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Binge Eating

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What is Binge Eating Disorder (BED)?

Binge eating disorder is characterized by repetitive episodes of uncontrollable binge eating that are followed by periods of distress.  

Causes

The cause of binge eating disorder has yet to be discovered.  Many researchers believe this disorder develops as a coping mechanism for unpleasant emotions such as sadness, boredom, or stress.  Research also shows that causes of this disorder could be related to genetics, gender, and emotional trauma.

Symptoms

  • Eating more rapidly than usual
  • Consuming food until uncomfortably full
  • Low self-esteem
  • Feelings of disgust or shame after eating
  • Consuming large amounts of food depsite not being hungry

Am I at risk?

A person may be at risk for developing binge eating disorder if:

  • A close family member has binge eating disorder
  • They have a history of dieting frequently
  • They have other mental health problems, such as depression or anxiety

Binge Eating At A Glance

  • People with BED are commonly overweight or obese.
  • BED is more prominent in those who have depression.
  • In the United States, around 5.6 million women, and 3.1 million men have this disorder.