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Binge eating might not always get the same focus in society as anorexia, but it's a serious eating disorder that dramatically impacts the lives of those who suffer from it. If you're a binge eater, you may feel unable to control your eating habits, perhaps eating to the point that you're physically ill multiple times a week. Weight gain, social isolation, and other concerning issues can all occur when you struggle with binge eating. It's important to get help by scheduling an appointment with an eating disorder counselor at an eating disorder treatment center by Center for Change or something similar. You'll likely work on self-awareness during your sessions, so covering these topics in advance can be a good start.
Are You Hungry?
One of the challenges of an eating disorder such as binge eating is that your mind will play tricks on you. The average person eats when hungry and stops eating when full, but this isn't the case for binge eaters. You may eat well past the point of being satiated or turn to food even if you're not remotely hungry. While self-dialogue isn't an alternative to proper counseling with a professional, it may help you to have some realizations about your eating habits. For example, actually realizing that you're eating when you aren't hungry may be an eye opener.
What Is Your Emotional State?
While there are some binge eaters who simply choose to eat out of habit, others find that a trigger causes them to overindulge. For example, someone may choose to binge eat upon feeling down emotionally. Perhaps you've had a rough day at work or a fight with your spouse or best friend and choose to respond by overeating. Other binge eaters will choose to overeat when they're in a good mood, using food to celebrate a big accomplishment or a day that went well. There are even binge eaters who are triggered to eat by sadness and happiness, which can be especially difficult.
How Do You Feel If You're Sick?
For some binge eaters, throwing up can signal the end of a binge eating session, as well as lead to intense feelings of shame. It can feel very embarrassing to be physically ill not because of food poisoning, but because you've continued to eat well past the point of being full and your body is unable to handle it. In more severe cases, binge eaters may throw up and then resume eating, because they no longer feel as full.
Consider how you feel about these queries, and be ready to share them with your counselor.