Binge-Eating Disorder

Understanding the Disorder and How to Seek Help

What is Binge-Eating Disorder?

Binge-Eating Disorder formally known as BED is an eating disorder that is characterized by a recurrent episodes of eating mass quantities of food which is usually consumed quickly and to the point of which one experiences discomfort. One with this disorder may often feel a loss of control during the binge and soon after experience symptoms such as shame, distress, and or guilt shortly after. Binge-Eating Disorder is a severe and life-threatening but treatable eating disorder (NED, 2016).

If you or anyone you know are experiencing any of these symptoms and or problems please talk to you health care professional as soon as possible!

What are the Cause and Risks of BED?

The causes of Binge-Eating Disorder are still unknown but genetic, biological factors, long-term dieting, and psychological issues can increase your risks. The risk factors that can increase your risks of developing BED can include:

  • Family History: Research shows that you are more likely to have an eating disorder if someone in your family has had an eating disorder.
  • Psychological Issues: One with this disorder tend to feel bad about themselves and it can very well trigger a binge.
  • Dieting: Studies have shown that people with BED tend to have a history of dieting quiet frequently throughout his or her life.
  • Age: BED can occur at any age but it typically begins in late teens or early 20's.

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Please Know When to Seek Help! We Care About You!

Treatment must address the eating disorder symptoms and medical consequences, as well as psychological, biological, interpersonal and cultural forces that contribute to or maintain the eating disorder. Nutritional counseling is also necessary and should incorporate education about nutritional needs, as well as planning for and monitoring rational choices by the individual patient. There are two types of care inpatient care and outpatient care. Outpatient care includes individual, group or family therapy and medical management by their primary care provider. Support groups, nutrition counseling, and psychiatric medications administered under careful medical supervision have also proven helpful for some individuals. Family Based Treatment is a well established method for families with minors. Inpatient care is necessary when an eating disorder has led to physical problems that may be life threatening, or when an eating disorder is causing severe psychological or behavioral problems. Inpatient stays typically require a period of outpatient follow-up and aftercare to address underlying issues in the individual’s eating disorder (NED, 2016).

What Credentials to Look for When Seeking Help?

When seeking help from a professional don't be afraid to as for proof of the health professionals credentials. To be a part of the treatment team one must be one of the following a registered dietitians, registered nurses, under the supervision of a medical doctor. Most medical staff members must have obtained one of the following certificates a Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian, or Certified Eating Disorders Registered Nurse (Futures of Palm Beach, 2016).

Common Myths and Misconceptions Related with BED.

  • BED is not a real disorder. The truth is that everyone may overly partake in eating every once in a while especially around the holiday's but the issue lasts for at least three months you should seek help.
  • People who binge eat are all over weight and or obese. The truth is you can't tell if someone is suffering from BED just by looking at them. In fact people who binge eat comes in all shapes and sizes.
  • BED is the same disease as bulimia. The truth is with bulimia one "purges" after each binge, there is no purging as it relates to BED.
  • BED is rare. Truth is this disorder affect more people than any other eating disorder to be exact it has effected more that six million Americans in the United States alone.

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