What to Know about Binge Eating Disorder

Out of all the eating disorders that plague women in the United States, binge eating disorder is the one that affects the most. This eating disorder has just recently been recognized as a diagnosable disease in 2013. Women who have binge eating disorders place their lives at risk. Fortunately, binge eating disorder is curable through treatment.

To be Diagnosed with Binge Eating Disorder One Must:

  • Eat at a rapid speed
  • Feel guilt and depression after binge eating
  • Have little or no control over eating
  • Eat large portions even when not hungry
  • Eat more than the average person in a smaller amount of time
  • Avoid others by eating alone
  • Eat until painfully full
  • Does not partake in purging (like a bulimic patient would)
  • Binge eat once a week for 3 months minimally

Signs to Look for in your Loved One

There are a few characteristic traits evident in the personalities, behaviors, and emotions of those with binge eating disorder. If you are worried that a loved one is suffering from binge eating disorder, look for these signs or characteristics:

  • Habitual hiding of food packaging and wrappers
  • Eating in solidarity often
  • Unusual eating patterns like random fasting or no set meal times
  • Scheduling around eating to make time for bingeing
  • Expression of shame after eating
  • Low self-esteem about body weight
  • Anxiety when not in control of a situation
  • Unable to say no to others
  • Having to make things perfect constantly
  • Unavailable emotionally
  • Constant avoidance of confrontation
  • An extreme or quick shift in body weight

Negative Effects of Binge Eating Disorder

Not all who struggle with obesity have an eating disorder, and vice versa. Unfortunately, those with binge eating disorder that experience the most negative effects are obese. Obesity can cause harm to the body, and even lead to death. Patients with binge eating disorder are at risk for:

  • Sleep apnea
  • Extreme fatigue
  • High blood pressure
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Joint irritability
  • High levels of cholesterol
  • Gallbladder infection
  • Diabetes

Here at Lotus Healing, we offer treatment and support for those struggling with eating disorders. To learn more about our programs, contact us today. 

 

Dr. Dixie Brown is a PhD level Therapist, Integrative Medicine Practitioner, and Nutritionist with 15 years of experience working in Mental Health, specifically with trauma, eating disorders, and substance use.

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