While it is true that many men and women who suffer from binge eating disorder are either overweight or obese, there are many individuals struggling with the condition who remain at a normal weight – either because of rapid metabolisms or because they make up for the extra calories consumed while bingeing by restricting their intake during the day or by exercising excessively. While this specific disorder affects both men and women, females comprise a major portion of the afflicted population. BED can absolutely devastating for all those who suffer from it, however – recovery for women is possible and available. There are many emotional and behavioral symptoms of binge eating disorder. Take a look at the most common signs and symptoms below:
Symptoms of Binge Eating Disorder
- Feeling that you have lost the ability to control how much food you consume once you begin eating (at least some of the time, if not all of the time)
- Eating excessively large amounts of food in a short period of time (over the course of one or two hours, typically)
- Eating abnormally quickly
- Continuing to eat even when full, or eating when not hungry
- Eating until experiencing extreme physical discomfort (fullness)
- Negative feelings associated with eating – feelings such as guilt, shame, depression, self-loathing, and disgust
- Eating alone or secretly
- Continuously committing to diets, often without visible weight loss
- Developing ritualistic tendencies around food and eating
Recovery for Women
Those who suffer from binge eating disorder will typically not purge their food after consuming large quantities, or successfully compensate for excess calories by restricting their diets after a binge. If they do restrict, they will often end up bingeing again in a short matter of time. Because of this, it is common for those who suffer from binge eating disorder to put on excess weight, and potentially put themselves at risk of developing weight-related health disorders. It is sometimes difficult to detect a binge eating disorder in another individual – even in someone close to you, whom you may spend ample time with. Those suffering from this disorder will typically attempt to do their best to hide symptoms, fearing judgment and discrimination. If you believe that a loved one may struggle with binge eating disorder, it is important to approach the subject in a non-confrontational and supportive manner. Before suggesting to your family member or close friend that you are concerned that he or she may be suffering from such a disorder, be sure to do adequate research on the subject and all of its implications.
We at Willow Place for Women have extensive experience dealing with this specific eating disorder, as well as a number of other common female-oriented behavioral eating conditions. We know that recovery for women is entirely possible – despite how desperate and insurmountable disordered eating may seem at times. Please contact us today for more information on BED and recovery for women. We look forward to speaking with you soon!