Binge eating is the most common eating disorder in the United States today. Binge eating develops as a coping mechanism, a way to soothe yourself when stressed or experiencing emotional turmoil. Comfort is derived from eating, so you find yourself overindulging in food. Frequent overeating can lead to a wide range of health problems, not to mention the guilt and shame one feels about their excessive eating. Here are some signs that may indicate you suffer from binge eating disorder.
Under normal circumstances, eating occurs when a person feels hungry and stops when they feel full. For a binge eater, these feelings are ancillary to the primary goal of eating – comfort. You will find yourself rapidly eating large amounts of food in a short period of time, continuing to consume long after you initially feel full and not stopping until you are physically uncomfortable and cannot continue. Often this excessive eating will occur in private, as you will feel embarrassed at your behavior and seek to conceal it from those around you. Despite your attempts to hide your eating, you will still feel a great deal of guilt and shame about the excessive nature of your binge eating. This perpetuates the cycle of overeating, as you feel compelled to soothe yourself to relieve the guilt and find comfort in food.
As a binge eater, you are all too aware that your behavior is abnormal and detrimental to your health and well-being. As you continue to gain weight, you will likely experience occasional periods where you feel inspired to end this overeating and get back into shape. You will attempt to diet and commit to an exercise regime, and may even see a period of success. Unfortunately, this success is rarely permanent, as the underlying mental disorder has not been addressed. Eventually, the binge eating will emerge again, and you will find yourself putting on the weight you worked so hard to take off. This is why it is necessary to treat the underlying mental disorder which causes this excessive eating.
Many Americans suffer from binge eating disorder today. This unhealthy behavior stems from an inability to cope with stress or emotional pain in a healthy manner. Once eating is established as a coping mechanism, it can be a very difficult habit to rid yourself of. This is why you should seek professional help if you find yourself struggling with binge eating disorder.
At Evolutions Treatment Center, our experienced professionals are equipped to deal with this mental disorder properly, using a variety of proven therapeutic techniques to replace this unhealthy coping mechanisms with healthy ones. If you think you may be suffering from binge eating disorder, call our Admissions Counselors at 833-818-3031 today and let us help you end the vicious cycle of binge eating in your life.