Binge Eating Disorder: An Overview
Binge-eating disorder is a very serious disorder where the person frequently consumes high amounts of food. The person is unable to stop eating, in fact, he or she feels that stopping is not an option. This is not simple overeating; this is eating to a point that is out of control. It is a daily activity, not restricted to the big holiday meals. Many people are embarrassed by the amount of food consumed in the face of this disorder, and want to stop. However, many people cannot stop without help.
The emotional and behavioral signs and symptoms include:
- Feeling that eating is out of control
- Eating after being full
- Eating a large amount of food in a short amount of time
- Eating rapidly and binging
- Hiding food intake and eating alone
- Harboring negative feelings regarding eating so much
- Dieting frequently with no results.
- Seeking Help
Any symptoms of binge-eating disorder should be taken to a doctor. This disorder does not get better by itself, despite the best efforts of its sufferers to try to reverse it. It is more likely to get worse without treatment. Talk to your doctor and a mental health provider about the issue to get the full range of care and help. If professional help is not possible, talk to someone who can help you talk through the issue, such as friends, family, clergy, teachers, or a trusted confidante.
What if My Loved One is Suffering?
If you notice a loved one is showing symptoms, get ready for secrets. A binge eater is an expert at hiding food and habits so others cannot discover his or her secret. Approach the loved one and have an open, honest conversation about how you feel. Provide encouragement and offer support. Offer to listen and help find a doctor to handle the situation.
Remember that the causes are unknown, but psychological issues, family history, and long-term dieting are possible reasons for the disorder. Discover the risk factors and try to help anyone with these factors:
- Family History
- Psychological Issues
- Consistent Dieting over a Long Period of Time
- Age – younger people are more susceptible
Eating disorders are often the most difficult to discover, so there could be permanent physical damage. However, finding the source of the disorder and helping to remove that source is the first step toward a healthier person.
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