About Binge Eating Disorder
Binge eating disorder is more common than many people think. The prevalence of binge eating disorder is approximately 2.4% of the general adult (18 or older) population. Binge eating disorder is slightly more common in women than in men. There’s also no weight requirement for this disorder. People who binge eat can be normal weight, overweight, or heavier than average weight. Regardless, the symptoms of binge eating disorder can be hard to manage.
People with binge eating disorder often display symptoms of depression and express distress, shame, and guilt about their eating behaviors. In fact, this disorder commonly occurs alongside other mental health conditions.
Symptoms of Binge Eating Disorder
The main symptoms of binge eating disorder are pretty straightforward. They include the following:
- Recurrent episodes of binge eating (characterized by consuming a large amount of food in a discrete period of time and a sense of lack of control over eating during the episode)
- Eating more rapidly than normal, eating until uncomfortably full, eating large amounts of food when not feeling physically hungry, eating alone (due to shame about how much one is eating), feeling disgusted, depressed or guilty after eating
Health Consequences of Binge Eating Disorder
Binge eating disorder can lead to some dire health consequences if left unchecked. Without treatment, someone with this condition could eventually experience any of the following:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol levels
- Heart disease
- Diabetes mellitus
- Gallbladder disease
Description adapted from the National Eating Disorders Association and the DSM – 5.
Help for the Symptoms of Binge Eating Disorder
Often, women with binge eating disorder feel out of control of their own lives. Fortunately, treatment from caring professionals can help them reclaim control. Magnolia Creek offers comprehensive binge eating disorder treatment for women ages 18 and up. To find out more, reach out to us by calling 205-614-3743.