Binge Eating Disorder: Overeating Your Problems

Bridgewater, N.J. (July 8, 2013) – Overeating is just as detrimental to your health as under eating is. Binge eating disorder is when a person eats a large amount of food in a short period of time. The act of bingeing typically lasts for several months. Binge eating disorder is not identical to bulimia. Unlike bulimia, one does not attempt to vomit to get rid of the calories. Over time, binge eating causes weight gain that can lead to obesity. Additionally, those who suffer from binge eating disorder often will develop anxiety and depression.

Experts have not come to any conclusions as to what causes binge eating disorder. However, society views on the “ideal” body plays a major role in eating disorders. People who tend to suffer from depression, stress, or anxiety can also lead to binge eating.

Unlike other eating disorders, binge eating leaves more of an emotional effect on the body rather than physical. These emotional effects include anxiety, depression, grief, lack of control, and self-hatred. However, the physical effects are rapid weight gain and loss.

If you have any of the following symptoms, please seek help immediately:

  • Eating an excessive amount of food in a short period of time on a daily basis

  • Eating when you are not hungry because it releases stress

  • Cannot control your eating

  • Feeling embarrassed because you eat a lot

  • Eat to the point where you are so painfully full

  • Only eating because you are feeling bored, sad, lonely, or angry

GenPsych, PC, provider of top quality outpatient psychiatric and substance abuse services, stresses the importance of eating healthy. GenPsych offers a Healthy Eating and Living (HEAL) Program where certified counselors and doctors work closely with patients to develop a more sacred relationship with food and your body.

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