The past 12 months I have seen an increase in the presentation of Binge Eating Disorders especially amongst young girls some as young as nine!
This is not simply an occasional over eating episode but a debilitating way of life that affects peoples relationship with food and even more so with themselves.
More often than not there is perpetual cycle of eating large amounts of food in one sitting or over a short space of time and then experiencing feelings of shame, guilt, embarrassment and disgust that often motivates the next binge, restricting episode or extreme exercising.
Binge eating is classified as a mental health issue and this needs to be supported on the road to recovery.
Establishing regular eating patterns, moderating exercise and addressing the perceived mindset about yourself are all important steps to recover.
I can help you on that road to recovery. With Hypnotherapy I can help you to emotionally process and establish why you developed an eating disorder and this can help you take back control of your life. More often than not early feelings of 'not being good enough' can trigger a poor relationship with self and an eating issue cn be triggered. But of course this is not always the case.
I understand from personal expereince how it feels when an eating control has control of you, I also know from expereince that you CAN recover.
This information is current NHS guidelines.
Binge eating disorder involves regularly eating a lot of food over a short period of time until you're uncomfortably full.
Binges are often planned in advance, usually done alone, and may include "special" binge foods. You may feel guilty or ashamed after binge eating.
Men and women of any age can get binge eating disorder, but it usually starts in the late teens or early 20s.
Symptoms of binge eating disorder
The main symptom of binge eating disorder is eating a lot of food in a short time and not being able to stop when full.
Other symptoms include:
eating when not hungry
eating very fast during a binge
eating alone or secretly
feeling depressed, guilty, ashamed or disgusted after binge eating
People who regularly eat in this way may have binge eating disorder.
Warning signs of binge eating disorder in someone else
Someone you care about may have an eating disorder if they:
eat a lot of food, very quickly
try to hide how much they're eating
store up supplies of food
put on weight (but this does not happen to everyone with binge eating disorder)
Getting help for binge eating disorder
If you think you may have binge eating disorder, see a GP as soon as you can.
They'll ask you about your eating habits and how you're feeling, and check your weight and overall health.
The GP should refer you to an eating disorder specialist or team of specialists if they think you have binge eating disorder or another eating disorder.
It can be hard to admit you need help with an eating disorder, so bringing a friend or loved one with you to your appointment may help.
You can also talk in confidence to an adviser from eating disorders charity Beat by calling its adult helpline on 0808 801 0677 or youth helpline on 0808 801 0711.