Eating disorder: Binge Eating
By Nmami Agarwal
Binge eating disorder is an overeating disorder where there are frequent episodes of eating too much food in a short span of time. Almost everyone overeats on some or the other occasion, but if this overeating becomes a regular phenomenon in your life then you’ve crossed the line to Binge eating disorder (abbreviated as BED).
On an average, the binge eating occurs at least once a week for three months and generally embarrassment accompany your overeating habit such that staying in isolation is preferred but your urge to eat more and more keeps your eating habit go undaunted.
When do your eating habits need to be classified as Binge eating?
Unusual eating of large amounts of food within a narrow bracket of time, such as over a two-hour period or excessive indulgence in eating large quantities, needs a serious attention. Feeling that your eating habits are out of control and there is an indefinite craving for eating more even when you’re not hungry is a manifestation of Binge Eating Disorder. Fluctuations (of much worth) in weight (both up and down), stomach cramps (other non-specific gastrointestinal complaints like constipation, acidic reflux, etc.) and poor concentration are some of the vital physical signs pointing towards binge eating. Eating rapidly or uncontrollably during binge episodes partnered by eating alone or hiding away from people and even when frequent dieting doesn’t help in weight loss, are some of the primary symptoms of Binge Eating Disorder. Depression, disgust, shame, or guilt indicating your intemperate eating habit, usually follows the binge eating episode, and if that’s the case with you then switching to someone’s advice is the must.
Binge Eating Disorder mandates obesity?
Usually, binge eating is associated with clinical obesity, but that’s not a compulsory cause and effect relationships as there are many exceptions to it. However, people wrestling with Binge eating tend to be normal or higher than the average weight keeping in consideration the age, sex and the stage of development. Though cutting down the food intake is the first and foremost step required to handle BED but starting straight away dieting may not turn fruitful. If there are any or all of the above symptoms marking your eating habits then looking for a doctor or a psychiatrist or a nutritionist can help you.
Over to you
Trimming the food intake and regulating your unnecessary eating urge by having words with friends, loved ones, someone trustworthy or someone alike is the first step of your determination headed towards defeating Binge Eating Disorder.
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