What is binge eating disorder?
Binge eating disorder is a scientifically medical term for a simple behavior pattern – uncontrollably eating. Simply put, if you feel like you can’t control yourself when you’re eating, that’s binge eating disorder. If you think about food most of the day, that’s binge eating disorder. If you eat in secret, you eat as a way to escape the normal boring and stressful life, you want to stop eating but you can’t and you also feel unpleasant about yourself, then it’s binge eating disorder.
Surprisingly, binge eating disorder is common. People may suffer it from time to time. However, if you aren’t aware of its presence early, then there are consequences. Obesity is often one of them.
How common is binge eating disorder?
This health condition is extremely common. It can affect patients at any age. It can be managed by reducing your risk factors. Please discuss with your doctor for further information.
What are the symptoms of binge eating disorder?
You will have binge eating disorder, if:
- You can’t stop eating and eat a lot.
- You can’t control what you eat.
- You still want to eat when you’re full.
- You stock food.
- You feel like eating is the only way to feel better. But then, you feel bad, like embarrassed or guilty.
- You keep craving for food.
- You feel bad about your weight.
There may be some symptoms not listed above. If you have any concerns about a symptom, please consult your doctor.
When should I see my doctor?
If you have any signs or symptoms listed above or have any questions, please consult with your doctor. Everyone’s body acts differently. It is always best to discuss with your doctor what is best for your situation.
What are the causes of binge eating disorder?
There are some causes of binge eating disorder that you could have:
- A mental disorder of eating;
- A genetic factor;
- Body-shaming obsession;
- The social and cultural influence;
- Low self-esteem;
What increases my risk for binge eating disorder?
Some risk factors could increase your condition, such as:
- Mental health;
- The genetic factor.
Diagnosis & treatment
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. ALWAYS consult with your doctor for more information.
How is binge eating disorder diagnosed?
The doctor will ask about your diet history and how long you have felt like this to find out the reasons. Also, some medical tests may be required.
How is binge eating disorder treated?
There are three effective methods in the treatment of binge eating disorder that your doctor may recommend, these are:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). This method helps the patient aware of the thoughts and feelings of their own, thereby affecting their behavior.
- Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT). This method focuses on the relationship between the patient and the family members, friends, colleagues.
- Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). This method of training focused on self-regulation skills or emotional behavior of patients.
In addition, group therapy sessions which are led by an expert also had positive effects for patients.
Lifestyle changes & home remedies
What are some lifestyle changes or home remedies that can help me manage binge eating disorder?
The following lifestyles and home remedies might help you cope with binge eating disorder:
- Since the problem originates mostly from your mind, then being aware that you have the problem and start changing yourself is your best option.
- Most of the time your craving comes emotionally, so try to distinguish what the real hunger is. Then, stick with your diet schedule, like 3 meals a day with a little snack in the afternoon.
- Moreover, when the craving comes, you can take a deep breath, then ask yourself why you should eat now, why not later, why this food, why this moment, how you are feeling. Going through all these questions will lessen your appetite, so no more eating.
- Ideally, making a healthy lifestyle also works. Exercise, sleep, or talk with other binge eating disorder help a lot. It makes you feel fresher every day and that you are not alone.
If you have any questions, please consult with your doctor to better understand the best solution for you.
Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnose or treatment.
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Review Date: November 24, 2016 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017