Binge Eating Disorder

Binge eating is becoming more and more common these days. With society’s focus on obesity, more and more people are watching their weight. Magazines portray extremely thin models, and an emphasis is often placed on appearances with size being the most noticeable. Starvation diets, liquid diets, and detox diets have been the craze for quite some time, and with those, there’s been an increase in eating disorders.

Binge eating is described as a disorder with which an affected person starves themselves or eats a very restrictive diet throughout the day, and then eats extensive amounts of food, normally in private. Candy, chips, and other junk foods are most frequently consumed, and this is most likely due to diet restrictions throughout the day. Binge eating is often combined with bulimia nervosa, a disorder with which a person binges and then expels food through the use of laxatives or vomiting. Although the binge eating disorder is more frequently noticed with teen girls and women in their twenties, it can affect virtually anyone. When combined with bulimia, binge eating can contribute to an array of serious health issues. Drastic weight loss is often experienced. The combination can be extremely dangerous, since most of the vitamins and nutrients found in foods are expelled before they have had a chance to be absorbed into a victim’s system, and the foods that are typically consumed are foods that are low in vitamins and nutrients anyway. Binge eating alone can cause severe obesity, chronic digestion problems, and various stomach ailments.

If left untreated, binge eating can result in hospitalization and even death. Some risk factors for developing binge eating disorder include obesity, anxiety, low self esteem, familial history of eating disorders, personal history of eating disorders, career choice, alcoholism, or other addictive personality problems. Treatment includes therapy, nutrition education, and medications.

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