Binge Eating Disorder: More than Just Eating a Lot

Young depressed girl with eating disorder at wooden tableChristmas season is just around the corner, and most people would have parties here and there. Shifting away from your diet by eating more than the usual is something common. Binge eating disorder is different.

The good news? One can get treatment of binge eating disorder. All you need to do is seek help. For starters, it is important to understand the condition to evaluate whether or not you might be suffering from it.

What is binge eating disorder?

Getting another slice of cake when you know that you have had your fill is not eating disorder, but eating 10 more slices when you are aware that you are already full after eating five plates of a buffet is.

Experts describe binge eating disorder as the uncontrolled eating of huge portions of food regardless of whether one is hungry or not.

Often, a person who has the condition stuffs up on food and feels guilty afterwards. But unlike anorexia and bulimia, binge eaters do not find a way to “remove” the food from their body. Instead, binge eaters find more solace in food. Feeling depressed, disgusted and ashamed are also common for binge eaters.

What are its causes?

Scientists cannot yet explain the causes this condition, except they are in unison that it afflicts more women than men. They look into depression as a possible cause, but no conclusive findings yet.

The risk of developing this eating disorder also increases when a person is obese or overweight. Sufferers also experience mood swings.

What are the treatment options?

Most doctors will agree that it is not all willpower, but medications do help. If you or someone you know suffers from binge eating disorder, it would be better to seek treatment from a facility that specializes in these kinds of conditions.

Binge eating disorder is one of those afflictions that you need to nip in the bud before it gets out of hand. Help is always available, but you need to be willing to accept the assistance and address the condition.

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