How To Avoid Binge Eating Disorder

All of us tend to overeat and some time or the other however that is not binge eating. Binge eating is when you tend to eat a lot of food and usually it is linked with your emotional state of mind at that point of time. People with binge eating disorders tend to eat unusually large amounts of food and their eating patterns are quite out of control. The patterns to watch out for are

Eating extremely fast and literally stuffing food into their mouths
Eating as though there is no tomorrow and until they feel uncomfortable.
Eating when they are not hungry
Eating alone as they are embarrassed about the large quantities of food that they are able to eat
After the eating episode to feel guilt pangs and depression about the binge eating episode.
Binge eating can result in a disorder called bulimia nervosa. This is when after eating an extremely large quantity people feel so very guilty that they try to purge themselves of this by means of exercising, fasting or vomiting the food. They might also use diuretics and laxatives to keep the food out of the body hence they can avoid any weight gain. This is an extremely dangerous way as it puts the body into a yo-yo like effect.
You will be surprised to learn that binge eating disorder is quite common especially amongst teenage girls. Also, amongst adults in the age group of 45 to 55. Binge eating disorders are more common in women than men. Most people who tend to binge eat are obese or overweight.
The exact reason for binge eating has not been found. Although there have been some common factors found between all binge eaters and that is they are all depressed and are fighting depression. They all might be dieting or have been on diets several times. The reason behind this is that when you are dieting you might not eat food the entire day and at night your body might crave food which might make you binge eat and then puke it out and hence the vicious cycle gets set.
Research has shown that people who have trouble dealing with their emotions are more prone to this. People who have alcohol concerns, are impulsive, not in control of themselves, not able to express their thoughts and feelings and those who do not feel a part of the community and society as a large do tend to have binge eating disorders.
Some research has thrown up that binge eating could be linked with the chemicals released by our brain or could be hereditary. This research is yet in the nascent stage.
Binge eating is cyclical with people binge eating, getting upset and depressed about it and then doing the same thing over again. Binge eating disorders result in more health problems, stress, depression, sleep disorders and even as life threatening as suicidal thoughts. Binge eating also results in joint aches, digestive upsets headaches and muscular aches. These people might also be affected socially as they might miss work or school.

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