Binge Eating Disorder

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Eating too much isn 't abnormal-- think about Thanksgiving and Christmas, and when you stuff yourself with holiday treats. There is a big difference between obesity and the psychological disorder called BED. 5% of the world’s population having had this illness at some point in their life. Binge Eating Disorder can be defined as excessive periods of overeating to the point of being uncomfortable, even if one is not hungry. People who binge eat tend to have a restricted diet during the day and prefer to eat alone, leaving them vulnerable to binge at night (Mathes, Brownley, Mo, & Bulik, 2009). Unlike anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, BED does not include behaviors such as excessive exercise or self-induced vomiting. Instead, it is a cycle brought on by feelings of shame and regret due to obesity, leading to a binge and creating that same …show more content…
Siblings, friends, parents and others around them have unique experiences and many different feelings while coping with the effects of binge eating disorder on the person and as well as their own lives. The strain of living with an eating disorder can create tensions and divisions within the family. Each individual involved will most likely be affected in many different ways. Some common examples of coping is initially a state of confusion paired with grief, anger, guilt and or fear.
To conclude, Binge Eating Disorder as a prevailing disorder in the field of psychology is most common in women and children, it can be treated, and the consequences can be severe for the affected and the people around them. Binge eating is a psychological ailment that is very different from obesity. Doctors do not know the exact cause of BED, but strong evidence reveals that it is caused by a combination of environmental, social, and biological factors (Mathes et al. 2009). According to Antioch University Community Psych Eating Disorder Team

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