There are chances, you may have Binge Eating Disorder, which is also known as consuming large quantity of food within short period of time. Yes, you read that right, this is the most common disorder between women, involving the episodes of extreme overeating. Experts tell several reasons behind this disorder.
Women often fall into this statement, especially in late teens and post marriage. Women, facing issues like, anxiety, stress, boredom and depression in their lives, easily lead themselves to overeating.
If someone in your home or relation is overweight or obese and craves easily between regular food intervals then they require attention. It can occur at any age but most common in teen and middle aged women.
What can be the complications?
Unhealthy and overeating habit may lead towards following complications:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Heart Diseases
What are the signs and symptoms?
If you see any of these signs or symptoms in any of your friends or family members then it is the time to consult a good doctor and seek for a psychological evaluation:
Weight loss attempts are not successful until eating habit is controlled.
Loss of control with eating
No matter how many times you try to stand hard on your words to control your eating habits but the attempt fails.
Eating quickly even when they are not hungry
People often eat even if they are not hungry just to satisfy themselves. It gives them warmth and makes them comfortable in mental strain situations.
Eat until they are painfully full
This eating disorder type which is called binge eating can be so extreme that the victim can eat until he/she is painfully full.
Guilt of eating
After binge eating the victim may feel guilt, ashamed or depressed. This type of people often hide their behavior which makes it hard to diagnose.
How doctors diagnose this BED?
It may be doctor’s look out, but as a responsible family member it is your duty to learn what are the steps and processes doctor uses to diagnose the BED.
- By evaluating the period of binging. Twice a week or first a period of six months or longer.
- By conducting a physical examination.
- Through exploring, family history, then medical history and at last studying eating habits.
What are the treatments?
Alike any other disorder or disease, you can also get rid of BED by following treatments.
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Nutrition counseling
- Family therapy and support groups
- Weight loss programs
- Medications, if depression is present
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