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Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is a complex mental illness, but it is treatable and with the right support, recovery is possible.
Typically, people with binge eating disorder will struggle to regulate their eating habits and relationship to food. They may swing between eating too much (bingeing) and then compensating for a binge by severely restricting their food intake or dieting.
It is common for people to feel trapped within a cycle of bingeing and restricting – it can feel extremely out of control and frenetic, and there can be a lot of shame associated with bingeing, causing people to isolate and become more secretive around food and their emotional state.
It might be hard to distinguish between binge eating disorder and overeating, as to occasionally overeat is part of normal behaviour with food. Yet people with binge eating disorder often talk of going into a trance-like state when they binge and can feel completely out of control.
It is important to note that there is no pleasure or enjoyment involved with bingeing, rather, it is a compulsive act and often a response to emotional distress.