Understanding Binge Eating Disorder
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Understanding Binge Eating Disorder

Understanding Binge Eating Disorder

Binge-eating disorder is a severe eating disorder where you regularly consume abnormally large portions of food. Just about everyone overeats occasionally, such as enjoying seconds or perhaps thirds of a holiday dinner. However for some people, overindulging crosses the line to binge-eating disorder and it turns into a common event, surrounded by secrecy.

If you have binge-eating disorder, you most likely are greatly ashamed of gorging and promise yourself to stop. However, you feel such a compulsion that you cannot fight the urges.

Following a binge, you might make an effort to diet or eat normal meals. However restricting your diet might result in more binge eating, developing a vicious cycle.

Its possible you have no noticeable bodily signs or symptoms if you have binge-eating disorder. You could be overweight or obese, or perhaps you might be of a normal weight.

Individuals with binge-eating disorder could possibly have inherited genetics that made them more prone to developing an eating disorder. Additionally, brain chemicals may possibly be altered in those with binge-eating disorder.

Psychological and emotional conditions may additionally be a factor in binge-eating disorder. You might have low self -esteem and difficulty preventing impulsive behaviors, controlling emotions or expressing rage.

Specific habits and emotional troubles are more frequent for those who have binge-eating disorder. Much like bulimia, you might behave impulsively and experience a reduction in control over your behavior. You might have a medical history of clinical depression or substance abuse. Binge eaters might have difficulty dealing with traumatic situations, frustration, sadness, boredom and fear.

Binge-eating disorder is not yet formally categorized as a psychological disorder, and not all specialists agree on whether or not it should be. Binge eating is comparable to bulimia nervosa, an additional eating disorder, and several experts believe it could be a type of bulimia. But unlike individuals with bulimia that attempt to rid themselves of the added calories following a binge by vomiting, frequent exercise or some other means, individuals with binge-eating disorder do not attempt to purge themselves of the extra calories they ingest. That is why many individuals with binge-eating disorder are obese.

The objectives for treating binge-eating disorder are to minimize eating binges, to enhance your psychological well-being and to manage your weight. Since binge eating is extremely entwined with humiliation, poor self-image, self-disgust as well as other negative feelings, therapy must target these and other psychological troubles.

Cognitive behavioral therapy may enable you to cope better with problems that might result in binge-eating episodes, including negative feelings regarding your physique or a depressed emotional state. This may also provide a better sense of control over your habits and eating patterns. However, cognitive behavioral therapy has not been proven useful in reducing weight. So if you are overweight, you will need supplemental treatment.

There is no medication exclusively intended to treat binge-eating disorder. However, various types of medication have been determined to be useful in decreasing the symptoms of binge-eating disorder. Pairing treatments with medications could be more efficient than either treatment on it's own.

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Good and smart information on a sensitive subject. Promoted since I am out of votes.

I echo Roberta's praise. A great piece on a hard topic. Great work, JJ.