disorder is similar to bulimia however these individuals do not purge.
This disorder is probably the most common eating disorder characterized
by individuals eating an unusually large amount of food even when
they are not hungry and feel their eating is out of control. They
usually eat quickly and eat until they are uncomfortably full. Feelings
of disgust, guilt and depression typically follow a binge episode.
Most people with this problem are either overweight or obese, but
normal-weight people also can have the disorder.
with binge eating disorder are usually very upset by their binge eating
and may become depressed. Research has shown that those with binge
eating disorder report more health problems, stress, trouble sleeping,
and suicidal thoughts than people without an eating disorder. Individuals
who suffer from binge eating disorder often feel badly about themselves
and may miss work, school, or social activities to binge eat.
eating disorder may lead to weight gain, weight gain can lead to obesity,
and obesity raises the risk for these health problems:
* type 2 diabetes
* high blood pressure
* high cholesterol
* gallbladder disease
* heart disease
* certain types of cancer
comprehensive treatment, most individuals can be relieved of the symptoms
or helped to control eating disorders. Treatment for eating disorders
usually requires a team approach; including individual therapy, family
therapy, working with a primary care physician, working with a nutritionist,
and medication. Many people also suffer from other problems; including
depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. It is important to recognize
and get appropriate treatment for these problems as well.