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What is a Binge Eating Disorder

Binge-eating disorder is a very serious eating disorder where one frequently consumes large amounts of food and feels powerless to stop eating.

Almost all of us will overeat on occasion. But for some of us, this is much more serious. For some, the excessive overeating and bingeing becomes a regular occurrence. If this is you, you may feel unable to control your bine-eating. This is when becomes a problem.

When you have a binge-eating disorder, you often feel embarrassed and commit to stop this overeating. But you feel such a compulsion to eat that you are unable to resist the urges to overeat.

The good news is that there is hope, and there is treatment available for you. At The Center • A Place of HOPE, we have experienced and qualified eating disorder professionals who will help you through your binge-eating, and guide you on the road to recovery.

Symptoms of Binge Eating

Many people who suffer with binge-eating disorder are overweight or obese. But you can have a normal weight, and a binge eating disorder is not necessarily characterized by being too heavy.

A binge-eating disorder is different from bulimia, as one wouldn’t normally try to get rid of the excess calories by vomiting, using laxatives or exercising excessively. Binge-eaters usually try to diet, or eat normal meals to try to lose weight. But this restricted diet sometimes leads to more binge-eating episodes.

Some of the common emotional and behavioral signs and symptoms of binge-eating disorder are:

  • Eating an unusually large amount of food in a small amount of time, like over a couple of hours
  • Feeling that you are unable to control your eating
  • Eating even when you are not hungry, or continuing to eat even if you feel full
  • Eating very quickly during a binge session
  • Frequently eating alone or secret eating
  • Feeling guilty, ashamed, disgusted or upset about your eating
  • Feeling depressed about your eating habits
  • Frequently dieting, possibly without losing any weight.Frequently dieting, possibly without losing any weight.

Binge-eating disorder can lead to some very serious health complications, both physical and emotional. People who have binge-eating disorder are more likely to suffer from stress, insomnia, and suicidal thoughts than those who don’t have an eating disorder.

Psychiatric disorders that have often been linked with binge-eating disorders are depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and substance abuse disorders.

One of the most common side effects of binge-eating disorder is obesity. Obesity is a serious condition, and some of the medical complications that are linked with binge-eating obesity are:

  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Type II Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Certain types of cancer
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Digestive and gastrointestinal problems
  • Severe fatigue

Causes of Binge Eating

Binge-eating disorder is more common in women, than in men. It is estimated to affect about 3% of the US population, which is around 10 million people.

There is still more research needed as to the cause of binge-eating disorders, but some of the contributing factors may be:

  • Genes – eating disorders tend to run in the family, so if your mother or grandmother binged, you are more likely to suffer with this disorder. This may indicate that inherited genes do increase your risk of developing an eating disorder.
  • Depression – if you are depressed, you are more likely to binge eat. About half of the people with binge-eating disorder, also suffer with depression. Research isn’t clear if depression causes binge-eating disorder or vice versa.
  • Low self- esteem – Often people who binge eat are unhappy with the way they look and often have a poor body image. Such low self-esteem can lead to binge-eating, but then is quickly followed by feelings of guilt and shame. These feelings can lead to more overeating.
  • Stress and anxiety – some people will overeat after they have gone through a stressful or traumatic event such as a divorce or losing a loved one. Emotional eating may be a temporary thing and may not be a true binge-eating disorder.

Treatment For Binge-Eating Disorder

There is help available if you feel you have a binge-eating disorder. It is important to find treatment from experienced binge eating licensed professionals.

A helpful tip you can try – although it is important to seek professional help – is to keep a food diary. This will help you learn when, where, and why you tend to binge eat. It will also help you see what else is going on around you that may be causing you to binge.

Eating regular meals throughout the day can help keep your blood sugar more stable, and help you to not feel hungry, which may lead to a binge.

You do not have to go through this alone. At The Center • A Place of HOPE, we know from experience that whole person care will address every area of your life, and help provide the best treatment tailored to you and your disorder.

Our assessments include fitness, medical health, nutritional health, family history and background, your career and your everyday hobbies and sports. This well-rounded approach to assessment and treatment can help us to ensure we are giving you the best level of care tailored to you, the individual.

Our eating disorder treatment team comprises of psychologists, registered nurses, medical doctors, psychologists, fitness professionals, counselors, nutritionists, and dietitians.

Treatment for binge-eating disorder often entails talk therapy like cognitive behavioral therapy or counseling, as well as maybe some medications especially if there is underlying anxiety or depression. But your health professional will prescribe the right treatments for you.

You are not alone, there is help available for you. Call us today at 888.771.5166 to get help. We are here for you.

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