How to know if you have binge eating disorder

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You have problems with food but you’re not sure if you have binge eating disorder? If it’s beyond your control, it’s a sign that you may have a problem there. Here I’m going to show you signs of binge eating, food addiction or overeating.

Let’s look at some signs of a binge eating disorder.

One of the characteristics of binge eating is some inner beliefs about ourselves that cause patterns of compulsive behaviors around food. All binge eaters share these beliefs in common, at least one of them. These beliefs come from bad experiences around food or bodyweight that form emotional reactions that the person eases through food. These beliefs bring discomfort that you can only get rid of by eating.

Main negative beliefs signs of binge eating

Let’s look at some beliefs that may hinder you and they’re manifestations as behavior to know if you have a binge eating disorder. Be sensitive to your emotions and if any of these examples cause a reaction within you, it’s a sign that there is an issue there. Note it in a journal and keep reviewing it often for it to go away.

Lack of self-forgiveness, guilty feelings.

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This is the pattern of feeling guilty about your behaviors and making yourself feel bad, which causes you to eat more because the reason you eat is that you feel bad. This is probably the most certain sign that you can know if you have a binge eating disorder because it’s shared by most binge eaters.

This goes out of control when it gets into your mental chatter. You become guilty of what you pay attention to and what you think. As you make yourself feel bad from within, binge eating develops.


  • You feel disgusted with yourself, depressed, or guilty after eating more than expected.
  • During binge eating experiences, you feel that you can’t stop eating.
  • A snack becomes a binge after you began to guilt yourself and regret how much you ate.

Lack of self-acceptance, you don’t like your body.

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Lack of self-acceptance is when a person doesn’t like they’re body and don’t believe it can change it. Reacting to feelings of inability to change their body weight in a negative way is the common sign of lack of self-acceptance. Not accepting your body, feelings or anything keeps those feelings of helplessness continuing longer and longer, that’s why binge eating now may even feel part of who you are. After a while, a person considers itself helpless to change because of how they experienced previous weight loss attempts. But the issue, in reality, is their lack of acceptance, of themselves, of temporary setbacks, of their bodies and their emotions.

This is probably the second most shared issue among binge eaters, it’s a big sign to know if you have a binge eating disorder.


  • The thought of having a big appetite gives you anxiety.
  • The worse you feel about yourself and your appearance, the more you use food to cope. And it becomes a vicious cycle. Your binge eating episodes cause you great concern.
  • You worry about what other people think about your body.

Low self-worth, your body can’t tolerate the temporary shift to become better tomorrow.

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If you’ve attempted to change or to control yourself and seems like you’re trying to pull a giant ball up a mountain, then you may have low self-worth. Self-worth is a feeling of power from within, it’s how we view ourselves that general the feelings to get us there. When we experience unbearable stress trying to change ourselves, is because of our low self-worth. This sign is very common among people that have binge eating.

On the other hand, an increased sense of self-worth is a very common pattern seen in people that have breakthroughs in weight loss and health. Is what happened to me also when I lose weight, you can read it here. (in “how your self-image screws your weight loss progress”).

Low self-worth comes from feelings of disappointment are in your subconscious. The subconscious generates every one of your thoughts and perceptions beyond our will, so you can’t perceive beyond it. Unless you deal with these feelings through self-acceptance you cannot shift into thoughts empowering thoughts that move your emotions to a better place.


  • Feel angry, anxious, or worthless before the binge.
  • The periods of attempting to stop binge eating destroy you.

You’re uncomfortable with your life. overthinking, mindless eating.

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Feelings of discomfort are common in your life. You judge things around you as undesired, including your body. This discomfort generated from within you then becomes very uncomfortable and you scape it through food. Something bad happens in your life or may happen in the past you still cannot accept. This is the realm of depression, anxiety, and trauma


  • You can’t keep your favorite food in the house without eating it all in one sitting.
  • You experience feelings of stress or anxiety that can only go away by eating.
  • Eating large amounts of food when not feeling hungry.
  • You eat faster than normal.
  • Eating when you’re not hungry.

You’re afraid that others judge you or what they think of you.

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You feel observed and judged and have low self-confidence. You have little social life and friends and you don’t hang out much because of your insecurities. You may also choose clothes that cover the parts of you you’re not happy about.


  • Eating alone because of feeling embarrassed by how much I’ve been eating.
  • hide your eating behaviors from loved ones.
  • You avoid meeting people to eat together.
  • hoard food or hide empty food containers.

You’re a control freak.

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Your very restrictive with food, you give yourself little foods throughout the day, which ends up causing binge eating at night. Constantly going from diet to diet, and you label certain foods as good or bad are some signs of binge eating control freaks.

This restriction then causes bad foods to become extremely stimulating at sight, sometimes just by thinking about them. Then you go into a compulsive mode and binge without control.


  • Stockpiling food to consume secretly at a later time
  • Diet, skip meals or eat very little to make up for binges
  • eating more when you restrict how much you eat
  • eat more food than planned at a meal
  • Big binge relapses occur with the same frequency (for example you can go beyond a week without binging)

You live in the past. Multitasking, over-thinker eater.

You often feel irritated by things and very impulsive. You often eat while overthinking or multitasking (in front of the tv of the smartphone). When you eat you’re not really tasting or enjoying your food, eating for you is like a glimpse of comfort in a mind saturated from negative thought.

  • You feel so full you need to take a breather before your next bite.
  • Eating until feeling uncomfortably full.
  • You don’t fully experience or even enjoy the meal you’re taking.
  • You binge eat while being worried about something.

Some tips

If you have some of these signs, you may have a binge eating disorder, and probably because of the belief that preceded it. To see some things you can do now, check out one of my posts on whatever you need help with as it relates to binge eating.

What I recommend you to get a journal, and when you feel bad to write what do you feel and what does it mean. When you notice unconscious triggers, they lose their power over you. And one by one you will cause your cravings to weaken.

Another recommendation is to eat with your complete attention, don’t avoid eating but eat with your whole attention. Eat slowly, chewing well and time with every one of your senses. As we see before binge eaters don’t even enjoy their bites, it’s beneficial for you to do so.

Schedule a meeting with a therapist to really know if you have a binge eating disorder and to take measurements so you can heal it. Here are the forms of therapy that had cause more success in beating binge eating according to science.

Best therapies for binge eating.

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CBT (Cognitive-behavioral therapy), it’s about based on identifying the thoughts that make you binge. Every one of your emotions comes from thoughts that evaluate the situation. When you’re not aware of these thoughts, they control your emotions and make you binge eat. As you identify these thoughts, then you can control your emotions and choose where to go by what you think.

Interpersonal psychology (IPT), this therapy is about taking inventory of your life and relationships to identify areas that make you feel bad. IPT tells you that you’re using food to cope with the discomfort of daily life and relationships. As you resolve, some of your thoughts about them the discomforts go down, thus the cravings and the binges.


I hope this has helped you know if you have a binge eating disorder, and what beliefs are to blame for it. With the awareness of your thoughts and emotions through journaling, awareness of the experience of eating and a therapist in one of the recommended therapies for binge eating disorders you’re close to being free. 

Let me know what do you think in the comments below, and let me know how well this works out for you!

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