Binge Eating Disorder
Andrea Peare

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What is binge eating disorder?Binge eating disorder is more than just over-eating every once and a while. Binge eating disorder is a serious eating disorder where one eats excessive amounts of food in one sitting frequently. This form of compulsive eating is used to help one surpress any upset feelings or fill a void in their life. They eat when they aren't hungry and can't help but feel preoccupied with food because they know it will bring them temporary relief from daily stresses and depression. Binging is usually associated with overweight people but anyone could do it because they keep it a secret.

What are characteristics and symptoms of binge eating disorder?It's hard to know if someone has this because they hide it out of shame, guilt, and embarrassment. Binge eaters can easily hide this from family, friends, and strangers.Behavioral symptoms of binge eating are:- the inability to stop or control what you're is eating- quickly eating large amounts of food- eating even if you're full- hiding or stockpiling food to eat for later when no one can catch you- eating continuously through the day with no planned eating- eating more than nessecary, quickly in one sittingEmotional symptoms of binge eating are:- feeling stress or tension that is only relieve through eating and food- embarrassment over how much you're eating- feeling numb or on auto-pilot while binging- no matter how much you eat you aren't satisfied- feeling guilty, disgusted, and/or depressed after eating- being desperate to control weight or eating habits

How do you treat binge eating disorder?
Psychotherapy is the most common treatment for binge eating disorder. Psychotherapy is a way to treat mental illness by helping the person understand their disorder and come to terms with it through communication.There's no medication to directly treat binge eating disorder but anti-depressants are usually prescribed because binge eating disorder is linked with depression. There's also a drug called Topamax that is normally used to control seizures but has been found to help reduce binging episodes.

How does binge eating disorder interfere with daily life?
Having binge eating disorder causes someone to constantly be aware of it. Their thoughts are always on food and how guilty or upset they feel for eating so much. Their mind fights between wanting to stop eating so much and wanting to eat everything they can. They're more at risk for heart disease/failure, stroke, kidney failure, high blood-pressure and cholesterol, arthritis, and bone deterioration. They are constantly focused on the bad feelings that they want to suppress.
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Statistics for binge eating disorder:
- This is the most common but most undiagnosed eating disorder
- About 2% of adults in the US have binge eating disorder
- Binge eating disorder is more common in women than in men
- Approximately 1.9 million people in the United States compulsively eat
- 1 in every 142 people have binge eating disorder

Sources:
- http://helpguide.org/mental/binge_eating_disorder.htp
- http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/binge-eating-disorder/DS00608/DSECTION=treatments%2Dand%2Ddrugs
- http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/chicks-control/34799-what-compulsive-overeater-binge-eating-syndrome.html
- http://eating-disorders.emedtv.com/compulsive-eating-disorder/compulsive-eating-disorder-p2.html
- http://www.rightdiagnosis.com/b/binge_eating_disorder/stats.htm