Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is a type of eating disorder characterized by excessive eating in a short space of time even when not hungry. However, binging episodes do not follow with purging (i.e. self induced vomiting), nor are laxatives or diuretics used.
WHO GETS BED?
Both men and women can suffer for this condition. Most common age range is between 20 and 40. Most people with BED are overweight or obese, however others might be at a regular weight.
There is not one but many factors that might cause BED. They are not always easy to identify but they might include any of the following
Symptoms will vary and can go completely unnoticed. However, the following are quite common:
The secret life of the binge eater is often very difficult for families to understand which can lead to frequent misunderstandings and arguments, especially during meal times.
Physical and psychological effects might include:
BED needs specialist help to treat both the psychological causes and its physical side effects. This is a process that can take time and will depend largely on the motivation levels of the person with BED to want to change. A multidisciplinary team composed of a medical doctor, a psychotherapist, a nutritionist amongst other experts will be required. Depending on levels of severity, either outpatient or inpatient treatment maybe advised. Seeking help can be difficult and filled with a lot of ambivalence. At MEEDA, we are here to help provide support and guide you in the best way possible. You can contact us or request a short talk over our Online HotLine.
Full recovery from BED is possible and many do recover in just a few months with the right professional help.