Binge Eating

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There are important differences from binge eating disorder from other eating disorders. While bulimics do binge, binge eaters don’t vomit or use laxatives to get rid their food. However, they do share acute shame, remorse and even disgust after their binges. This is the beginning of the eating disorder cycle that leads to the sinking  post-binge depression which typically brings on another binge for relief from the shame/guilt cycle.

The severity of binges can vary from thousands of calories in an excessive binge to a moderate binge. They physical effects can take their toll in several ways; excess weight, obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and musculoskeletal problems. The impact is two-fold on the mind and body and makes binge eating especially difficult to overcome alone.

Most obese people do not have binge eating disorder. However, of individuals with BED, up to two-thirds are obese; people who struggle with binge eating disorder tend to be of normal or heavier-than-average weight.

In the United States, 78 million adults and 12 million children (one in three people) are obese. More than 26 million have Type 2 diabetes and almost 80 million people are pre-diabetic. Without any change, and despite advances in medical research and treatments, the next generation of Americans is likely to die at younger ages than their own parents.

Obesity is evident when excess body fat accumulates that it has negative effects on health. At any age, obesity invites life-threatening diseases such as sleep apnea, heart disease, certain types of cancer, high blood pressure, asthma, and diabetes. Though obesity is sometimes connected with endocrine disorders and medication side effects, it is most often caused by unhealthy food choices, excessive calorie intake with little or no physical activity.

Obesity is sometimes related to Binge Eating, an eating disorder also called food addiction. Individuals who struggle engage frequent episodes of binge, or uncontrolled, eating – consuming food beyond fullness – and eating when they are not particularly hungry. They may consume up to 15,000 calories daily.  At extremes, they contribute to clinical depression, broken self-esteem and suicidal thoughts.

Binge Eating can lead to obesity but not all who are obese are Binge Eaters. If you or a loved one are obese and suffer from Binge Eating, seek help. Left untreated, compulsive overeating can lead to life-threatening diseases and dangerous mental health problems.