People who have binge eating disorder sometimes feel embarrassed and ashamed, as if they are the only ones who deal with the disorder. This thinking is incorrect. In truth, millions of people around the world have binge eating disorder. It’s time society discusses it without fear, shame, or hesitation.
What exactly is binge eating disorder?
Binge eating disorder is a disorder in which people eat very large quantities of food at certain times. These individuals often feel quite out of control while eating these large amounts of food. These eating events are called binges.
Binge eating differs from overeating. Almost all people overeat from time to time, such as at holiday meals, etc. However, “For some people, overeating crosses the line to binge eating disorder and it becomes a regular occurrence, usually done it secret.”
Why do people develop this eating disorder?
As with any illness, people develop binge eating disorder for varieties of reasons. Some of these reasons might include…
– Emotional Problems – Did you know that around 50 percent of all binge eaters deal with depression? This statistic should tip us off that binge eating disorder could definitely be encouraged by emotional problems.
– Mishandled Emotions – If a person has emotional problems but does not have the tools to properly handle them, what will that person do? Mishandle them. Part of this mishandling can include eating to relieve emotional duress. This can turn into binge eating, and eventually may lead to binge eating disorder.
– Genes – It’s possible that this disorder might be caused by genetics, brain chemistry, etc. Researchers are seeking more information about this.
– “Dieting” – Leading a lifestyle of deprivation dieting can lead to bingeing. Over time, regular bingeing may lead to binge eating disorder.
What are some tell-tale signs of binge eating disorder?
Eating without being truly hungry, eating in seclusion, “feeling disgusted, depressed, or guilty after overeating,” eating until over-full, and eating very quickly can all be signs of binge eating disorder.
Does any of this sound familiar to you? Do you frequently binge eat?
If so, know that you are not alone, nor are you crazy or void of self-control. You may be dealing with binge eating disorder, and thankfully, it is something you can receive treatment for. Talk to your physician, psychiatrist, or phycologist about your concerns. As always, feel free to share your thoughts with us here on the Disability Living blog — we are listening.
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