Many people face problem of binge eating and compulsive overeating. Their urge to consume large amounts of food is very strong. They tend to consume food even though they actually do not feel hungry and if they are completely satiated. Binge eating as well as overeating are considered to develop as a consequence of some deeper issue, underlying problems and discontent.
Binge eating disorder can be simply defined as frequent overeating. Many people suffering from binge eating disorder are ashamed and do not want to discuss their problem. If left untreated binge eating disorder leads to obesity and all the accompanied problems and it may also be associated with other conditions such as depression and anxiety.
Binge Eating Disorder: Causes and Presentation
There may be a variety of underlying problems associated with binge eating disorder. In a majority of people the disorder is connected to depression. Number of emotional states such as boredom, sadness, anger etc can lead to binge eating. Some people consider biological factors (inherited gene) as well as altered brain chemicals as potential causes of this particular eating disorder. Furthermore, the problem is more frequent among people who are obese, those with family history of eating disorders and those prone to frequent dieting. It is estimated that binge eating disorder predominantly affect women.
Some examples of this disorder are; eating large amounts of food, eating too rapidly, eating even though a person is not hungry at all and eating to the point one starts to feel a physical discomfort. What is more, people with a binge eating disorder have a habit to eat large amounts of food whenever they feel depressed, sad and similar. Feelings such as guilt after eating, depression and anxiety are few more characteristics of binge eating disorder.
How to Deal with Binge Eating Disorder?
Even though the urge to overeat can be rather strong one may control it with some simple methods. It is essential for a person to pay attention to any possible sign of this eating disorder. What follows is acceptance of the condition. The person simply must realize he/ she is suffering from an eating disorder and try to deal with it. Identifying the triggers of overeating is a must.
If one is additionally suffering from anxiety or emotional/ mental stress he/ she can find solution in a healthy lifestyle. Well balanced diet, regular exercising and stress relief techniques are highly effective in controlling the disorder. People can choose any kind of activity which will occupy them and distract their thoughts from food. Additional help can be obtained from family members who can control the intake of food especially if this occurs at night. By sharing emotions and problems a person can get rid of heavy burden and successfully deal with a problem instead of bearing the problem or emotion and trying to solve the situation with excessive eating.
If none of the previously mentioned provides with desirable effects a person is supposed to consult an expert in a field of eating disorders and start the appropriate binge eating disorder treatment (medications or psychotherapy).