Binge-syndrome: Overeating as Eating Disorder
Binge Eating Disorder is a new type of eating disorder. Its main feature is compulsive overeating, which is not followed by compensatory behavior (e.g., vomiting, diarrhea, excessive exercise) as in bulimia nervosa.
As a result, the majority of those affected are obese. Unfortunately, as long as this problem persists, you can not expect lasting weight loss. As always, you have to find the main problem first and realize that you have an eating disorder.
During binge eating episodes, the trigger for eating is not hunger, but most commonly a negative emotion. Then the person eats as much as is already uncomfortably full. BED eating characteristics are: loss of control and is almost always a guilty feeling which is associated with eating.
Binge eating disorder often occurs when a weight loss journey ends, and it ends with a loss of control. Dieting can be extremely harmful in this case, as it only exacerbates the existing problem.
During overeating, you often consume foods that are rich in fat and sugar. It’s no coincidence that people with eating disorders are also struggling with obesity.
When you can not stop…
Binge eating disorder is not a psychiatric disorder, meaning it is not in the same category as anorexia or bulimia. This type of eating disorder belongs to the EDNOS group (Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified). Regardless, this also requires treatment!
In contrast to traditional eating disorders, eating disorders usually do not occur at a young age, but the age of 40-50, and female gender dominance is also typical.
High blood pressure, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, and diabetes are also much more common due to regular overeating and obesity. Besides, depression and mood disorders also occur at a higher rate than in the average population.
What can cause binge eating?
Several triggers have been reported for eating disorders. These include unhappiness, anxiety, or other negative emotions, especially weight, body shape, or food. Sometimes people are stifled to feel bored. Suffering from problems of interpersonal relationships or recruitment is also common. Many people who have an eating disorder experience weight gain, which can make their diet and self confidence worse.
(Masonry disorder criteria based on DSM-V)
- Consuming an amount of food over a well-defined period (two hours) that is greater than what most people would consume over a similar period, under similar conditions.
- Feelings of lack of control over eating during the binge episode (feeling that the person is unable to stop eating or control what and how much they eat).
Binge eating episodes are associated with three or more of the following:
- Eating much faster and bigger amount than normally
- The person eats until they feel uncomfortably full
- Consuming large amounts of food even when the physical league is not hungry
- The person eats alone because he is embarrassed about how much she/he eats
- The person is disgusted, depressed, or has a strong sense of guilt after about
- The eating is usually associated with suffering
- Binge “attacks” occur on average at least once a week for three months
- Seizures are not associated with inappropriate compensatory behavior, as in the case of bulimia nervosa, and do not appear exclusively during bulimia nervosa or anorexia nervosa.
- If the criteria above sound familiar, be sure to ask for help!
- Until the underlying psychological causes are resolved, you can’t deal with obesity, and the situation can get worse.
- IMPORTANT that in the case of an eating disorder, the primary goal is to eliminate overeating episodes. Weight loss can then only be secondary, as a restrictive diet would only exacerbate the symptoms. I suggest you ask for help from a knowledgeable professional!