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Binge Eating Disorder
28 Nov. 2015

binge eating disorderBinge eating disorder (BED) is characterized by compulsive overeating without subsequent purging episodes that are more specific to bulimic behavior. It is the most spread eating disorder in the USA. About 5.6 million women and 3.1 million men have it. Adolescents are not an exception – up to 1.6% of teenagers are currently diagnosed with this disorder.

Every one of us sometimes overeats on occasion. But when you feel that you can’t stop eating, even when you are uncomfortably full, is something different, especially when this becomes a natural occurrence.If you have eating binges at least once a week for several months, if you eat even when you are not hungry, eat much more rapidly than normal, usually alone or in secret, and feel depressed, ashamed, guilty and disgusted about it, it is most likely that you have a binge eating disorder.

People with BED can quickly gain weight. Every second person in US who has this condition is obese. This leads to development of various obesity-related health problems, such as diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular diseases.
However, normal-weight people can also suffer from BED, getting other related to it health problems. People may experience trouble sleeping, sleep-related breathing disorder, joint or muscle pain and various digestive disorders, including GERD.

Although the causes of BED are not known, researchers found out that many people with BED have gone through physical or emotional abuse or have addictions, such as alcoholism. BED often goes hand-in-hand with depression and is thought to be triggered by certain brain chemicals. When a person has BED, he may have trouble handling his emotions. He may use food as a means to reward or comfort himself. Food addiction was also found to run in some families.
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The goal of BED treatment is to reduce binges on food and, when necessary, to lose weight. BED is not about willpower. Help can be sought from health professionals, including nutritionists, psychologists, physicians and psychiatrists. Treatment may involve counseling and psychotherapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy or dialectal behavior therapy.

Medicamentous therapy may include antidepressants and anticonvulsants to help manage anxiety, urges to binge and suppress appetite. In moderate to severe cases, the CNS stimulant and the first FDA approved drug for BED Lisdexamfetamine can be prescribed. Some patients may also need behavioral weight-loss programs and of course the support and understanding of the close ones.

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