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Do you have a Binge Eating Disorder (BED)?

Your stomach is full still you cannot stop eating; you like to eat alone trying to hide your multiple big servings from your family and friends; and even find it difficult to control yourself from overloading seeing your favorite foods like puddings, cakes or chicken burgers? And when once done, regret, guilt, and annoyance of overeating follows and obviously a stomach ache, heartburn or indigestion etc. If all these are true for you, then you might be suffering from Binge Eating Disorder (BED) and need to see your physician as soon as possible.

What is Binge Eating Disorder (BED)?

Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is a compulsive overeating disorder where you consume large amount of food while feeling helpless to control yourself. It is characterized by frequent and rapidly eating binge episodes.

The binge eaters usually suffer from depression, anxiety, and guilt. They unsuccessfully try to diet or eat normal meals. They get so conscious about their eating behavior that often develop low self-esteem and even start disliking themselves.

Why do I end up eating, even if I do not want to overeat?

Although there is no specific known cause of BED but researchers believe it can be due to your genes, biological factors like hormonal changes, and emotional and psychological conditions like stress or depression. Usually teenagers and adults are more prone to binge eating disorder.

How will Binge Eating Disorder affect my health?

Mostly, the effects of eating disorder are not immediate. They are visible in long term. Emotionally and physically you would be under stress. This eating disorder also leads you towards obesity, diabetes, heart disease, osteoarthritis, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, kidney disorders, etc. In extreme cases to protect you from certain diseases, you might require treatments like liposuction or bariatric surgery for fat removal and controlled eating.

How to control my overeating behavior?

A mindful eating and careful planning can prevent eating disorders like BED. However, it is also important to note binge eating disorder never goes away on its own. You need to seriously get it treated.

Rather than later treating serious effects of BED and spending high on medications and treatments like knee replacement, angioplasty, etc., it is better to see your doctor immediately and know how and what you can do to control your binge eating based on your medical condition.

Also share your concerns with your loved one, family or friend. You will very much require that willful moral and emotional support throughout the treatment of binge eating disorder.

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