Humans need food to survive, operate functionally, feel satisfaction, and even improve their mood. However, there is a huge difference between eating normally and regularly consuming amounts of food that go beyond what their body needs.
What people aren’t aware of is that the latter already signals that a person has binge eating disorder, wherein they can no longer control themselves from consuming excessive amounts of food. This has become common that more people suffer from it than bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, breast cancer, and HIV.
Binge eating disorder symptoms can take many different forms, but in most cases, they have a lot to do with abnormal food consumption habits.
People who suffer from this condition eat faster than their peers. They also continue to eat despite already feeling full, eating even without physical feelings of hunger, and in secret. Most people who have this disorder also reported that they felt upset or guilty after overeating. In addition, they describe themselves as abnormal, and that they usually feel as if something have “taken over” them that pushed them to binge eat.
How people with BED describe their condition
Binge eating disorder sufferers feel that they can no longer control themselves when it comes to eating. Even after they’ve just finished a meal, they still feel compelled to eat despite not truly feeling hungry. Some may even describe themselves as addicted to food and that the more they consume, the “hungrier” they become. They make excuses to be alone, so that they can continue eating in secret. They even go as far as erasing proof of that they’ve eaten more than what they should.
Binge eating disorder is a life-threatening condition. This alone should already prompt you to seek help and counseling, in the event that you exhibit any of the symptoms discussed above.