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Binge Eating: What It Is, Cause and Symptoms

Binge Eating: What It Is, Cause and Symptoms

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We all overeat at some point in our lives. But binge eating is different from the excesses that we can commit sporadically. A binge eating involves regularly eating an exaggerated amount of food in a short amount of time. VillaRamadas can help you understand if you have a binge eating disorder.

Compulsive Eating Disorder can affect both men and women and can arise at any time. However, it tends to appear at younger ages, but the eating disorder can last a lifetime.

In this article we will try to explain a little better what binge eating consists of, what can lead to its appearance and how to detect it. It is not always easy, but there are ways to deal with it and VillaRamadas is here to help you.

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What is binge eating?

Binge Eating, or Compulsive Food Intake Disorder, is a serious pathology. Derived from psychological and/or psychiatric factors, compulsion has a negative impact on the body. At stake is the physical and mental state of the person affected by the disorder.

Binge eating is characterized by excessive food intake. Most of the time, this type of episodes occurs without the presence of hunger or physical need for food.

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If not detected in time, binge eating can lead to health problems such as diabetes or cardiovascular problems. The typical behavior of someone with binge eating is to eat too much food, without control. Anorexia or obesity can often arise as a consequence.

What factors can be the basis of binge eating?

Some factors that may be the basis of binge eating:

  • Negative comments about the body, on a regular basis;
  • Lack of self-esteem;
  • Depression;
  • Grief situations;
  • Anxiety;
  • Physical or psychological violence;
  • Lack of emotional, social and even physical stability;
  • (in some cases) Pregnancy.
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Binge eating shows a bad relationship with food but also with one's own body and self-esteem © Tamas Pap/Unsplash

These factors can lead to binge eating but also other eating disorders. It is thereforeimportant to make the correct diagnosiswith a professional. At VillaRamadas we can help you, contact us.

Binge eating symptoms

Although they may not be aware that they are suffering from an eating disorder at first, there are some symptoms that reveal themselves early on. The first, possibly transversal to many, is when food becomes a taboo subject.

In binge eating, overconsumption of food is done but never mentioned by the person suffering. And often the person tends to deny it when faced with the situation (particularly if they later develop another eating disorder). Thus, we list some signs that binge eating can be a problem:

  • Eating too fast and too much;
  • Refusal to deal with stressful situations, taking refuge in food;
  • Eating even without being hungry;
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In this type of eating disorder it means the person doesn't know when to stop, even when the body doesn't ask for more. © Helena Lopes/Unsplash
  • Eating after being satisfacted and in always exaggerated amounts;
  • Eating alone or hidden from other people;
  • Feelings of sadness or guilt after episodes of eating too much.

How to control and treat binge eating

Binge eating must be controlled and treated, but by a specialized team. Being complex, an eating disorder should involve a multidisciplinary team, including doctors, psychologists, nurses, among others.

Of course, before anything else, it is necessary to recognize the problem on the part of those who suffer from binge eating. It is important to control binge eating at first and then learn how to deal with it.

In VillaRamadas treatment clinics we have professionals able to intervene correctly in a compulsive food intake disorder. We can help you get back to a more balanced life based on healthy change. Contact us to find out how we can help you.


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