BINGE EATING DISORDER
Do you know that the large amount of food you eat or the overly excessive desire to eat is usually not considered normal and could be associated with a disorder known as Binge Eating?
Here, I will be talking you through What Binge Eating is, how and when it’s a disorder, causes, and possible ways you can curb it to live a healthier and fit life.
What Is Binge Eating?
According to the Oxford dictionary, Binge Eating is defined as the consumption of large quantities of food in a short period, typically as part of an eating disorder.
Eating disorders can occur as a result of an abnormality of the brain’s hypothalamus gland or any other medical condition. This eating disorder can contribute to High Blood Pressure, Weight gain, diabetes, and heart diseases.
Other eating disorders are characterized by unhealthy behaviors and that are associated with food or eating, such as, overeating (Binge) and starving (anorexia).
Unlike a person with bulimia (A eating disorder), after a binge, you don’t regularly compensate for extra calories eaten by vomiting, using laxatives, or exercising excessively. You may try to diet or eat normal meals. But restricting your diet may simply lead to more binge eating.
The severity of the binge-eating disorder is determined by how often episodes of bingeing occur during a week.
The causes of eating disorders are unknown. However, They can be linked to the following:
- Biological factors,
- Long-term dieting, and
- Psychological issues
The known Psychiatric disorders that have links to binge eating include;
- Bipolar disorder
- Substance use disorders
Symptoms and When to Seek Help
Seek medical help as soon as you notice the following symptoms which are indicators
- Eating a large quantity of food within a short period
- Lack of control of the quantity of food and what you eat
- Eat until you feel uncomfortably full
- Consuming large amounts of food even when you are not hungry
- Eating alone because you are embarrassed about the amount of food you eat
- Feel disgusted, depressed, or guilty after overeating
- Weight loss Management program – Eating disorder associated with weight gain can be curbed with; a weight-loss program that helps develop a structured eating plan and address problem thoughts, particularly about eating and weight.
- Look After your Emotional Needs: Emotions can trigger binge eating, sometimes the dependence on food can be found as a coping mechanism.
This might mean not living life in line with what you truly value, or making out time for connection or living a purposeful life. As well as, not eating a nutrition-based meal, exercising and not getting enough sleep. All these could lead to situations where people become vulnerable to binging
When Binge eating is linked to a psychiatric disorder, it can be managed medically with antidepressants and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
Binging is not inherently bad, but if they are causing distress, recovery is possible.