Are you really that hungry?

Binge eating could be your cause!

Binge-Eating Disorder

Binge eating disorder is known as a mental disorder. "It resembles bulimia nervosa, expect that a person with binge-eating disorder does not regularly engage in purging, fasting, or excessive exercise to compensate for binges"( Noel-Hoeksems, 2014).

Symptoms of Binge Eating

-Eating, in a discrete period of time (e.g., within any 2-hour period), an amount of food that is definitely larger than most people would eat in a similar period of time under similar circumstances.

-A sense of lack of control over eating during the the episode (e.g, a feeling that one cannot stop eating or control what or how much one is eating).

-Eating until feeling uncomfortable full.

- Feeling disgusted with oneself, depressed, or very guilty afterward.

Do you need help?

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Possible causes for binge eating?

Biological causes of binge eating disorder-" For example, the hypothalamus (the part of the brain that controls appetite) may not be sending correct messages about hunger and fullness. "

Social and cultural causes of binge eating disorder-"Social pressure to be thin can add to the shame binge eaters feel and fuel their emotional eating. Some parents unwittingly set the stage for binge eating by using food to comfort, dismiss, or reward their children. Children who are exposed to frequent critical comments about their bodies and weight are also vulnerable, as are those who have been sexually abused in childhood."

Psychological causes of binge eating disorder-"Depression and binge eating are strongly linked. Many binge eaters are either depressed or have been before; others may have trouble with impulse control and managing and expressing their feelings. Low self-esteem, loneliness, and body dissatisfaction may also contribute to binge eating."

(Smith, 2014)

Treatment options.

"Psychotherapy is the most common treatment for binge eating disorder and has the greatest research support. Psychotherapy can involve a significant time and financial commitment, particularly if you are struggling with other issues (sexual abuse, depression, substance use, or relationship problems)" (Grohol, J. 2006).

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy- "Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is considered the treatment of choice for people with binge eating disorder. With the support of decades’ worth of research, CBT is a time-limited and focused approach that helps a person understand how their thinking and negative self-talk and self-image can directly impact their eating and negative behaviors" (Grohol, J. 2006).

Family Therapy- "Another form of psychotherapy is known as family therapy. Family therapy helps a person with binge eating disorder see and understand the often-times dysfunctional role they play within the family, and how their eating behaviors maintain that role" (Grohol, J 2006).

Common myths or misperceptions with binge eating.

Myth #1: Eating Disorders Are Only About How the Person Looks

Starting to help one with an eating disorder should not be based of their looks, you should not bring them down saying they are over weight then try and make them postie that will not work.

Myth #2: It’s All About the Food

Binge eating is more then just food, one usually has a deeper problem that they are trying to cover up with food, that food may be their comfort.

Myth #3: Appearance is a Give-Away

One with this disorder may not be visible to the eye. They could only be 5 lbs over weight and still have the disorder.

Myth #4: Eating Disorders are Rich, Caucasian Female Problems

This is not true because boys and men also suffer, the number of men asking for help has doubled in the past 10 years.

Myth#5: Eating Disorders are Hopeless Cases

This is not true, they can be treated properly if they are done with the correct treatment.

5 Common Myths about Eating Disorders. (2014, February 1)


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Nolen-Hoekema, S. (2014). Abnormal psychology (sixth ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Education.