Binge Eating Disorder

The National Institute of Mental Health or NIMH estimates that
approximately 30% of women who seek treatment to loose weight suffer from
Binge Eating Disorder (www.NIMH.gov.com). Binge Eating Disorder or BED is
characterized by individuals consuming large amounts of food even when full,
eating until uncomfortably full, eating large amounts of food even when not
hungry, having feelings of disgust, depression and guilt over overeating.
Individuals may suffer significant psychological distress but do not engage in
purging or exercising (www.NIMH.gov.com).
People with BED often engage in cycles of dieting followed by binge eating.
Often bingeing with food is a way to cope with stress that becomes a habit and
progresses to a way of life. Binge eating may also become a method for
avoiding emotional pain or threatening situations (www.mayoclinic.com).
The causes of BED are multifactorial and complex and are influenced by
biological and psychological factors. Causes may be due to mood disorders,
personality disorders, alterations in neurotransmitter activity, and hormonal
imbalances. Sociocultural influences or an abnormal satiety system may also
play a role (www.mayoclinic.com).
The risks associated with BED and obesity includes cardiovascular disease,
diabetes, difficulties breathing and certain types of cancer. Behavioral
modification, lifestyle changes and a strong support system can greatly
improve the quality of life of people with Binge Eating Disorder.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *