Alyssa Mandel, LCSW, CEDS, is the founder of The Mandel Center of Arizona, a therapeutic treatment facility that focuses on complete physical, spiritual, and emotional healing for persons diagnosed with eating disorders. Alyssa Mandel has served as both president and vice president-elect of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals.
Binge eating disorder affects from 1 to 3 percent of the US population, usually in the over-25 age group. Binge eating disorder symptoms include episodes of over-eating in which the participant feels like there is no control over the eating behavior and feelings of shame and/or guilt regarding overeating. Persons with binge eating disorder are more likely to be obese because of the large intake of calories. Those with binge eating disorder do not purge or over-exercise, like those with anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa.
Symptoms of binge eating disorder include eating in private because of the shame associated with overeating, eating quickly in large amounts even if not hungry, and eating to the point of being uncomfortable. Other behaviors include hiding food wrappers, restrictive dieting with obsessive tendencies, and not allowing foods to touch each other on the plate. Binge eating disorder is a life-threatening disease that requires treatment from a therapist.