What does an Eating Disorder look like?
Eating disorders are often recognized by extreme emotions, attitudes and behaviors surrounding weight and food issues. In a culture obsessed with thinness, beauty, and dieting, it is often difficult to distinguish when one’s beliefs or actions have become harmful.
Binge Eating Disorder
Binge Eating Disorder is characterized primarily by periods of uncontrolled, impulsive or continuous eating beyond the point of feeling comfortably full. While there is no purging, there may be sporadic fasts or repetitive diets and often feelings of shame or self-hatred after a binge. People who overeat compulsively may struggle with:
Other Eating Disorders
Eating disorders can include a combination of the signs and symptoms of anorexia, bulimia, and/or binge eating disorder. While these behaviors may not be clinically considered a full-syndrome eating disorder, they can still be physically dangerous and emotionally draining. All eating disorders require professional help.