What to Know about Binge Eating Disorder

Willow Place on September 12, 2016
What to Know about Binge Eating Disorder


Out of all the eating disorders that plague women in the United States, binge eating disorder is the one that affects the most. This eating disorder has just recently been recognized as a diagnosable disease in 2013. Women who have binge eating disorder place their lives at risk. Fortunately, binge eating disorder is curable through treatment.

To be Diagnosed with Binge Eating Disorder One Must:

  • Eat at a rapid speed
  • Feel guilt and depression after binge eating
  • Have little or no control over eating
  • Eat large portions even when not hungry
  • Eat more than the average person in a smaller amount of time
  • Avoid others by eating alone
  • Eat until painfully full
  • Does not partake in purging (like a bulimic patient would)
  • Binge eat once a week for 3 months minimally

Signs to Look for in your Loved One

There are a few characteristic traits evident in the personalities, behaviors, and emotions of those with binge eating disorder. If you are worried that a loved one is suffering from binge eating disorder, look for these signs or characteristics:

  • Habitual hiding of food packaging and wrappers
  • Eating in solidarity often
  • Unusual eating patterns like random fasting or no set meal times
  • Scheduling around eating to make time for bingeing
  • Expression of shame after eating
  • Low self-esteem about body weight
  • Anxiety when not in control of a situation
  • Unable to say no to others
  • Having to make things perfect constantly
  • Unavailable emotionally
  • Constant avoidance of confrontation
  • Extreme or quick shift in body weight

Negative Effects of Binge Eating Disorder

Not all who struggle with obesity have an eating disorder and vice versa. Unfortunately, those with binge eating disorders that experience the most negative effects are obese. Obesity can cause harm on the body and even lead to death. Patients with binge eating disorder are at risk for:

  • Sleep apnea
  • Extreme fatigue
  • High blood pressure
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Joint irritability
  • High levels of cholesterol
  • Gallbladder infection
  • Diabetes

Treating Binge Eating Disorder

Although clients with binge eating disorder have a lower quality of life, there is hope for change and new development. Treatment for binge eating disorder is available through The Willow Place for Women. We are two treatment facilities that specialize in helping women fight addiction and eating disorders. We understand that eating disorders are often a sign of underlying issues that need resolve. Our treatment resonates with this understanding by providing trauma recovery, dual diagnosis therapy, nutrition education, and relapse prevention programs. If you are interested in learning more about our eating disorder treatment programs and facilities, you may call us at 1-888-651-4212, or fill out our contact form.

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If you or someone you love is battling substance use, mental health, or eating disorders, please feel free to contact one of our trained admission specialists today. All calls are free and completely confidential. While we know that suffering from a severe and life-threatening substance use disorder or a mental health issue can, at times, seem insurmountable, we sincerely believe that every woman is capable and deserving of the opportunity to recover. Reaching out is the first step – give us a call today and we will gladly walk you through the process of beginning your beautiful, fulfilling journey of recovery.

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