Binge eating disorder (BED) is a serious condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It is characterised by episodes of excessive eating, also known as binge eating, followed by feelings of shame, guilt, and disgust. People with BED may also experience feelings of hopelessness and a lack of control over their eating behaviour.
BED is now recognised as a separate eating disorder by the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5)
Binge eating disorder is different from compulsive overeating, which is characterized by a constant preoccupation with food and an inability to stop eating, even when full. Compulsive overeating is a subtype of BED.
Binge eating disorders can have serious physical and emotional consequences. People with BED are at a higher risk of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and other health problems. They may also experience depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem.
The treatment of BED usually involves a combination of therapy, medication, and self-help strategies. Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) is a form of therapy that focuses on changing negative thought patterns and behaviours related to food.
Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) is another form of therapy that focuses on relationships and emotions. IPT can be helpful for people who have a history of emotional trauma or relationship problems.
Medications such as antidepressants can also help treat BED. These medications can help to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety, which can be related to BED.
Self-help strategies can also help manage BED. These strategies include:
In conclusion, binge eating disorder is a serious condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It is characterized by episodes of excessive eating, also known as binge eating, followed by feelings of shame, guilt, and disgust. People with BED may also experience feelings of hopelessness and a lack of control over their eating behaviour. BED can have serious physical and emotional consequences. The treatment of BED usually involves a combination of therapy, medication, and self-help strategies.
With HealthAssure, one can have a one-on-one session with a health and nutrition coach who can provide personalized support and guidance. A coach can work with you to identify triggers that lead to binge eating and can help you develop a diet plan that can lower the frequency of binge eating. They can also provide you with strategies for managing stress, and teach you how to make healthier food choices. With the help of a coach, you can take the first step towards recovery and regain control over your eating habits.
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