This eating disorder can frequently be overlooked and at times can be mistaken for over-indulgence. But it is a lot more serious than that and can be an incredibly distressing disorder to suffer from or watch someone you love suffer with. BED is characterised by compulsive eating in which people consume huge amounts of food while feeling out of control and powerless to stop. key features include:
BED sufferers also struggle with guilt & depression which can lead to weight gain & obesity which would only then reinforce compulsive eating. The worse the person feels about their appearance, the more they use food to cope. Hence is the vicious binge eating disorder cycle.
In time, BED can lead to obesity, obesity can then cause:
* Type II diabetes
* High cholesterol
* High blood pressure
* Gallbladder disease
* Heart disease
* Some types of cancer
* Gastrointestinal problems
* Joint and Muscular pain
* Sleep apnoea
Some of the ways used to tackle a disorder like Binge eating include:
Eating 3 meals a day
Eliminating overly strict dieting patterns
Exercise to help mood and control weight
Support from family and friends
Seeking help from a therapist
Introducing cognitive behavioural therapy to change patterns.
If you suspect you may be suffering from BED get in touch with a medical health professional as soon as possible as prevention/management is always better than cure!
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