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Binge Eating Disorder
People with binge eating disorder feel unable to stop themselves from eating and can eat a very large amount of food in a short space of time, even when they feel full.
Here are some signs that someone might have binge eating disorder:
Feeling a lack of control around food or eating
Eating large amounts of food regularly, even when they’re not hungry
Feelings of embarrassment, guilt or disgust about overeating
Sensitive to comments around food, weight or appearance
Feeling extremely upset or anxious after overeating
Eating to the point of feeling uncomfortably full
Being secretive about what they eat and when
Eating alone, in secret or avoiding social events around food
Shoplifting food or spending large amounts of money on food
Hiding food or food wrappers around the house
Feeling embarrassed or ashamed of their body or weight
Experiencing anxiety, depression, irritability or low self-esteem
Avoiding questions about eating and weight
People with anorexia have intense fear of gaining weight and reduce the amount of food they eat, which leads them to being significantly underweight. Some may also binge, purge or exercise excessively.
Here are some signs that someone might have anorexia nervosa:
Losing weight really quickly
Feeling faint, dizzy, tired or cold all the time
Seeing themselves as overweight when they’re actually underweight
Obsessing over food, body shape, weight or appearance
Counting calories, constant dieting or avoiding food groups
Low self-esteem (guilt, self-criticism, worthlessness)
Black and white thinking or trouble concentrating
Saying they’ve eaten when they haven’t or hiding uneaten food
Sensitive to comments about body shape, weight or eating
Over-exercising or continuing to exercise when sick or injured
Vomiting, misusing laxatives or appetite suppressants
Changes in their clothing style or appearance
Avoiding situations involving food or spending more time alone
Having rituals around food (cutting into small pieces, eating slowly)
Feeling anxious or upset around meal times
Very fearful of gaining weight
Frequently body-checking (weighing, looking in the mirror)
Eating disorders can have a devastating impact on someone’s health. It’s important to seek support as soon as you notice any warning signs.
Who can help
If you think that you or someone you know is showing signs of an eating disorder, it’s important to seek help as soon as possible.
Here’s who can help:
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