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What is Binge Eating Disorder?

by Amanda Collins

Binge Eating Disorder can make sufferers feel like their life is completely out of control. They constantly think about food, and use it to deal with the emotional and mental issues that they come up against day-to-day.

And then there’s the guilt and the shame. The constant mental whispering that proceeds, accompanies, and follows a binge episode.

Binge Eating Disorder can colour a person’s life in self-loathing, which then leads to another binge and the cycle continues.

But the good news is that there really is hope. Binge Eating Disorder does not need to be a lifestyle for a whole lifetime. It can be treated and cured.

Recognising the symptoms is the first step in the journey to recovery, and with this in mind, below you will find a list of the signs and symptoms of the condition.

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Signs of Binge Eating Disorder


  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Disturbances in sleep patterns
  • Bloating
  • Sudden development of food intolerances


  • Obsession with weight, food and body shape
  • Low self-esteem and self-loathing
  • Strong sense of shame, particularly around food
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Sensitivity about looks and eating habits


  • Hoarding or hiding food
  • Spending lots of money on food
  • Eating alone, or avoiding group meals
  • Secrecy around eating and food
  • Stealing food
  • Dismissive and evasive when questioned about weight and food

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