Understanding Binge Eating Disorder

A binge eating disorder is a condition wherein a person has an uncontrollable compulsion to overeat. With this condition, people seem to make a habit of overeating that is followed usually by feelings of embarrassment of gorging food and vowing not to do it again. But the compulsion to eat is uncontrollable that people with the disorder tend to go back on the habit.

Causes of binge eating disorder

There are several known causes to binge eating disorders. Although there is no known specific cause as of yet, several factors may come into play. Some of these factors may include:

Psychological Issues. Certain psychological and emotional issues may come into a binge eating disorder in people. People with low self-esteem and those having trouble controlling their compulsions may easily develop the condition.

Biological Factors. Some people who develop a binge eating disorder seem to have problems stemming from certain biological and genetic errors. These biological factors tent to play a big role in making people overeat as a habit.

 Sociocultural Factors.  A culture that cultivates the idea of thin as beautiful tend to aid in developing binge eating disorder in people. Although most people who binge eat tend to be overweight, the pervading idea of being thin equated with beauty can make them feel guilty and helpless.

Symptoms of binge eating disorder

The main sign of a person having a binge eating disorder is the uncontrollable compulsion to eat. They tend to eat large amounts of food even at times when they already feel full.

Binge eaters also tend to eat rapidly and fall into the feeling of their eating getting out of control. This usually leads to depression and anxiety as a more serious complication of the disorder.

How binge eating disorder is diagnosed?

Although binge eating disorder is not yet classified as a mental disorder, some doctors believe that  it might be a distinct medical condition. In order to diagnose the disorder, doctors rely on taking a physical exam, a psychological evaluation and laboratory tests to determine if a person suffers from binge eating disorder.

How to prevent binge eating disorder?

There is no known means to prevent people from having binge eating disorder. But doctors believe that determining the early signs of the condition may help prevent or control the development of the disorder in people.

How binge eating disorder is treated?

Some of the treatment usually recommended for binge eating disorder includes psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy as well as dialectical behavior therapy to help patients overcome the psychological issues associated with the condition.

There are also certain medications that may be suggested but would not directly treat the condition. Drugs such as antidepressants,  anti-obesity medication and the like may help treat the symptoms of the disorder.


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