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When your eating is out of control

Most people overeat once in a while like on holidays or when dining out for a special event. But some people overeat regularly and feel that their eating is out of control. If this describes you, you may be struggling with an eating disorder. People who have binge eating disorder may also:

  • be overweight or obese and may have become overweight or obese at a young age
  • eat very quickly during binge eating episodes
  • eat until uncomfortably full
  • eat large amounts of food even when they’re not hungry
  • feel embarrassed about the food they consume and eat alone or in secret
  • feel disgusted, depressed and guilty after a binge
  • binge eat during times of stress, anger, sadness or boredom

If you think you may have binge eating disorder, you must seek help. Like other eating disorders, binge eating can have serious effects on your health. To keep the weight off long term, you must get control over your binge eating. Your healthcare provider may suggest that you also see a psychiatrist, psychologist or clinical social worker as part of your treatment, which may include medicine, behavioral therapy and counseling.

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