Binge Eating Disorders Affecting Teenagers

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Why binge eating disorders affect more to teenagers? Every three teenagers who seek treatment for their weight are compulsive eaters. In 1959, Albert Stunkard (a professor of the University of Pennsylvania) was the first person to describe binge eating as a medical disorder in obese people. In a study done with a group of patients with obesity, Stunkard made the observation that each of the patients had a pattern of nocturnal ingestion in which he called it “Night Eating Syndrome.” However, in 1970 Korhaber gave the term “Syndrome Filler” as the obese entity characterized by three symptoms: hyperphagia which means eating an excessive amount of food, emotional distress and depression. Furthermore, in 1994 the term binge eating disorder appearance …show more content…
Most people in the United States are overweight. The consumption of processed foods is so addictive that it causes almost the same effect on the brain when drugs are consumed because of this act in the reward system of the brain. The reward system of the brain is a set of structures that, through stimuli, makes us feel right after performing some activity or modifies behavior through positive reinforcement. This not only responds with pleasure to an action or attitude but us also responsible for leaning that behavior and then repeating it, associating it with the pleasant sensation. However, the food gives a temptation to continue to overeat and unable to stop causing addiction. On the other hand, in a study called “Which Foods May be Addictive? The Roles of Processing content, and Glycemic Load” (Schulte EM, Avena NM, Gearhardt AN (2015) Which Foods May be Addictive? The Roles of Processing, Fat Content, and Glycemic Load. PLoS ONE 10(2): e0117959. Doi.10.1371/journal.pone.0117959) investigated which foods were more addictive by using a questionnaire of Yale Food Addiction Scale (YFAS) in where it was based on a series of phrases that describe the symptoms and sensations of no control and discomfort of the addictive behaviors. These studies show that the rate of addition to food among obese and adolescent children is high. However, this study concludes that there are foods with too much salt, sugar or fat that makes you addicted to eating …show more content…
Most people eat too often, and other eat more than they should. However, eating a large amount of food does not mean that the individual has binge eating disorder. The majority of the people with serious binge eating disorder have some of the following symptoms: they have episodes of eating what other people consider excessive and frequent feelings of not being able to control what they eat or how much you eat. However, other persons start eating faster than normal until they feel uncomfortably full while another people eat even without hunger and most of the time eat alone because they feel the embarrassment of the amount of food they had eaten. People usually has symptoms of disgust and depress after every

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