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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Comments

  1. Eating disorders are serious conditions with which you are so worried with food and weight that you can’t focus on anything else. The main types of eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder. Eating disorders can cause serious physical problems, and the most severe can be life-threatening. Most people with eating disorders are girls, but guys can also have eating disorders. An exception is binge-eating disorder, which affects almost as many guys as girls. The signs and symptoms of eating disorders are different depending on the type of eating disorder. Treatments for eating disorders usually involve psychotherapy, nutrition education, family counseling, medications and hospitalization.

  2. Matthew David says:

    I have heard that there is a brain surgery that can be done on opiate users that eliminates their cravings. So is there a brain surgery that can be used to turn off carbohydrate/sugar cravings? Medications and gastric bypass don’t work for everyone.

  3. Xavier Hawthorne says:

    Like years and years? Can it add up stress instead of lessen?

    Personally, I’ve overtrained certain muscle groups with heavy weights and it’s thrown my physical balance off, and I believe I have packed in stress instead of releasing it. I hadnt stretched properly, and would attack weights nightly with a vengance. Over years, I have muscle groups that would not release and have spent the past two years unravelling my back and IT band and other groups.

    I also know a few friends that attack workouts like that, but are hyperstressed all the time as far as personality… One has developed a facial spasm and does triathalons and trains 3 times a day. Another has continuously dangerously high blood pressure and emails me her daily training regiment as if it’s an award… I just wonder if there’s a condition or term or disorder that is associated with compulsive training, even though these people in question are way past the condition of physically fit. If it’s a compulsion and at a certain point relaxation becomes impossible…

    Any thoughts? Treatments? Studies? Personal experience?

    (and to the person inevitably says : it’s ok, since they arent binge eating or doing drugs… thank you for the comment, but you can save your keystrokes.)

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