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Binge Eating Disorder

It doesn't matter if you're male or female, you're equally as likely to feel the urge


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Binge Eating Disorder is ia very common health issue and it's actually thought to affect more people than other eating disorders (like anorexia and bulimia) do.

Comfort eating means that you overeat a lot, but without trying to purge the food as people with bulimia do. You might feel that you’re unable to stop eating once you start, or you might nibble food constantly.

  • Comfort eaters use food as a comforter. Maybe you eat when you’re stressed, feeling down, nervous, unhappy or just tired. Food becomes a way to escape from problems.
  • If comfort eating spirals out of control, you might eat two or three times the normal amount of food. Maybe you eat things like food you've already thrown out, half frozen food or uncooked food.
  • Everyone comfort eats at different times and some will do it more frequently than others. Maybe it only happens once every few months, or if you have a serious problem, you might overeat several times a day.

What are the symptoms?

  • You eat until you feel uncomfortably full.
  • You eat very quickly.
  • You might eat a lot of food even when you’re not hungry.
  • You might feel embarrassed or self-conscious about how much you eat and eat alone to hide it.

What happens if I comfort eat?

  • You might get into the habit of trying to diet, then overeating. You might feel guilty or hate yourself afterwards.
  • You might also feel guilty about comfort eating and try to hide the habit. 
  • You may feel out of control around food and feel unable to stop eating.
  • You might feel ashamed or depressed after overeating.
  • Comfort eaters are at risk of the health problems related to obesity or being overweight. These can include high blood pressure, heart disease or joint problems.

If you feel that you may have an eating disorder you should contact Bodywhys which is the Eating Disorders Association of Ireland for more information and support. www.bodywhys.ie

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Published December 20th, 2012
Last updated February 7th, 2017
Tags food health eating disorder
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