Compulsive Overeating vs. Binge Eating Disorder

Overeating vs. Binge Eating
Most people have had times when they overeat, especially during holidays, birthdays or other special occasions. Binge eating disorder isn’t the same as occasional overeating.

If you find that you constantly overeat and you feel like you can’t stop even if you are uncomfortably full, you may have Binge Eating Disorder and may need help by talking to a specialist

Symptoms of Binge Eating Disorder:

If you are concerned that you may have binge eating disorder, watch for the following symptoms:

  • You eat more food than other people do in the same situation.
  • You feel like you can’t control how much you eat.
  • You feel very ashamed, disgusted and sad after you binge eat.
  • You often eat alone to hide this behavior from family and friends.
  • You routinely binge eat at least once a week for 3 months or longer

Who is at Risk of having Binge Eating Disorder?

Eating Disorder
Anyone can develop binge eating disorder, regardless of race, sex, age or weight. Women are slightly more likely to have it, but men can also get it. Teens are also at risk of developing binge eating disorder.

People with emotional or mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and substance abuse may have Binge Eating Disorder as a result of using food to cope with these issues.

What Causes Binge Eating Disorder?

Eating Disorder
Experts aren’t exactly certain what causes eating disorders.  They believe it could be a number factors including a person’s genetics, heredity, psychology, and social background. Dieting may also lead to binge eating disorder. Stressful or traumatic life events, such as divorce or the death of a loved one may also lead to Binge Eating Disorder.

Getting Treatment

If you think you might have binge eating disorder, it is possible to get successful treatment. The first step is getting a diagnosis by a doctor or other health professional. They will ask questions about your eating habits, emotional health, body image, and feelings toward food and help you with the next steps which may be a prescription for anti-depressants and/or meeting with a psychiatrist or other counselor to work through emotional issues.

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