Binge Eating Disorder is a serious mental illness where the individual frequently experiences a lack of control and rapidly consume a large amount of food without the ability to stop eating. Individuals with BED may not display physical signs and symptoms of the disorder. However, understanding the emotional and behavioral characteristics can lead to early diagnosis and treatment of binge eating disorder.

binge-eating-disorder-symptomsEmotional and behavioral characteristics of binge eating disorder include:

  • Eating abnormally large amounts of food
  • Urges to eat while ignoring body cues (you’re not hungry or you’re full)
  • Eating alone and/or in secret
  • Hiding/hording food to eat later
  • Body dissatisfaction
  • Possibility of becoming obese or morbidly obese
  • Frequent dieting, without weight loss results
  • Impaired social interactions
  • Utilize food to relieve stress or tension
  • Avoids expressing thoughts, feelings, and dealing with conflict
  • Feels shame, depression, low self-esteem, and loneliness

Health risks of binge eating disorder include:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Heart disease
  • Type II diabetes
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Joint Problems
  • Gall stones
  • Asthma
  • Gout
  • Cancers: colon, breast, gallbladder, endometrial
  • GERD