Binge eating and overeating are serious medical conditions which manifest in a compulsive, out-of-control relationship to food. A person who binge eats turns to food to deal with stress and other uncomfortable emotions. As a result, these emotions build up and often become worse, spiralling into guilt, depression, and low self-esteem. This then leads to more emotional eating.
Because the binge eater is unable to properly manage food intake, the physical body becomes vulnerable to life-altering health issues. These include obesity, depression and type II diabetes.
The signs and symptoms of binge eating
The most common symptom of binge eating is regularly eating very large amounts of food, regardless of whether or not you are hungry. For most binge eaters, overeaters and emotional eaters, eating is a coping mechanism. They experience a negative thought or emotion, then eat as a way of dealing with it. This makes them feel powerless and guilty. Binge eating is directly tied to emotions. Some binge eaters eat when they are sad, angry or experiencing any other type of strong emotion, hence the term emotional eater. In that way, the condition is similar to alcohol addiction. Binge eaters are also likely to hide their eating disorder from friends and family. Binge eaters will avoid eating in front of people and then secretly binge in private. This leads to poor body image. Many binge eaters feel embarrassed and ashamed of their appearance and are always finding flaws with themselves.
I need binge eating treatment, how can Life Works help me?
Life Works specialises in treating binge eating, overeating, emotional eating, compulsive eating and other eating disorders. We work hard to identify the root cause of a client’s eating disorder rather than simply treating the symptoms. To do this, each of our clients undergoes a number of different treatments along with individual and group therapy sessions. These combine to create a holistic treatment that is both highly effective and tailored for every individual. Clients also meet with our resident medical officer, psychiatrist, and have a medical assessment. This ensures each client gets the treatment they need to start recovery and rebuild their life.
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