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Binge Eating Disorder: The Facts

Binge eating disorder or Compulsive Eating Disorder is where you consume consequential amounts of food in a very short period of time, usually for every meal. It’s understandable to eat seconds or even thirds when it comes to special occassions once in a while. This disorder is where you eat copious amounts of food not only once, but all of the time. There are, of course, several different extremes to this disorder but with help and guidance everyone has a chance of gaining back their lives with use of a good diet.

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  • Eating abnormal amount of food
  • Eating when you are full or even when you are not hungry
  • Having multiple binge episodes
  • Eating until you are uncomfortably full
  • Frequently eating alone, coinciding with the massive amount of food
  • Getting a feeling that your eating is uncontrollable
  • Feeling depressed, ashamed or guilty about your eating
  • Feeling isolated or alone
  • Frequently dieting without weight loss
  • Losing or gaining weight repeatedly

If you have any of these symptoms or multiple symptoms, it is always recommended to seek medical help as soon as possible.

If you believe a loved one matches any of these symptoms—“A person with binge-eating disorder can become an expert at hiding behavior, making it hard for others to detect the problem. If you have a loved one you think may have symptoms of binge-eating disorder, have an open and honest discussion about your concerns. You can offer encouragement and support and help your loved one find a qualified doctor or mental health provider and make an appointment. You may even offer to go along.”–MayoClinic.org


Nobody truly knows the exact reasoning behind this specific eating disorder. There are influences such as psychological influences such as stress or depression, family trauma, family history of binge-eating disorder, or long-term dieting.

Binge eating often begins in the early twenties.

Complications that may be caused by, or linked with, binge-eating disorder include:

  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Insomnia
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Gallbladder disease and other digestive problems
  • Heart disease
  • Some types of cancer
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Menstrual problems

binge-eating-disorder1-300x268Before your appointment you should write down everything you have been eating, how often and how much you eat. This will give your doctor or psychologist a better understanding of what steps to take next. Any contributing factors you think caused the eating disorder are also extremely significant, so write that down as well. Make a list of any medications that you are taking–this could contribute as well. Something as simple as a side effect from a medication you have been taking for years could make a difference between your recovery back to a healthier you. Ask someone close to you to come with you to your doctors appointment, added stress or anxiety may cause another urge to eat too much.

Having someone to support you if you sink back into old habits or if you have a bad day can make a huge difference. If you feel like there is no one to help contact your doctor immediately and tell them. Communication is definitely a big factor for getting through this disorder. Like any eating disorder there are too many risks that out-weigh the substantial amount of food. Take your first step today, and once you get comfortable with your diet then get back into the gym and continue to excercise.


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