Binge eating and bulimia

Issues we can help you with

How do I know if I have bulimia?

You may have bulimia if you sometimes lose control and eat a lot of food in a very short amount of time (binging) and are then deliberately sick, use laxatives, restrict what you eat, or do too much exercise to try to stop yourself gaining weight. If you have an episode once a week over a period of 3 months, it would be recommended that you seek out professional help.

Facts and signs of bulimia

  1. Bulimia is a serious, potentially life-threatening eating disorder. 
  2. Episodes of bingeing followed by purging, often with high-fat and high-carbohydrate foods 
  3. You might be restricting your eating during the day, which often leads to more binge eating and purging. 
  4. Eating large amount of food in a short time, and then try to rid of extra calories in an unhealthy way, like vomiting, exercising excessively to burn calories, taking of laxatives. 
  5. You may experience guilt, shame, and an intense fear of weight gain from overeating. 
  6. You are preoccupied with weight and body shape, 
  7. You are highly self-critical harshly judge yourself for self-perceived flaws. 


How do I know if I have binge eating disorder?

You may have Binge eating disorder (BED) – when you regularly lose control of your eating, eat large portions of food all at once until you feel uncomfortably full, and are then often upset or guilty. A Fear of weight gain, fear of becoming fat, using body image and weight as identity and strict controlling of calorie intake can lead to an eating disorder.

If you have an episode of binge eating at least once a week over a period of 3 months, it would be recommended that you seek out professional help.


Facts and signs of binge eating disorder

  1. You experience a sense of lack of control over eating. 
  2. May eat quickly or eat more food than intended, even when you’re not hungry / continue eating even long after uncomfortably full. 
  3. Post binge guilt / disgust / shame 
  4. But not excessive exercise or purging, as in anorexia or bulimia. 
  5. Shame can lead to eating alone to hide bingeing. 
  6. Typically, a new round of bingeing occurs at least once a week. 

The evidence-based treatment we offer for binge eating and bulimia is called CBT-T (Waller et al.)

This treatment runs for 10 sessions and has been shown in research to be very effective in treating bulimia and binge eating disorder.

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