Eating Disorders

Binge eating disorder is an eating disorder characterized by binge eating. Large amounts of food are eaten during a seizure . Those affected often experience loss of control (the feeling of not being able to stop eating or of not having a handle on what quantities are being eaten).

The binge eating typically takes place in the absence of witnesses. Binge eating disorder It is usually eaten quickly, without feeling hungry and indiscriminately, consuming a much larger amount of food in a short time than healthy people would consume under similar conditions.

This is followed by feelings of guilt and shame as well as depressed moods. Binge eating differs from bulimia in the lack of the compensatory behavior typical of the latter (e.g. self-induced vomiting, abuse of laxatives and / or dehydrating agents) after the binge eating. Binge eating affects around two percent of the population. Most of the people with this eating disorder are overweight.

About twenty to forty percent of moderately to severely obese people who see a therapist about being overweight suffer from binge eating disorder. Binge eating is slightly more common in women than in men (ratio around 3: 2).

Overweight people with a binge eating disorder are often overweight earlier (in childhood) than “normal” obese people. Binge eating: causes The causes of binge eating are still unclear. Around half of those affected have suffered from depression at some point in their life . However, it is unclear whether the depression is the cause or the consequence of the eating disorder. ┬áMany sufferers report that feelings of fear, sadness, anger, boredom or other negative sensations trigger an eating attack.

The effect of dieting on the development of binge eating disorder is also still unclear. Various studies suggest that repeated strict diets (rigid control) can trigger binge eating. However, around half of those affected already suffer from binge eating before they start dieting. Binge Eating: Symptoms and Signs Many people sometimes overeat, and many get the impression that they have eaten more than they should. Just eating large amounts of food does not mean that someone also suffers from a binge eating disorder.

Regular episodes of binge eating, in which a far larger amount of food is consumed in a short period of time than other people would eat under similar conditions. Frequent feeling of loss of control (unable to control what or how much is eaten) during the binge eating. Have any of the following behaviors or feelings: Eat significantly faster than usual. Eating until you feel uncomfortable full. Ingestion of large amounts of food when there is no physiological hunger. Eating alone, out of shame about the amounts consumed.

After overeating, self-disgust, depression and / or guilt. Binge eating also occurs with bulimia. In contrast to people who suffer from binge eating, bulimics show purging behavior, fast or exercise excessively. These behaviors are “countermeasures” to increased calorie intake and are intended to counteract weight gain.

Such countermeasures are lacking in binge eating. Binge Eating: Consequences and Complications The main physical complications are secondary diseases of obesity : Type II diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure , cardiovascular diseases and dyslipidemia. Binge eating can also create emotional complications.

Those affected are very stressed by the disease. Many have already tried independently to reduce the binge eating, which has often only been successful for a short time. The stress and suffering of the eating disorder can mean that those affected can no longer meet their work or social obligations. Overweight people with binge eating disorder often feel bad because of their eating habits, are overly preoccupied with their weight and figure, and avoid social contacts. This withdrawal can lead to isolation. Most of them feel ashamed and try to hide their disorder from other people.

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