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What is Binge eating disorder? (BED)


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The feeling of overeating will be familiar to many, especially during the festive period. However, those who suffer from binge eating do not do so for pleasure. Binge eating is a disorder that sees sufferers feel out of control. Although some connection can be made with obese people, anyone can suffer from the condition.

There is no one cause behind binge eating. Some people may experience trouble with their emotions, or they may feel like they’re not in control other ways. Binge eating disorder can often be confused with bulimia, the main difference is that those who suffer from binge eating disorder do not look for ways to get rid of the food after for fear of weight gain.

This means that the health effects of those who suffer from binge eating disorder can be just as detrimental as the ones suffered by those with bulimia nervosa.

What Are The Symptoms of Binge Eating?

There are traits exhibited by those with a binge eating disorder which can help loved ones determine as to whether they should be worried or not. These traits include, the person eating more food than others in the same situation, not being able to control how much they eat and binge eating at least once a week over a duration of three months.

Other behaviours include the person eating alone, so that their food consumption isn’t monitored. It’s not unusual for those who suffer from a binge eating disorder to have feelings of guilt or disgust afterwards.

Treating a Binge Eating Disorder

Unlike smoking, a binge eating disorder cannot be resolved with will power alone. As many sufferers will have different causes of the disorder, it’s important to seek professional advice at the earliest opportunity.

Visiting a doctor will help the person determine as to whether they have the disorder, and if so, what the next steps are in relation to treating the condition. The doctor may prescribe medication, or refer you to a specialist. Other forms of treatment can be held within a clinic that deals with binge eating disorders. Such clinics have staff who are fully understanding and can offer a haven that will cast no judgement on the person with the condition. Its only aim is to improve the lifestyle of the person moving forward.

Admitting you have a binge eating disorder may make you feel embarrassed or foolish, but it’s actually a brave thing to do. Not only this, but knowing you have a problem will leave you in a better position to rid yourself of the condition moving forward. It can be difficult, but with the right kind of support in place, sufferers are able to change their life for the better.

Look After Yourself

While the condition may require the expertise of a professional, there are a few ways in which the person with the condition can aid themselves moving forward. There is no fit-for-all solution, but looking after yourself should always come first.

Ensure you get plenty of sleep. Some of us may suffer from stress, but feeling tired only amplifies this feeling. People generally feel much better if they have had the right amount of sleep.

It can also be useful to speak to family and any local support groups. Having an outlet to share your worries may not cure the condition over night, but it can help you feel more comfortable as you reach your recovery goal.

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