Is Your Love For Food Actually A Binge-Eating Disorder?

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How many of us can really resist getting seconds (or thirds) when grandma cooks her famous collard greens, pot roast and sweet potatoes? Not too many people that I know.

But, there is a thin line between eating and binge-eating disorder. The latter is a life-threatening disorder with several health risks.

READ: Eating Disorders: Do You Know The Warning Signs?

This week is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, and many people have never heard of binge-eating disorder, or BED. Yet, BED, is a very common thing – plaguing an estimated 2.8 million American adults. It’s also the most prevalent eating disorder for African Americans, a National Survey of American Life study found.

Here is a list of symptoms for binge-eating disorder:

READ: Black Celebrities Who’ve Struggled With Eating Disorders

  • Eating a larger portion of food than most people would eat within a two-hour period, or having no sense of control over the amount of food you eat
  • Eating until you feel too full or uncomfortable
  • Eating just to be eating – not because you’re actually hungry
  • Feeling too embarrassed by the amount of food you eat to dine with others
  • Feeling guilty about the amount of food you just ate

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