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Let’s Talk About Binge-Eating

The following questions will be answered about binge-eating: What is it? Who is most vulnerable? What are some of the health complications associated with binge-eating?

Binge eating or B .E.D. in the United States is very common. It is actually the most common eating disorder in the United States. According to research about 3.5 percent of adult women and 2 percent of adult men have an eating disorder[1] This type of disorder is when the person can eat a large amount of food in a short amount of time while feeling that they cannot control how much or what they are eating.


What is binge-eating?

It is an eating disorder that develops when a person eats large amounts of food in a short amount of time that is accompanied with feelings of having no control over what you are eating and how much of it you are eating. Binge-eating must be a regular action for a diagnosis to be given by a doctor. Regular binge-eating is considered to be at least once a week for three months. When you binge-eating it may makes you feel very upset or ashamed causing you to attempt to hide it from family and friends.

Who is most vulnerable to binge-eating?

Anyone can develop a binge-eating disorder. While people who are obese especially those who have severe obesity are at a higher risk. while this is true it does not meant that people with obesity do not have a binge eating disorder. There is also a genetic component and painful childhood experiences related to food. For example, critical comments about your weight, eating habits, and the shape of your body can all be associated with the development of an eating disorder.

According to research B.E.D. affects women of all races and ethnicities. But it is the most common eating disorder among, Hispanic, Asian-American, and African women. For additional reading material about women and eating disorders, follow the link.

Other health complications associated with binge-eating:

Binge eating may lead to weight gain and related health problem in relation to obesity. Such as:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Certain types of cancer
  • Digestive system problems
  • Joint or muscle pain

There are also mental health problems associated with binge eating disorders like depression or anxiety.

For more information about what treatment options Embracia Clinic offers or for setting up a consultation with our medical staff, follow the link!

References:

[1] Hudson JI, Hiripi E, Pope HG, Jr, Kessler RC. The prevalence and correlates of eating disorders in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication. Biological Psychiatry. 2007;61(3):348–58.

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