Binge Eating Disorder

binge eatingDo you have an episodes of uncontrollable eating? If you do, then you are probably suffering from Binge Eating Disorder. This kind of condition is also called compulsive overeating, which involves consumption of excessive amount of food.

People who do binge eating are commonly depressed about their physical appearances, maybe due to being overweight or obese. They also doesn’t show this kind of behavior from others because they mainly fear of discrimination and criticisms or just being ashamed of themselves.

Every binge eating meal are often followed by guilt of feelings of shame. Sometimes, this disorder is combined with other eating disorder called Bulimia, an eating habit who purge their food after consumption.

Experts believes that people binge because they uses food as an escape goat to feel more relax, satisfaction and avoid emotional distress such as insecurities, failure and other life challenges. Because of this, their habit of overeating causes disgust, shame and guilt. People with binge eating disorder are commonly overweight people, most of them are obese teenagers with very low self esteem.

Causes of Binge Eating Disorder

There are no concrete scientific evidence that binge eating disorder can be caused by a specific origin. The exact causes are unknown and unclear. Medical field are focusing more on biological factors, family history, dieting experiences and of course, psychological issues. Experts are first looking on these four aspects when diagnosing a suspected binge eater. Other risks factors are being a teenager and gender. Females have higher risks of developing this kind of condition than men with a 60% to 40% ratio.

Binge Eating Disorder Symptoms

Binge eating disorder has no exact physical signs or symptoms because anyone can have this condition, even those who have normal weight. You can diagnose this eating disorder by focusing on different behavioral and emotional symptoms such as eating alone, consuming large amounts of food, fast eater, eating even your full or not hungry or any unusual eating behavior.

Other reported symptoms are being upset or disgusted about eating, depressive episodes or anxiety, difficulty socializing with others, yo-yo dieting (losing and gaining weight) and continuous dieting without weight loss success.

A binge eater may also eat normal meals or may try different diets. But this only leads to more binge eating which creates an unhealthy eating cycle.

How to Treat Binge Eating Disorder?

If you feel you have these symptoms, you have to immediately consult professional help. Binge eating disorder can successfully be treated with the help of a medical professionals. Unfortunately, this condition won’t get treated by itself and will get more worse if ignored.

Talk to your physician or if possible, a mental health expert about your symptoms. Talking to someone like your family or friends about your condition can greatly help overcome this eating disorder. In contrast, if you know someone in your family or friends who is a binge eater, talk to him directly and offer some encouraging or inspirational advice which is a first step to ensure successful treatment.

Conclusion

Binge Eating Disorder is a mental condition that needs immediate treatment. If left untreated, it will lead to serious health risks including psychological behavior and emotional instabilities leading to stress, anxiety and severe depression. Consult your doctor if you have any behavioral signs of this condition.

It is time for you to share your opinion regarding this disorder. If you are currently suffering, suspecting that you are a binge eater or if you already overcome being a binge eating individual, commenting your experiences below will help you and others overcome this condition. Let start a healthy eating conversation right now!

Reference:

www.helpguide.org

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