Binge Eating, Compulsive Eating and Emotional Eating are all very similar in as the underlying issues are usually following a common theme of; low self esteem, low confidence and low self worth.

Binge eating and compulsive eating are psychological illnesses. As with other eating disorders, there are no barriers when it comes to age, gender or race.

People do struggle with a life time of binge eating problems and suicide rates are high.

It is also a psychological illness that has a major impact on a person’s physical and mental health, and a profound effect on anyone who is part of their life if support is not sought!

Physical effects

  • Stomach Pains
  • Irregular periods
  • Poor Skin condition
  • Constipation
  • Irregular Sleep Pattern
  • Feeling Bloated
  • Tiredness
  • High blood pressure, stroke, kidney function, enlarged heart, high cholesterol, secondary diabetes and gall bladder disease are all consequences of obesity.
  • In addition, atherosclerosis (build up of fatty acids in the arteries) can lead to blood clots, strokes, angina, and weakening of the arteries.
  • Heart failure
  • Binge Eating or Emotional Eating is no different to any other eating disorder, in as it stems from underlying emotional turmoil and low self esteem


Take each day at a time and make targets small and achievable thus not setting yourself up to fail.

It may help to plan your meals and structure your eating plan in advance.

Establish a pattern of regular eating which involves restricting your meals to three planned meal day, plus two or three planned snacks.

A regular eating pattern displaces binges, with the result that the frequency of binges decrease.

Leave no more than 3-4 hours between planned meals/snacks.

Do not skip meals or snacks, as skipping a scheduled meal/snack will make you vulnerable to binges.

Consume pre-planned food amounts.

If binges occur, resist temptation to avoid your next planned meal/snack, this will only increase problems.

Concentrate when eating, being aware of what you are doing will help ensure that meals/snacks do not turn into binges.

When cooking avoid tasting, as this a trigger to binging.

Plan food shopping, or shop with a friend/relative, and limit the amount of money you carry.

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