This week is Eating Disorders Awareness Week. From March 1st to the 7th, many charities and organisations campaign to highlight and help people understand binge eating disorder. This is the least understood eating disorder, but it can cause a lot of distress. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

If you control how much you eat or what you eat, you could have an eating disorder. If you have a strong urge to eat and make yourself sick, again, you could have an eating disorder. 

What is Binge Eating Disorder?

Binge eating disorder involves someone regularly eating a lot of food. In some cases, people will binge eat until they are uncomfortably full. Some binges are planned in advance, and the individual is usually alone. They might consume certain foods when they are binge eating and they can fill ashamed or guilty afterwards. 

Usually beginning in the late teens or early 20s, both women and men can suffer from this type of eating disorder. 

You can find information about the causes and symptoms of eating disorders here

Getting Help 

You can get help for eating disorders in Selby and the surrounding areas. If you think you might suffer from any type of eating disorder, please speak to your doctor as soon as possible. 

Your doctor will ask you a few questions about your eating habits, your overall health, and they might also check your weight. If your doctor thinks you have an eating disorder, they could ask you to see an eating disorder specialist. 

Admitting that you need help can be hard so you might want to take a friend or a loved one with you to your doctor’s appointment. 

You can also speak to someone from an eating disorders charity such as Beat. 

Beat’s adult helpline: 0808 801 0677

Beat’s youth helpline: 0808 801 0711

Most people will recover from binge eating disorder. The right type of treatment and support can make the world of difference. However, recovery can take time. 

Treatments for Binge Eating 

The most common treatments for binge eating include cognitive behavioural therapy and self-help programmes. If you also suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, anxiety, or social phobia, you might be asked to take antidepressants. However, antidepressants should not be the only treatment someone receives for binge eating disorder. 

 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk