There might be a time when someone eats more than they should every now and then, because of depression or any other reason. This may seem harmless, but this might be a precursor of a binge eating disorder if a person does it more often to alleviate emotional stress.
Defining Binge Eating
This disorder affects 3% to 5% of Americans (both men and women); this involves the consumption of a great amount of food, regardless of the reason, in an uncontrolled way and consuming beyond the feeling of fullness. The motivation behind this overeating has nothing to do with physical hunger, this occurs because of psychological problems like the feeling of being inadequate, failure, fear or disappointment.
According to a center that specializes in binge eating treatment, a person dealing with this disorder will either plan or be spontaneous about their habits when they eat. They also don’t practice purging after the meals they ate, but they may go on repeat dieting or they fast sporadically. This behavior may lead to negative effects on a person’s mental and physical well-being.
Mental and Physical Health Effects of Binge Eating
Bingeing causes mental problems that you must be aware of, after overeating, a person starts to feel shame, self-hatred, depression, and anxiety. They then will feel lethargic and fatigued, affecting their performance at work and their daily routines. Continuing this behavior heightens the feeling of loneliness, sadness, anger, and several other unstable emotional outbursts and mood swings. Social isolation may occur because of the time it takes to execute and recover from binge eating.
A person who has this disorder will also have physical health problems, which include:
- Type II diabetes
- High blood pressure and cholesterol levels
- Gallbladder disease
- Heart disease
The above-mentioned ailments occur because of the bad food that binge eaters almost always consume high amounts of.
Binge eating is a serious disorder that requires treatment and a solid group support from the social circles of the person dealing with it.