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What You Should Understand About Binge Eating Disorder

Binge Eating Disorder Binge eating disorder is more common than you would imagine. It affects a large number of people and is the most common disorder in the United States. Studies have shown that it affects 1.6% of adolescents, 2% of adult males and 3% of the women in the country.

Binge eating disorder has been listed as a diagnosable eating disorder as of 2013. This is significant because under this classification BED will now be covered by medical insurance. Let’s take a closer look at BED to find out more.

Unhealthy Eating Habits

BED is characterized by frequent episodes of eating large quantities of food, often to the point of feeling discomfort; there is no attempt to counter the binge with purging, fortunately. The person experiences a loss of control during the BED episode and can experience shame, disgust and guilt after the episode ends. BED usually occurs in adolescence or early adulthood and the episode happens so fast that the person barely remembers what they ate or how much. The episode provides comfort a brief period before disgust and self-loathing sets in.

The Impact

There are many reasons BED can affect a person and this includes the person’s genetic make-up, emotions and experiences. Cultural and social factors also play a part in this. For instance, the need to be thin in order to socially acceptable and the unwise and unhealthy habit of some parents to reward and punish children with food, play a significant role in the acquisition of the condition.

Studies have also shown that depression is linked to BED as also people with impulse control problems. Other psychological factors like low self-esteem and loneliness can also be causes. Some ways to help someone with BED are to get them to seek help for the condition, be supportive and avoid making them feel bad by criticizing them or offering advice. You could also help the situation by setting a healthy example with your own eating habits and remember never to body shame anyone.

Three People You Need to Fully Recover from Binge Eating

Binge EaterThe best part about owning up to a problem is mustering the courage to get help. Featured here are the people you need to confront binge eating, the most common of eating disorders now affecting 3.5% of women and 2% of men in the United States. Love and professional support are everywhere.

A Psychotherapist

Psychotherapy is all about empowering an individual to work through life’s difficulties. Psychotherapists have formal training and experience so they are the best people to talk to while recovering from binge eating. These professionals can lead the way to the right treatment strategy, assess progress, and analyze the cause. In many cultures, sufferers have to deal with the public stigma of seeing a psychiatrist. According to the British Psychological Society, fear of being stigmatized or self-stigma is the most common reason that sufferers refuse to seek treatment of binge eating disorder.

Sadly, this way of thinking holds no empowerment. Seeking help is power because it means the sufferer has taken the difficult step of acknowledging that a problem exists. That requires tremendous courage too.

Loved ones

Unfortunately, binge eating disorder can be caused by family-related issues such as genetics, disharmony, traumatic experiences and parental preoccupation. A good psychotherapist will always actively involve the immediate family as well as close friends in the healing process. Family therapy, an effective recovery strategy, involves educating family members on what the sufferer is going through: the underlying cause, the stages of recovery, and the support needed. It is also an opportunity to look into the family dynamics to see if relationships among members are strained or communication practices are unhealthy.

Dietitian

Life is full of problems but eating fast and too much while feeling ashamed and guilty isn’t the answer. Registered dieticians can not only recommend meal plans for a healthy and balanced diet, they can also change the way a sufferer perceives food. After all, it is possible for an individual to go from binge eating to bulimia, or from anorexia to binge eating so improving one’s relationship with food is really important. Keeping a food diary can help sufferers understand their own emotional response to eating.

Life is about balance: eating right and staying active; owning up to problems and feeling good about oneself. With the right support, treatment of binge eating disorder is possible.