Today marks the beginning of Eating Disorder Awareness Week (1st – 7th March 2021). This year’s theme is Binge Eating Disorder. Binge eating disorder is when a person eats large quantities of food without feeling they’re in control (BEAT).
Binge eating disorder will affect about one in fifty people in their lifetime, with more people living with it than anorexia or bulimia. Binge eating disorder can affect anyone, of any age, gender, ethnicity or background. One in three of those affected by binge eating disorder consider taking their own life, one in six attempt suicide.
Some characteristics of a binge eating episode include, eating faster than normal, eating until feeling uncomfortably full and eating large amounts of food when not physically hungry. After a binge eating episode people often have feelings of guilt at their lack of control and this can reinforce a cycle of negative emotions.
There are many reasons that can make someone feel the urge to binge eat; factors such as feeling low, bored or angry. People may binge eat when they’re feeling happy or excited too.
If you think you might have a binge eating disorder, it’s important to get treatment as early as possible to ensure the best chance of recovery. The first step is usually to book a GP appointment. We know this is not always easy, so someone suffering with an eating disorder may want to ask a friend or family member to call the doctors on their behalf and if possible, attend the appointment with them. If you’re suffering with an eating disorder, remember it’s not your fault and you deserve to get better.
If you’re finding today hard, text MRF to 85258 to speak to a trained volunteer. You’re never alone.