Eating Behavior Seems Out of Control
When an individual has binge eating disorder, one of the first signs others might notice is their eating behavior seems out of control. In addition, feeling 'out of control' can sometimes be the trigger that makes patients realize they have a problem. Individuals with binge eating disorder may plan their binges, but once they start eating, it's common for them to be unable to stop.
Medical practitioners determine how severe a patient's binge eating disorder is based on how many times they binge per week. The loss of self-control can be very distressing, which just adds to whatever stress or emotional struggles patients are experiencing in their day-to-day lives. While binge eating disorder-related behaviors often start as a means of comforting oneself, they can quickly spiral into a mental illness patients can't control or stop on their own.