- What is the eating disorder?
Binge eating has been recently recognized as a eating disorder.
- Who does it typically affect?
But it might be the most common eating disorders, especially in the US.
Binge eating disorder is usually found in children and early adulthood, but it can also develop later on.
- What are some major recognizable features of the disorder?
Common symptoms of binge eating disorder are:
Eating large amounts of foods rapidly, in secret and until uncomfortably full, even though they are not feeling hungry.
Cannot control themselves during binge eating.
Feelings of emotions , such as shame, disgust or guilt, when thinking about their binge-eating behavior.
No use of purging habits, such as calorie restriction, vomiting, excessive exercise or laxative use, to compensate for the binging.
- How does it affect the body?
People with binge eating disorder are often overweight or obese. This may increase their risk of medical complications linked to excess weight, such as heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes
- What are the causes of it?
Biological: hormonal irregularities or genetic mutations, may be associated with compulsive eating and food addiction.
Psychological: there is a link between depression and binge eating. Body dissatisfaction, low self-esteem, and difficulty coping with feelings can also contribute to binge eating disorder.
Social and Cultural: Social pressures to be thin, which are typically influenced through media, can trigger emotional eating. Persons subject to critical comments about their bodies or weight may be especially vulnerable to binge eating disorder.
- How can it be treated?
People with binge eating disorder regularly and uncontrollably consume large amounts of food in short periods of time. Unlike people with other eating disorders, they do not purge.