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  • Writer's pictureJessica Trainor

How do I know if I have binge eating disorder or if I'm just overeating?

Do you feel consumed by obsessions with food and weight?

Constantly thinking about food?

Have you sworn to yourself that you’ll never binge again but find yourself stuck in the same cycle?


A lot of people wonder if they have binge eating disorder, or if they are overeating or engaging in emotional eating. Either way, both can be a result of a difficult relationship with food and require similar support.




Binge eating treatment can be a frustrating journey and the urge to binge can be an overwhelming feeling. Often dieting and restricting lays the foundation for your body to want to binge / overeat. Sometimes our inability to manage difficult emotions comes into play as well. Difficult emotions and the inability to manage them mindfully, can result in overeating, emotional eating and/or binges. Binge eating has nothing to do with lack of willpower or discipline. It is most commonly related to your body’s natural response to dieting and restricting in hopes to lose weight. At times where people do not engage in dieting, it can be a result of things such as mindless eating, inability to manage emotions, dysregulation, seeking comfort, and so on.

Treatment for binge eating / emotional eating can involve many things, however commonly includes:

  1. Identifying patterns.

  2. Identifying triggers.

  3. Eliminating emotional or physical restriction.

  4. Working through underlying emotions or traumas that accompany the binge eating or overeating.




With the right support, it is possible to overcome binge eating. You can live a fulfilling life, without being consumed by thoughts of food, guilt and shame.

You can feel normal around food again.

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