Binge eating disorder is an illness where peopleovereat on a regular basis.
A binge is an episode of excessive eating or drinking. People who binge eat very large quantities of food over a short period of time, even when they're not hungry.
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Signs of binge eating disorder include:
People who regularly eat this way are likely to have a binge eating disorder.
Binges are often planned in advance and the person may buy "special" binge foods.
Sometimes, a person will describe being in a "dazed state" during a binge particularly binges at night and not being able to remember what they ate.
The person often feels they have no control over their eating.
If you occasionally binge eat, it doesn't necessarily mean you have a binge eating disorder.
But see your GP if you binge regularly, particularly if it's affecting your physical and/or mental health. With the right treatment and support,most people get better.
Beatis a UK-based charity that provides help and support for people with eating disorders. You can contact themeither by phone or email:
Thehelplines are openMonday to Wednesday, 1pm to 4pm and Thursday and Friday, 10am to 1pm.
You can also find out more about Beat's support services.
The main treatments for binge eating are:
Factors that may increase your risk of binge eating include:
Binge eating can sometimes develop following a strict diet, particularly if you skipped meals, cut out certain foods and didn't eat enough food. These are unhealthy ways tolose weight and may mean you're more likely to binge at another time.
Anyone can be affected by binge eating disorder, although it'sslightly more common in women than men.
Binge eating disorder tends to first develop during early adulthood, but many people don't seek help until they're in their 30s or 40s.
It's estimated that you have a1 in 30 to1 in 50 chance of developing binge eating disorder at some point in life.
Binge eating is often associated with serious psychological problems, including depression and anxietywhich may get worse if you continue to binge eat.
Weight gain is a common physical effect of binge eating, which can lead to obesity. Being obese puts you at risk of getting a number of serious physical health problems, including:
Read about binge eating disorder an eating disorder where a person feels compelled to overeat on a regular basis.
Read about the different treatments for binge eating disorder, including self-help programmes, psychological therapy and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).