by Kevin Caruso
Binge eating disorder is a condition in which people “binge” on food; that is, they eat large amounts of food, and they feel a loss of control while doing so.
Binge eating disorder does not include an occasional binge on food, but frequent, out-of-control, binging
Unlike bulimics, however, binge eaters do not purge themselves after eating excessively.
Food is used as an escape and a source of comfort for binge eaters.
Underlying issues may include depression, low self-esteem, inability to express emotions, physical or emotional pain, and anxiety.
It should be no surprise that most people who binge eat become obese; and along with obesity comes a myriad of health issues.
If you binge eat, you need to get help now.
And if you know someone who binge eats, make sure that they get help.
Please become familiar with the symptoms and medical complications of binge eating disorder so you can spot them in yourself and others.
Here are some of the symptoms and medical complications of binge eating disorder:
- Weight gain
- Eating very rapidly
- Eating even after you are very full
- Eating a lot of food even when you are not hungry
- Feeling guilty after eating
- Being disgusted with yourself after eating
- Low self-esteem
- Shortness of breath
- Lack of endurance
- Clinical depression
- Feeling a loss of control when eating
- Fluctuations in weight
- Loss of sex drive
- Hiding food
- Secretive eating patterns
- High blood pressure
- High cholestrol
- Decreased mobility
- Liver problems
- Kidney problems
- Heart disease
- Cardiac arrest
Remember, if you have bing eating disorder you MUST get help now.
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