Binge Eating Disorder
Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is a type of feeding and eating disorder in which people lose control over eating and tend to consume large amounts of food. If you have BED, you may eat too quickly even when you are not hungry. Eventually you develop a feeling of guilt, shame, and feel deeply embarrassed about your eating habits.
Causes & Risk Factors
The exact causes of BED are not completely understood. However it is believed to result from a combination of psychological, genetic/biological, and social/cultural factors.
BED puts you at a risk of developing psychological and physical problems related to binge eating. People who suffer from BED often become overweight or obese and are more likely to suffer from all the health risks associated with obesity.
Diagnosis of BED is based on acknowledging the symptoms as per the criteria elucidated below. As most people suffering from BED feel reluctant to describe their problems to a professional it is expected that a number of people with BED remain undiagnosed. As such, there is no specific test yet available to confidently diagnose BED.
BED requires individually tailored treatment plan that can be adjusted to meet the needs of each patient.
Coping & Support
Many people with BED find it difficult to cope up with the condition. Since food is the basic necessity for survival, you cannot completely avoid it. However, you must learn to understand your nutritional requirements and avoid the unnecessary urges and temptations to eat food.
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