Statistics reveal that Binge Eating Disorder, also known as BED, is one of the most common eating disorders in the US. BED affects about 2.8 million people in the country. But what’s interesting to know is that the disorder was only officially recognized in 2013 as a formal diagnosis.
As with other eating disorders, people afflicted with this condition are often undiagnosed and suffering in silence. Here are three common symptoms that you should know about so you can inquire about binge eating disorder help and treatment.
High Consumption of Food in One Sitting
Every now and then, people tend to give themselves a break and consume large amounts of food. But people with diagnosed and undiagnosed BED often consume high amounts of food in one sitting. What makes it a worrying condition is that people who have it often feel they don’t have control over their binge-eating episode or habit, compared to those who can stop eating when they feel that they have consumed more than what they need or want.
Regular Binge-Eating Episodes
For some people, they tend to binge-eat only once in a while. But for people with diagnosed or undiagnosed BED, they often have at least one episode per week in the span of three months. And this could go on even longer until they are diagnosed with an eating disorder and they seek help and treatment. They also tend to continue binge-eating even when they are already full.
People with this affliction often hide empty containers of food because they feel ashamed of their habits. They also hoard food and tend to binge-eat secretly. Many of them suffer from anxiety, depression, shame, self-hatred, and grief due to the lack of control over their symptoms.
If you suspect that you or someone you know may have an undiagnosed BED, ask for help. The first step towards treatment can help you nip the habit in the bud. If left undiagnosed, it can be dangerous to one’s physical and mental health.