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Binge Eating Behaviors

Binge eating disorder, also referred to as BED, is an eating abnormality officially recognized as a medical diagnosis.

Statistically, about 2% of people in the world have binge-eating disorders of some kind. BED is linked to other diet-related issues like diabetes and overt cholesterol levels.

There is a common misconception that feeding disorders involve food alone. It may come as a surprise to learn that binge-eating is also medically classified as a psychiatric disorder. This is because eating disorders can result from other psychological conditions like depression, anxiety, and grief.

Eating disorders are a serious affliction that greatly affects every facet of the affected person’s life, from social to emotional and physical. Because of this, it is best to identify an eating disorder as early as possible. This way, the affected person can gain access to efficient treatment that increases the quality of their life.

How does BED manifest?

A person with BED eats large portions of food in very short spells. This condition is different from that of people with a fast metabolism or a perpetually large appetite. People with BED are physically incapable of stopping to feed. In addition, a person with BED does not display compensatory behavior such as overexercising and self-induced vomiting after they binge eat.

A variety of reasons causes BED, reasons that differ from individual to individual. Sometimes, binge-eating can be traced to certain genetic inclinations. At other times, it is a combination of cultural, social, and environmental factors.

There is no single factor that determines the occurrence of BED in populations. It affects people of different genders, cultures, and localities.

A person affected with a binge-eating disorder will display any of the following characteristics:

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Frequent eating episodes

Binge-eaters typically consume large amounts of food in spells of less than two hours. Medically speaking, a person has to experience a binge-eating episode a minimum of once weekly for three months. When this happens, the eating becomes uncontrollable.

Strange eating habits

People afflicted with BED have various irregular eating habits. For instance, they eat even when they aren’t physically hungry, when they feel uncomfortable, and when they aren’t. Such people also tend to eat quickly.

Feelings of shame and guilt

This is one of the psychological effects of binge-eating. They begin to feel psychological discomfort and shame about their eating volume and pattern. Binge-eating occurs in periods of anger, stress, distress, loneliness, and boredom. This is because such people tend to turn to excessive eating to cope with the overwhelming negative feelings.

But then, binge-eating only worsens the situation because shame and depression set in afterward. Also, an individual’s deep-set feelings on their body shape and weight can lead to binge-eating.

Body Weight

Statistically, more than half of the people struggling with different forms of binge-eating disorders are obese. In fact, 23-50% of people looking for weight loss surgeons and surgery are medically diagnosed with BED. Bodyweight is both a causal factor and the result of BED.

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