Warning signs and symptoms of BEG:
- Evidence of binge eating, including dissapearance of large amount of foods in short periods of time or lots of empty wrappers and containers indicating consumption of large amounts of food.
- Appears uncomfortable eating around others.
- Any new practice with food, including cutting out entire food groups.
- Fear of eating in public or with others.
- Steals or hoards food in strange places.
- Creates lifestyle schedules or rituals to make time for binge sessions.
- Withdraw from usual friends and activities.
- Frequently diets.
- Shows extrem concern with body weight and shape.
- Frequent checking in the mirror for perceived flaws in appareance.
- Has secrent recurring episodes of binge eating; feels lack of control over ability to stop eating.
- Disruption in normal eating disorders, including eating throughout the day with no planned mealtimes; skipping meals or taking small portions of food at regular meals; engaging in sporadic fasting or repetitive dieting.
- Developing food rituals.
- Eating alone aout of embarrassment at the quantity of food being eaten.
- Feelings of disgust, depression or guilt after overeating.
- Fluctuations in wight.
- Feelings of low self-esteem.
- Stomach cramps, other non-specific gastrointestinal complaints.
Eating disorders can affect every organ system in the body, and people struggling witha an eating disorder need to seek professional help. The earlier a person with an eating disorder seeks treatment, the greater the likelihood of pshysical and emotional recovery.