Binge eating disorder

Regain a sense of control over eating behaviour

Binge eating disorder is the most common eating and not – as most people believe – anorexia or bulimia. Up to 4% of the general population between the ages of 20 and 30 are affected. This eating disorder results in regular, uncontrollable eating attacks. During these, those affected ingest a large amount of food that is easy to eat and frequently high in calories. They usually eat very quickly and then feel unpleasantly full.

Our experienced therapists at the Schoen Clinic will help you to normalise your eating habits and regain your self control.

Causes & symptoms

Causes: What triggers can lead to binge eating disorder?

Many factors work together in binge eating disorder. Risk factors include, among other things, being overweight in childhood and denigration due to weight or eating habits. A low sense of self-esteem, depression and traumatic experiences in childhood can also contribute to developing a binge eating disorder. If someone has difficulty keeping their feelings under control or has significantly stressful experiences, this can also lead to a binge eating disorder.

Symptoms: How to recognise a binge eating disorder

Recurring eating frenzies accompanied by a loss of control are the main symptom of abinge eating disorder. Those affected describe how during these eating attacks, they feel as if they can no longer control the type and quantity of the food consumed. Eating is often done in secret out of embarrassment. There are often negative emotions related to the eating attacks such as disgust, depression, guilt and shame. Some of those affected counteract weight gain by skipping meals, for example. But this doesn’t happen on a regular basis.


Diagnosis: Here’s how we track a binge eating disorder

To be diagnosed with a binge eating disorder, you must experience eating attacks at least two days out of the week over a period of six months. Another item of criteria is that you do not take any regular measures to prevent weight gain. This rules out the illness bulimia, where weight gain is prevented by vomiting, fasting, purging, etc.