Binge eating is a mental eating disorder. Those affected cannot stop eating and suffer extremely from uncontrolled, often hours-long binge eating.
In contrast to bulimia, sufferers do not get physical relief from vomiting or exercising after the binge eating. Binge eating therefore often leads to weight gain.
Binge Eating: the addiction to eat
The extra weight and dissatisfaction with your own body can trigger further binge eating. The causes of binge eating are of a psychological nature: uncontrolled eating occurs under strong mental compulsion. Over several hours, those affected eat an above-average amount of food through hasty binge eating without hunger. Mostly they withdraw because they are embarrassed about their addiction. They only stop eating when the feeling of fullness is so uncomfortable that it obscures the compulsion to eat. Binge eating is not the only thing that overweight people suffer from. However, the disease occurs more frequently among them. Women are affected slightly more often than men. In total, between 800,000 and 2.4 million people in Germany suffer from binge eating.
Binge eating triggers shame and disgust
The binge eating binge eaters only provide some relief for a brief moment. This is followed by shame and disgust about one’s own behavior. Some people even have severe episodes of depression. Concerns about your own figure and weight arise; for people suffering from binge eating, eating no longer has anything to do with pleasure. On the contrary: During or after their binge eating they feel loss of control and despair.