How to Spot the Signs of Binge Eating
More than just finishing a bag of chips in one go, binge eating involves consuming a large amount of food in a short period of time. If this happens once a week or more, you may have binge-eating disorder. Though binge-eating disorder typically develops in one’s late teens or early 20s, it can surface in any age group, says Martha Peirce, a psychotherapist in Hagersville, Ont., who specializes in eating disorders and addictions.
People affected by binge-eating disorder may grapple with stigmatization, so binge eating often happens in isolation and can be followed by feelings of shame or guilt. Moreover, the disorder can lead to additional health conditions over time: an increased chance of type 2 diabetes, gastrointestinal issues, high blood pressure and migraines.