Binge eating disorder (BED) is an eating disorder, in which the sufferer often eats very large amounts and finds it difficult to resist the urge to eat.
Binge eating disorders have the potential to cause serious diseases, such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and even heart disease. Binge eating disorder is an eating disorder with the opposite characteristics of anorexia. To find out more about the signs, causes, and how to treat BED, let’s consider the following explanation.
A person suffering from binge eating disorder often eats very large portions and has difficulty quitting or has difficulty resisting the urge to eat large amounts. After eating, they will often feel guilty, annoyed, or depressed because of this eating behavior.
Symptoms of binge eating disorder or BED in a person can be identified by:
- How to eat a lot faster than usual.
- Eat-in large portions, even if you don’t feel hungry.
- Eat so much that you are too full and make the stomach uncomfortable.
- Being alone while eating so that other people don’t know how much food he is consuming.
- In some sufferers, BED can be accompanied by bulimia.
A person is said to have BED if the above symptoms appear at least 1 time per week, within 3 months. With mild binge eating disorder, episodes of symptoms appear 1-3 times per week. With severe BED, symptomatic episodes can occur 8-13 times per week. Whereas in very severe BED, symptomatic episodes are experienced more than 14 times per week.
If not treated properly, binge eating disorders have the potential to cause several health problems, such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, and hypertension. BED can also cause indigestion, such as bloating and constipation, and even psychological problems, such as anxiety and depression.
What Causes Binge Eating Disorder?
Until now, the exact cause of this eating disorder binge eating disorder is unknown. However, there are several factors that are thought to increase a person’s risk of developing BED, including:
- There are family members who have a history of eating disorders. Have a history of psychiatric disorders, such as depression, bipolar disorder, and addiction to alcohol or drugs.
- There is a disturbance in the chemicals in the brain that regulate diet.
- Emotional trauma, such as the result of being bullied, experiencing sexual violence, severe stress, or being left behind by a loved one.
- Have excess body weight.
- Having a negative image or dissatisfaction with body shape.
To confirm the diagnosis, BED sufferers need to get an examination from a mental health specialist (psychiatrist), either in the form of a physical examination or a psychological examination.
If needed, the doctor usually will recommend supporting tests, such as blood and urine tests. After a diagnosis of binge eating disorder is confirmed, the doctor will determine the treatment method according to the risk factors or triggers, as well as the severity of the patient’s BED.
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