Binge Eating Disorder
An Overview of Symptoms & Treatments of Binge Eating Disorder (BED)
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Binge eating disorder is twice as common among women than men and is characterized by episodes of binge eating — eating an amount of food that is larger than what most people would eat and a sense of lacking any control over eating during the episode. People who engage in binge eating are uncomfortable and distressed by their behavior. For most people who binge eat, they do so at least once a week and usually tend to try and hide their behavior from others.
Treatment of binge eating disorder nearly always involves some type of psychotherapy, as well as medication. Some medications have been found to be especially helpful with certain eating disorders. If you believe you may be suffering from an eating disorder or know someone who is, please get help. Once properly diagnosed by a mental health professional, such disorders are readily treatable and often cured within a few months’ time.
A person with an eating disorder should not be blamed for having it! The disorders are caused by a complex interaction of social, biological and psychological factors which bring about the harmful behaviors. The important thing is to stop as soon as you recognize these behaviors in yourself, or to get help to begin the road to recovery.
A Family Guide to Eating Disorders, Part 1
A Family Guide to Eating Disorders, Part 2
Parents Important in the Prevention, Awareness of Eating Disorders
More Resources: Binge Eating Disorder on The Mighty
Q&A with Eating Disorder Specialist Sari Fine Shepphird: Part 1Q & A with Eating Disorder Specialist Sari Fine Shepphird: Part 2
Grohol, J. (2017). Binge Eating Disorder. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 14, 2017, from https://psychcentral.com/disorders/binge-eating/