What is an eating disorder?
Eating Disorders are illnesses characterized by unhealthy behaviors associated with food or eating, such as starving, overeating, or binging.
Types of eating disorders
- Binge eating
- Night Eating syndrome
- Rumination disorder
Without treatment, many of these conditions can lead to serious health risks.
Binge Eating Disorder
Binge eating disorder is the most common eating disorder, involving episodes of extreme over eating. The eating disorder can affect both males and females equally, most of those affected are overweight or obese. Unlike bulimia those affected don't vomit, fast or exercise intensely to get rid of the excess calories. It can occur at any age, but is most common in middle aged people. Can cause serious problems such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension.
- people may eat quickly
- binge when they are not hungry
- eat until painfully full
People who binge eat may feel guilty, ashamed, or depressed after binging. This can cause a cycle that leads to more binging. Because people feel guilty they often hide the behavior from others. Weight loss attemps are often not successful until binging is controlled.
Weight loss programs can help get people to stop binging and eat healthy food while losing weight.