Signs of binge eating often appear during the teenage years. People can eat for a time period of two hours straight. Others will take a break and eat large meals throughout the day. These eaters will still continue to consume food even though they experience a feeling of fullness. They may not fully taste or enjoy what they are eating but are satisfied with putting something in their mouth and chewing. Many people are upset after they have a binging episode but are not too sure how to stop. After a person eats they do not make an attempt to diet or to regurgitate the food. People will not fast but will continue to eat later on in the day.
There is a difference between binge eaters and people who enjoy eating. A person who is a binge eater will not be able to stop eating no matter how full they feel. They will eat large amounts of food in one sitting. Some will hide food to eat at a later time and do not want others to find it. These people may eat normal around others but once they are alone they binge on food. In addition to obesity binge eating can lead to depression, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and may increase a person’s risk for certain types of cancers.
Binge eating can be treated. A person needs to find a productive way to handle their stress and reduce the amount of stress they have in their life. In some cases a professional counselor may be needed to help build up self esteem. If a person is bored they need to develop a hobby to keep their mind and body busy. Exercise can help lose the extra pounds. Planning three meal times as well as two small snack times can slowly control how much a person eats. Binge eating is a serious health condition and is a little known eating disorder that can be dangerous if left untreated.