We use the word “binge” very casually in our society. We “binge” watch episodes of our favorite shows on DVR or Netflix. We “binge” listen to podcasts. Most of us probably “binged” on Star Wars movies before.
But when is bingeing on food actually Binge Eating Disorder?
Consider a time when you thought you were bingeing and ask yourself the following questions:
*. Did you consume an abnormally large amount of food in a short period of time as compared with what others might eat in the same amount of time under similar circumstances?
*. Did you experience a loss of control over eating during these episodes?Do you consume food faster than normal?
*. Do you feel fuller than usual?
*. Are you consuming large amounts of food when not hungry?
*. Are you consuming food alone due to embarrassment over the amount of food you are eating?
*. Do you feel disgusting, guilty or depressed after the binge?
*. Do you feel distressed about the binge?
Finally, think about your behavior over a period of time.
Has the binge eating occurred at least once a week for 3 months?
It is important to note that weight gain may or may not be associated with BED. And while there is a correlation between BED and weight gain, not everyone who is overweight binges or has BED.
If you find yourself answering yes to these questions, I am here to help.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 513-205-6543 to schedule an appointment. Tele-therapy phone sessions available.