As many as 4 million Americans have binge eating disorder, making it the most common eating disorder in America. Obesity is also very common among Americans, affecting as much as 34 percent of the population. Not everyone who is obese has binge eating disorder, but studies show there is a strong link between the two. Here are the facts about binge eating disorder and obesity.
What is Binge Eating Disorder and Obesity?
Binge eating disorder is a psychiatric disorder that causes a person to consume large amounts of food, very rapidly, during a short period of time. During a binge, binge eaters will feel out of control and unable to stop eating, even if they’re uncomfortably full. These binges are usually followed by feelings of extreme shame, guilt and disgust. Binges are usually triggered by reactions to stress, depression, anxiety and other emotions that are too difficult to handle.
Unlike BED, obesity is not a psychiatric disorder, but it can be a symptom of emotional problems. There are many causes of obesity, including “emotional eating,” which occurs when a person turns to food as a way to cope with stress or low self-esteem. A person is considered overweight if their Body Mass Index (BMI) is above 25. If it’s above 30, a person is considered obese.
How Binge Eating Disorder Leads to Obesity
Over time, compulsive overeating or bingeing usually leads to weight gain. The most common type of food that bingers turn to during binges is “junk food,” or food that is high in empty calories, carbohydrates, fat and sugar. During a typical binge, the average person can consume as many as many as 2,000 to 3,000 calories. This frequent consumption of massive amounts of calories inevitably leads to weight gain.
The Health Risks of Binge Eating Disorder and Obesity
Like all eating disorders, binge eating can lead to serious health complications. One of the most serious consequences of binge eating is weight gain or obesity, which increases the risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory problems, arthritis, cancer, sleep apneas, and emotional problems such as depression and anxiety. The higher your BMI, the greater your risk for health problems will be.
How to Stop Binge Eating and Curb Obesity
Many people who try to stop binge eating find that it’s very difficult to stop on their own. This is because binge eating is not a matter of will power; it is a psychological disorder that requires professional treatment and a strong support system to fully recover.
At Casa Palmera, we understand the unique issues surrounding binge eating disorder, and will work closely with you to identify the underlying issues that have led to your disordered eating. We provide many forms of effective binge eating disorder treatment, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, self-help groups and medications (if necessary). We also provide a wide range of holistic treatment methods to address not only your physical health, but your mental and spiritual health as well.
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