The National Eating Disorder Association has described binge eating disorder (BED) as a dangerous, life-threatening disorder characterized by repeated episodes of consuming substantial amounts of food. According to writer Juliann Schaffer in her 2015 article titled “Binge Eating Disorder Statistics,”, binge eating affects three times the number of people diagnosed with anorexia and bulimia combined, and is even more common than breast cancer, HIV, and schizophrenia. Many people who suffer from binge eating disorder often feel guilt, shame, or distress – binge eating is the most common eating disorder in the United States.
Binge eating disorder often occurs in women during their early twenties, or in men during their midlife. Binge eating disorder doesn’t just happen in adulthood – children can experience it too. Researchers Balantekin, Birch, and Savage found in their study conducted in 2016 that children around age 7 who often eat when they are not hungry have a higher chance of developing BED in adolescence. BED affects approximately 2.8 million people in the United States – with so many people impacted, it’s important to learn about the harmful effects of BED in hopes that those who suffer from it will seek treatment.
BED could lead to obesity and weight gain, which could lead to worse health issues such as sleep apnea (breathing that stops many times throughout the night), cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, and more. Heart attacks and strokes are other long-term effects of binge eating.
Binge eating is often noted as eating a lot of food in a short amount of time – the amount of food eaten is more than what one would typically eat. A person who is binge eating often feels a lack of control over their eating behavior. People who suffer from BED experience binge eating episodes at least once a week for three months. Attempts to combat the binge eating, such as exercising, purging, and dietary restriction or fasting are typically not common in people who suffer from this disorder, however.
Although binge eating can cause many health problems, recovery is possible. Checking your blood sugar, getting plenty of exercise, drinking lots of water, eating more fruits and vegetables, and seeing a doctor are a few ways that you can ensure your health. For binge eating, there are treatment facilities that may incorporate therapy and/or medical treatment to help people overcome this disorder. If you feel that you may suffer from this, please seek professional help today. There are people out there that want to see you become happier and healthier.
Receiving the right assessment for binge eating disorder and any co-occurring substance use disorder is critical for successful recovery in treatment. Having a variety of treatment options and certified treatment center is key to creating the best customized path for your care. New Vista Behavioral Health offers a family of treatment facilities providing individualized care plans and exceptional clinical treatment. Our programs are held to higher standards, allowing better outcomes and a brighter future. Call us today for information: 888-316-3665