Joey?

Joey loves to eat. In fact, he's never far from a place where he can pick up a quick snack. Even though he's of normal weight, he constantly feels pressure to meet the expectations of those around him. He's insecure about his place in the world and finds solace in downing large amounts of fast food burgers, fries and other goodies. He knows his cholesterol is sky high and that he's putting himself at risk for a future heart attack, but he can't keep himself from constantly turning to food for a sense of relief.

If the stories of Monica and Joey are similar to your own, you should seek out immediate binge eating disorder treatment. If left untreated, this type of eating can lead to some serious health problems. The good news is that those who get help for their binge eating have a high success rate of beating it for good.

When you visit an eating disorder therapist in London, they can show you how to change the way you relate to food through behavioural therapy strategies and techniques. Realize that food isn’t the cause of your problem; it's merely a symptom of something much deeper inside of yourself. Once you have a good understanding of how to cope with personal issues without the need to turn to food, you'll be able to enjoy the food you eat in a normal, healthy way.

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