Binge eating can be accompanied or caused by stress, anxiety, and depression. Binge eaters tend to have low self-esteem, body image issues, and struggle with control and loneliness. The act of bingeing only perpetuates this cycle; binge eaters feel these emotions and binge eat. Then the act of binge eating increases the intensity of the emotions, and those with this condition continue to binge eat. Eventually the disorder begins to affect physical health as well.
If you are struggling with binge eating, talk to your doctor. They can get you the help you need to break the cycle and build a healthy relationship with food. If you suspect that someone you know may be binge eating, talk to them. Though the conversation may seem difficult, in the end, offering your support to someone whose disorder feeds on that person’s loneliness may be the first step in helping them to get better.