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Binge eating disorder is a relatively recently recognized disorder (it is sometimes referred to as compulsive overeating). Some researchers believe it is the most common of the eating disorders affecting millions of Americans. Almost everyone overeats on occasion, such as having seconds or thirds of a holiday meal. But for some people, overeating crosses the line to binge-eating disorder and it becomes a regular occurrence, shrouded in secrecy.
Similar to bulimia nervosa, those with binge eating disorder frequently consume large amounts of food while feeling a lack of control over their eating. However, this disorder is different from bulimia nervosa because people with binge eating disorder usually do not purge (i.e. vomiting, laxatives, excessive exercise, etc) their bodies of the excess food they consume during a binge episode.
When you have binge-eating disorder you often have numerous behavioral and emotional signs and symptoms, such as:
After a binge, you may try to diet or eat normal meals. But restricting your eating may simply lead to more binge eating, creating a vicious cycle.
The cause of binge-eating disorder is unknown. As with many mental illnesses, it's thought that a variety of factors are at play in binge-eating disorder, such as:
Factors that can increase the risk of developing binge-eating disorder are:
Suffers can develop psychological and physical problems related to binge eating, making you even more miserable and further reducing your quality of life.
Some of these complications can arise from being overweight as a result of frequent bingeing. Other complications may occur because of unhealthy eating habits. In addition, food consumed during a binge is often high in fat and low in protein and other nutrients, which could lead to health problems.
Complications that binge-eating disorder may cause or be associated with include:
Studies have found that people with binge eating disorder may find it harder than other people to continue in weight loss treatment. In addition, they may be more likely to regain weight quickly. These are some of the reasons that people with binge eating disorder require treatment that focuses on their binge eating before they try to lose weight. Further, even those who are not overweight are frequently distressed by their binge eating and may benefit from treatment.
There are several methods currently used to treat binge eating disorder.
Often those who have binge eating disorder suffer with the disorder for years, feel ashamed, depressed may feel very alone. It is important to recognize that you are not alone, there are millions like you and there are successful treatment options available for you.
To determine the type of treatment that is best suited for your situation call Rosewood 800.845.2211 to learn more about treatment options.