Physical symptoms resemble the symptoms of any overweight or obese person. Binge eaters have a tendency to put on weight and are likely to suffer from many of the health conditions associated with being overweight, including diabetes, high blood pressure, high levels of cholesterol, heart problems, osteoarthritis, kidney problems and irregular periods.

Binge eating disorder is an eating disorder in which the sufferer consumes food, unusually large amounts of food, on a regular basis in a brief period of time, hungry or not and continues to eat until they feel rather uncomfortable. These bouts are usually followed by feelings of guilt. Here the sufferer does not induce purging after binging unlike in the case of bulimia. This eating disorder is a problem, which affects both men and women but it is more common in women. This unhealthy habit of overeating tends to develop during childhood.Unable to cope – Studies have shown that some individuals who cannot handle their emotions like sadness, anger, stress etc and even people who have a low self esteem often turn to binge eating in order to cope better. They binge eat in order to hide from these various emotions.

Binge eaters are obsessive about the foods they crave. They may even go to the extent of fantasizing about the foods they love, focusing on the texture and smell of the food. Because they eat in large quantities and at great speed, they are very secretive about binge episodes and prefer to binge when they are sure they will not get caught. Thus, they may keep the secret from friends, family and even their spouse. Binge eaters go to great lengths to hide or dispose of food containers so that they will not be caught If you suspect or know that your teen is suffering from an eating disorder, you are probably doing everything in your power to help him or her. Unfortunately, it’s likely that your child is not interested in your help, and could actually lash out at you for offering your advice or ordering him or her to do something else. You need to find out what to do when an eating disorder causes you to fight with your child, because just getting angry with him or her will probably cause an even bigger fight and widen the distance between you.

Binge eating disorder is an eating disorder in which the sufferer consumes food, unusually large amounts of food, on a regular basis in a brief period of time, hungry or not and continues to eat until they feel rather uncomfortable. These bouts are usually followed by feelings of guilt. Here the sufferer does not induce purging after binging unlike in the case of bulimia. This eating disorder is a problem, which affects both men and women but it is more common in women. This unhealthy habit of overeating tends to develop during childhood.Depression – No one actually knows for sure if depression is a cause or an effect of binge eating disorder but it has been noted that about fifty percent of the individuals with this disorder have a history of depression or are depressed. This depression may be even totally unrelated.

Treatments

Binge eating disorder is most effectively treated through a multi pronged approach. Patients need to take necessary steps to improve their emotional well being. They will also be required to change their behavioral patterns so that they reduce temptation and cap the free availability of foods they crave. In addition to these, sometimes patients will also need medication to address psychological issues. The Food and Drug Administartion (FDA) of America has not approved any specific drug to treat binging. Various medications have mixed results when it comes to treating this disorder. However, according to some studies, supplementing therapy with medication may make it easier for victims of binge eating to overcome their disorder.

The anticonvulsant Topomax was originally used to control epilepsy. However, studies show that it can help weight loss and alleviate symptoms of obsessive compulsiveness in people suffering from binging. But, Topomax too has serious side effects like clumsiness, unsteadiness, dizziness and drowsiness.Anti-obesity medication: Appetite suppressants like Meridia have been helpful in reducing the number of binging episodes. Side effects include changes in blood pressure.Eating disorders may very well start off as a preoccupation with food and body weight but there is definitely much more to these than just foods. Eating disorders usually are long-standing illnesses, which require long-term treatment and are often accompanied by other psychiatric disorders, such as anxiety, depression and drug abuse.

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