Adolescents who struggle with compulsive overeating (also known as binge eating) regularly consume large amounts of food in small amounts of time. A binging teen does not want to binge and yet the behavior is uncontrollable. Teens who binge feel an enormous amount of guilt following an episode. Sufferers of Binge Eating Disorder do not engage in compensatory behaviors in order to compensate for the amount of calories consumed.
Teens who binge are often overwhelmed with stress at school and from peers and often search desperate for ways to self soothe. Unfortunately, for many, food becomes a source of comfort. Our society casts a great deal of blame and shame on people who are overweight and obese and because of this, children who engage in binge eating often do so in secret. Keeping such a secret is a great burden and often generates more depression and anxiety than the teen was initially attempting to cope with.
Signs and Symptoms of Binge Eating Disorder
As a parent, it can sometimes be difficult to tell how much your child is struggling. In the case of over eating it is imperative that you are aware of the signs and symptoms to help you identify whether or not your child is overeating because treating this disorder is crucial. Untreated binge eating can cause a lifetime of pain, shame and suffering. Here is a list of eight warning signs that your child is struggling with compulsive overeating:
- Frequently eating large amounts of food in a short period of time
- Depression and Guilt
- Frequent bowel movements
- Involuntary vomiting
- Dental problems
- Irregular periods
- Abdominal bloating
Binge eating disorder is fully treatable and properly supported teens recover from BED and compulsive overeating every day. The key is seeking treatment as BED rarely improves on its own. With a structured and individualized treatment program designed by a team of experts in the field of teen mental health, clients are guided in exploring the underlying issues that lead to their use of food for comfort. They learn healthy ways to cope that do not involve causing harm to their body and mind.
We are here to help. With great expertise and understanding we will guide you and give you hope during this difficult time.
If you would like to discuss your child’s binge eating with us, please call at 888-948-9998.