Binge Eating Disorder

By: james sameul

Binge eating disorder is characterized by compulsive overeating in which people consume huge amounts of food while feeling out of control and powerless to stop.

The key features of binge eating disorder are:

Frequent episodes of uncontrollable binge eating
Feeling extremely distressed or upset during or after bingeing
No regular attempts to "make up" for the binges through vomiting, fasting, or over-exercising.

What causes binge eating disorder?

No one knows for sure what causes binge eating disorder. As many as half of all people with binge eating disorder are depressed or have been depressed in the past. Whether depression causes binge eating disorder or whether binge eating disorder causes depression is not known.
Studies suggest that people with binge eating may have trouble handling some of their emotions. Many people who are binge eaters say that being angry, sad, bored, worried, or stressed can cause them to binge eat.

Symptoms of Binge Eating
Frequent episodes of eating abnormally large amounts of food.
Significantly impaired control over how what and how much is being eaten.
Eating large amounts of food even when not physically hungry.
Eating normally around others, but gorging when you're alone
Eating continuously throughout the day, with no planned mealtimes

What are the complications of binge eating disorder?

People with binge eating disorder may become obese, which can put people at risk for a variety of health problems, including:

Type 2 diabetes
High blood pressure
High blood cholesterol levels
Gall bladder disease
Heart disease
Certain types of cancer


Treatment of binge eating disorder

While there are many things you can do to help yourself stop binge eating, it's also important to seek professional support and treatment. Health professionals who offer treatment for binge eating disorder include psychiatrists, nutritionists, therapists, and eating disorder and obesity specialists.

Eat breakfast. Skipping breakfast often leads to overeating later in the day, so start your day right with a healthy meal. Eating breakfast also jump starts your metabolism in the morning. Studies show that people who eat breakfast are thinner than those who don't.
Avoid temptation. You're much more likely to overeat if you have junk food, desserts, and unhealthy snacks in the house. Remove the temptation by clearing your fridge and cupboards of your favorite binge foods.

Therapy for binge eating disorder

Cognitive-behavioral therapy - Cognitive-behavioral therapy focuses on the dysfunctional thoughts and behaviors involved in binge eating. One of the main goals is for you to become more self-aware of how you use food to deal with emotions. Your therapist may ask you to keep a food diary or a journal of your thoughts about eating, weight, and food.

Interpersonal psychotherapy - Interpersonal psychotherapy for binge eating disorder focuses on the relationship problems and interpersonal issues that contribute to compulsive eating. Your therapist will also help you improve your communication skills and develop healthier relationships with family members and friends.

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