Besides the binge eating, individuals also tend to have depression, anxiety and frequently eat alone. The overwhelming feeling is one of disgust and a vow to lose weight. Unfortunately, any attempt to limit food intake often leads to more eating. Most people have no obvious signs or symptoms of binge eating and this behavior is often first noticed by the family indirectly- due to the lack of food in the home. Most individuals with binge eating syndrome are afraid to go to the doctor for fear of embarrassment.
Most times, it is the family who encourages the individual to seek help. It is vital to seek help because binge eating can seriously affect the quality of life. Like most things in psychiatry, the cause of binge eating is a mystery. Besides some chemical abnormality in the brain, this eating disorder is felt to occur because of some type of emotional trauma. Other contributing factors to this disorder include living in a society which promotes excessive thinness and bad genes.