Binge Eating Disorder
Binge eating disorder (BED) is characterized by recurrent episodes of eating large quantities of food (often very quickly and to the point of discomfort) and a feeling of a loss of control during the binge.
Characteristics of Binge Eating Disorder
reoccurring episodes of binge eating
eating faster than normal
eating until uncomfortably full
eating large amounts of food when not physically hungry
eating alone due to embarrassment
feeling disgusted, depressed and/or guilty after eating
The Reality of Binge Eating Disorder
You are plagued with hunger beyond the size of your stomach. You feel insatiable and completely out of control around food.... the hunger doesn't seem to originate from your stomach. One bite of anything from the "naughty list" leads you down a rabbit hole of the entire box. You eat well past full and sometimes you even feel sick. Yet, you keep eating.
Maybe you secretly stop at the drive through and order more than is fit for human consumption in an attempt to drown your sorrows. Or you hide food, just in case. Maybe you wait for your family to go to bed at night so you can scavenge the pantry. Food feels like total freedom and failure all in the same bite. The guilt and shame after eating are immeasurable yet somehow not enough to make you stop.
Binge Eating Disorder is the most common eating disorder in the US. You're not alone.