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8 ways to know you have binge-eating disorder

Dr. Lala .A.

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What is Binge Eating Disorder?
Binge-eating disorder is a serious eating disorder in which you frequently consume unusually large amounts of food and feel unable to stop eating.
Binge eating disorder isn’t the same as occasional overeating. Plenty of people eat too much once in a while.

Who hasn’t had a stomachache after a birthday or wedding ceremony? People with this eating disorder, though, feel compelled to do so on a regular basis — at least once a week over a period of 3 months or longer.

How do I know I have this disorder?
Most people with binge-eating disorder are overweight or obese, but you may be at a normal weight. Behavioral and emotional signs and symptoms of binge-eating disorder include:

1. Eating unusually large amounts of food in a specific amount of time, such as over a 2-hour period
2. Feeling that your eating behavior is out of control
3. Eating even when you’re full or not hungry
4. Eating rapidly during binge episodes
5. Eating until you’re uncomfortably full
6. Frequently eating alone or in secret
7. Feeling depressed, disgusted, ashamed, guilty or upset about your eating
8. Frequently dieting, possibly without weight loss
People who have binge eating disorder also tend to have:
-Fluctuations in weight
-Feelings of low self-esteem
-Loss of sexual desire
-Frequent dieting

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Dr. Lala .A. is a graduate of University of Ilorin who also holds a Diploma in Computer Engineering. She is an MDCN (Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria) certified doctor who aspires to be a plastic surgeon involved in creating awareness about women's rights and responsibilities and also training would be surgeons. She is a proud member of various reputable bodies including the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and Young Africa Leaders Initiative (YALI). She loves to read, write, sleep and play the drums in her spare time.