I am the author of Reclaiming Yourself From Binge Eating: A Step-by-Step Guide to Healing and the founder of bingeeatingtherapy.com - an online community to help women heal from binge eating and bulimia.
There is a big dilemma in what causes what, i.e., does being obese causes mental health issues, or does psychiatric disorder push a person more towards being obese? Not every obese person has the same thing, but it has been in studies conducted at the Texas Health Science Center and NOO that obese people are at higher risk for depression and anxiety.
People simply overeat out of mindless habit, and it’s the result of some underlying emotional issues. The evaluation is done based on the frequency of episodes of binge eating and symptoms and what triggers the pattern of binge eating. But one can adopt some basic adjustments in the lifestyle to reduce the frequency of binge eating by consciously making an effort and maintain a healthy lifestyle both mental and physical. Every individual needs different treatment according to what their triggers are and how bad the eating habit is.
Have you ever stress ate even when you were not hungry at all? Have you finished a whole tub of ice-cream just because you were feeling very emotional or were not in good mood? Or even worst, ate and felt guilty or shameful after having your favorite food? If yes, you have started binge eating. If this is done on a regular basis, like eating just because you are too emotional or feeling stressed or feeling anxious or depressed for some reason, and over-indulge with food more than twice a month, you might be suffering from binge eating disorder. At this time, where we binge-watch on our favorite series or do movie marathons, we tend to binge eat too, without even realizing that we are eating a large amount of food in a very short span which can lead to guilt or shame after the realization of what you did.