By On May 11th, 2017

What is the difference between overeating and binge eating?

Everyone has had the experience of overindulging in their favorite foods. But, at what point does this become a dangerous habit? What separates the normal bout of overeating and binge eating?

It can often be a difficult line to draw, but the distinction is important. One is something everyone does, while the other cause isolation, depression, and body issues. Even worse, regular binge eating can be indicative of binge eating disorder, a mental illness affecting almost 3% of the U.S. population.

Binge eating disorder is associated with a heightened risk for numerous physical and mental conditions, including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, heart disease, high blood pressure and more. Any of these conditions can negatively impact relationships, sleep, and careers.

To help discern between overeating and binge eating disorder, Dr. Kate Craigen from Walden Eating Disorders Treatment Center in New England suggests asking yourself these six questions:

If you answered yes to two or more of these questions, it may be time to seek help from a professional experienced in treating disordered eating and binge eating disorder. They can help identify whether your eating behaviors may be related to a more serious condition and help you get started on the path towards recovery.

If you think you or someone you know may be living with binge eating disorder, give us a call at (888) 298-4673. We can answer any questions you have and find the right treatment plan for you.

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