Essay on Binge Eating Disorder : Anorexia And Bulimia

1733 Words Oct 6th, 2016 7 Pages
Binge Eating Disorder has oftentimes been categorized with Anorexia and Bulimia. Respectively, each of the disorders is well known in twenty-first century society. Binge Eating Disorder is very different from the other two, and becomes a little misunderstood. Anorexia is essentially starving yourself of food to lose weight. “Binge eating disorder is the most common eating disorder in the United States; it is estimated to affect 1-5% of the general population. BED affects 3.5% of women, 2% of men, 1 and up 1.6% of adolescents” (Sieber 1). Bulimia is binge eating, and purging of the food from the body. Binge Eating Disorder is a stand-alone eating disorder. “Binge Eating Disorder is an eating disorder characterized by recurrent episodes of eating large quantities of food (often very quickly and to the point of discomfort); a feeling of loss of control during the binge; experiencing shame, distress or guilt afterwards; and not regularly using unhealthy compensatory measures (e.g., purging) to counter the binge eating.” ("Binge Eating Disorder." 1). Though the causes are obscure for B.E.D, there are a number of triggers involved with this eating disorder. Despite the fact there are several complications that arise due to the various triggers, Binge Eating Disorder has various helpful treatment options for those who struggle with this disease. Emotional triggers are commonly paired with wanting to feel comforted, not necessarily by hunger in the case of B.E.D. “Emotional…

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