People who binge eat often consume large amounts of food in a short amount of time, fail to control portions and feel ashamed after eating. While binge eating might not be a usual conversation topic, it is a common eating disorder experienced by 3.5% of women and 2% of men in the United States according to a study published in Biological Psychiatry.
The binge eating episodes are associated with three (or more) of the following:
Eating rapidly than normal
Eating until feeling uncomfortably full
Eating large amounts of food when not feeling physically hungry
Eating alone because of embarrassment by how much one is eating
Feeling disgusted, depressed or guilty afterward
The causes of binge eating vary among biological to environmental factors such as genetic features, history of dieting, environmental distresses, and psychological and social influences.
Support groups are safe spaces structured to allow participants to share personal experiences, feelings, coping strategies and information about symptoms and treatments. The discussions often are facilitated by an experienced leader or a medical professional.
Feeling isolated or embarrassed might be a vicious cycle that leads to worsening binge eating symptoms. Support groups can allow us to make connections, providing tangible benefits to people experiencing mental health issues.
Benefits of participating in support groups can include:
Reducing feelings of loneliness, isolation and stigma resulted from binge eating
Getting practical advice or information about treatment options
Talking openly and honestly about your feelings
Gaining a sense of empowerment, control or hope
Learning about health, economic or social resources
Benefits of online support groups can include:
Faster time to get help, skipping appointment wait time
More frequent or flexible participation
A cost effective way to see a licensed mental health professional
A degree of privacy or anonymity comparing to local community support groups
Opportunities for people in areas with no face-to-face support groups
You are not alone. Herd is ready to support you.