What is Binge Eating?
Almost everyone overeats on occasion, perhaps having seconds or thirds of a favorite meal. But for some people, excessive overeating becomes a regular practice known as binge-eating disorder.
Binge-eating disorder is a serious eating disorder in which you frequently consume unusually large amounts of food and feel helpless to stop. You may be embarrassed by it, may even vow to change your behavior, but you cannot resist the urges.
If you suspect you or someone you love has a binge-eating disorder, we can help. Speak confidentially with a counselor right now by calling (888) 837-6577.
Do You Have a Binge-Eating Disorder?
- Do you eat unusually large amounts of food in a specific window of time, such as over a two-hour period?
- Do you feel as if your eating is out of control?
- Do you continue eating even when you’re full or not hungry?
- Do you eat rapidly during binge episodes?
- Do you eat until you’re uncomfortably full?
- Do you frequently eat alone or in secret?
- Do you feel depressed, disgusted, ashamed, guilty or upset about your eating?
- Do you frequently diet, possibly without weight loss?
Binge-eating differs from bulimia in that, after a binge, you don’t try to compensate for extra calories eaten by vomiting, using laxatives or exercising excessively. You may try to diet or eat normal meals. But restricting your diet may simply lead to more binge eating.
Does any of this sound like you? Someone you love?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the questions above, have any symptoms of binge-eating disorder, you should seek professional help as soon as possible. Binge-eating problems can vary in their course from short-lived to recurrent, or they may persist for years if left untreated. Left untreated, you may develop psychological and physical problems related to binge eating.
Complications that may be caused by binge-eating disorder include:
- Poor quality of life
- Problems functioning at work, with your personal life or in social situations
- Social isolation
- Medical conditions related to obesity, such as joint problems, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and some sleep-related breathing disorders
Psychiatric disorders that are often linked with binge-eating disorder include:
- Bipolar disorder
- Substance use disorders
The Honey Lake Clinic Difference
At Honey Lake Clinic, our experienced staff, licensed therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists understand that effective treatment for eating disorders requires a multifaceted, faith-based approach, involving healing of the body, mind, and spirit. Our unique treatment programs specifically and deeply address all three spheres, offering each client his or her greatest chance at wholeness and transformative growth.
This holistic approach and a combination of key factors makes the mental health program at Honey Lake Clinic different from the others in the country.
You’ll benefit from Honey Lake’s—
- Integration of a Bible-based approach and sound psychological principles
- Experienced, compassionate, and highly trained clinical staff
- Individualized treatment with a low caseload of patients per therapist
- Practical curriculum focused on decision-making mechanics and skills
- Emphasis on holistic healing of the mind, body, and spirit