Binge Eating Disorder
This is a pattern of behaviour that has recently been recognised. It involves dieting and binge eating, but not vomiting. It is distressing, but much less harmful than bulimia. Sufferers are more likely to become overweight.
You raid the fridge or go out and buy lots of fattening foods that you would normally avoid. You then go back to your room, or home, and eat it all, quickly, in secret.
You might get through packets of biscuits, several boxes of chocolates and a number of cakes in just a couple of hours. You may even take someone else’s food, or shoplift, to satisfy the urge to binge.
Afterwards you feel stuffed and bloated – and probably guilty and depressed. You try to get rid of the food you have eaten by making yourself sick, or by purging with laxatives.
It is very uncomfortable and tiring, but you find yourself trapped in a routine of binge eating, and vomiting and/or purging (16).
A dietician can advise you on healthy eating. (16) This could help you to get back to regular eating, so you can maintain a steady weight without starving or vomiting.
Counselling and Psychotherapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) are recommended. If you require help and advice Counselling and Psychotherapy may be provided via Skype and FaceTime in the comfort of your home, office or any place of your choice.