Binge Eating Disorder Treatment
What is Binge Eating?
Binge Eating Disorder is usually identified by recurring binge-eating episodes (commonly referred to as compulsive overeating), where a person will consume large amounts of food, during which time are highly emotional, and often feel out of control and are unable to stop eating. Hunger is not necessarily a main trigger for binge episodes, as binge eaters regularly continue to eat beyond the point of satisfaction to a stage of uncomfortable fullness.
3 Key Identifiers of Binge Eating Disorder
- Regular episodes of uncontrollable and emotional eating
- Frequently feeling depressed, distressed or upset before, during and after binge episodes
- No purging, exercising, or fasting in order to counter binge episodes (as common with Bulimia)
Causes of Binge Eating & Compulsive Overeating
Binge Eating Disorder is a vicious cycle that can be caused or triggered by a host of factors. Generally speaking, the causes of binge eating can be segmented into three different categories:
Biological or Genetic Factors
As with many disorders, those suffering from binge eating may be predisposed to the disorder because of genes inherited from their parents that make them more susceptible to developing an eating disorder.
Binge eaters often have trouble regulating moods. Emotional and psychological factors therefore may also play a role in binge and compulsive overeating. Binge eaters often have a low self-esteem, poor body image and a low self-worth.
Media influence and societal pressure can also play a major role in binge eating. Constant images on the internet, on TV and in movies often reinforce a desire to be thin, particularly in today’s Western culture. Since binge eaters often struggle with being overweight, they are keenly aware of their body size and appearance, which can lead to additional stress, anger and depression, thereby worsening the binge cycle.
Effects of Binge Eating Disorder
As with all eating disorders the effects of binge eating on the body can be quite severe. Binge eaters often deal with the same health risks associated with obesity. Some potential health consequences of binge eating include:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol levels
- Diabetes (Type II, mellitus)
- Gallbladder disease
- Clinical depression
Stop Binge Eating and Seek Treatment
Compulsive overeaters binge to relieve depression and begin a destructive cycle. Binge eating episodes are followed by resolutions to stop bingeing and adhere to diets. These resolutions are eventually broken, filling the compulsive overeater with guilt and depression, leading them back to binge eating again. The devastating cycle is as follows:
Eating Disorder Treatment
Rader Programs has designed a unique eating disorder treatment plan that addresses both depression and compulsive overeating, effectively ending the devastating cycle.