When Thinking About An Eating Disorder Essay

1338 Words Dec 12th, 2016 6 Pages
When thinking about an eating disorder, one tends to automatically think about bulimia and anorexia nervosa. People seem to be more concerned with these two disorders except one, binge eating. Although anorexia and bulimia seem to obtain the most attention, BED (binge eating disorder) is the most common in the United States. Why leave BED behind? Since eating disorders can lead to suicide and even death, more people should consider taking mental illness seriously. What exactly does BED mean? Binge eating is when a person eats a huge amount of food in a short period of time and has no control over it. Once the person realizes what has happened they seem to be empowered by guilt and disgust. It sounds a bit like bulimia but the difference here is that the sufferer does not provoke self-induced vomiting. Even though some research says that binge eating is associated with obese and overweight people that is certainly not true. One can be overweight and not have this disorder. Also one can be underweight and plainly love to eat a lot. Not always does it have to mean that an obese person suffers from binge eating just like a “skinny” person does not have to be anorexic. According to some people this research can be wrong due to their opinions. One can have whatever age and suffer from this disorder. Anyone can suffer from this eating disorder, but it is most prevalent among women. However, BED is the most common eating disorder among men. Research has it that this disorder…

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