Within a few years it's estimated that one in three of us in the UK will be clinically obese: this has become a major problem for our society in the 21st century. While the treatment of obesity and binge-eating clearly have medical and nutritional components, these problems can also be greatly helped by talking to a counsellor.
Binge Eating Disorder is characterised by having recurrent (at least twice a week over a minimum 6 month period) episodes of eating much larger quantities of food than most people would eat in a similar amount of time and under similar circumstances.
Other features include eating much more quickly than normal, eating until uncomfortably full, eating alone and feeling ashamed, guilty and depressed.
If you have Binge Eating Disorder you do not purge (making yourself sick or abusing laxatives) or compensate (fasting, excessive exercising) to make up for your bingeing.
You may well be overweight, but this is not inevitable.
You do not have to have all the features of Binge Eating Disorder to worry about your weight, believe your thoughts dominated by food and have times when you think you eat too much. Whether you have an eating problem or a diagnosable eating disorder, talking to a counsellor can help you to eat less chaotically and have a more relaxed relationship with food.