Binge eating disorder is a severe eating disorder that can have life-threatening complications. Despite its severity, the condition is treatable. Many individuals aren't aware binge eating disorder is a medically recognized eating disorder. Patients with this condition go through multiple episodes of eating extremely large amounts of food, often causing themselves discomfort. To be a disordered eating behavior, there must be feelings of distress, guilt, or shame afterward, coupled with a feeling of losing control during the binge itself.
Unlike eating disorders like bulimia, individuals with binge eating disorder do not purge, starve themselves, or use other unhealthy means of compensating for the binge. This condition is the most commonly occurring eating disorder in the United States. It's important for individuals to be educated about the symptoms of binge eating disorder so they may seek appropriate treatment.
Eating When Full Or Not Hungry
Eating when full or not hungry is one of the most common signs of binge eating disorder. When someone has this condition, they're generally using food as a way of coping with life stress or a way of getting positive feelings. Rather than eating because they're hungry and need nutrition, they eat for the emotional benefits of the binge. These benefits are short-lived, though. Patients may not even experience positive emotions while bingeing, especially if they feel they don't have any control over their actions.
It's important to note eating out of boredom is different from binge eating disorder or other eating disorders. Boredom eating can usually be handled with simple lifestyle changes and more mindfulness about diet. Binge eating disorder, on the other hand, has a mental health component that can't go untreated. Without treating the underlying mental illness, patients will continue to lose control when they eat.