Binge Eating Disorder Symptoms and Treatment

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Binge Eating Disorder. What’s that?

        Binge Eating Disorder or BED is compulsive overeating or consuming abnormal amounts of food while feeling unable to stop and a loss of control. Binge eating episodes are typically classified as occurring on average a minimum of 2 per week for a duration of 6 months.
Binge-eating disorder is eating disorder in which you frequently consume unusually large amounts of food and feel unable to stop eating.

Binge eating disorder is the most common eating disorder in the United States. According to the National Eating Disorders Association, it is believed to affect 2 percent of men, 3.5 percent of women, and up to 1.6 percent of adolescents. It is characterized by repeated episodes of binge eating without the compensatory behaviors found in bulimia nervosa. Binge eating disorder was only recently classified as an official diagnosis. As such, knowledge about it lags behind that of anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.

Almost everyone overeats on occasion, such as having seconds or thirds of a holiday meal. For some people, excessive overeating that feels out of control and becomes a regular occurrence crosses the line to binge-eating disorder.
You may be embarrassed about overeating and vow to stop. But it feel such a compulsion that you can’t resist the urges and continue binge eating. If you have binge-eating disorder, treatment can help.

Bingo eating disorder symptoms.
The following are several behavioral and emotional signs and symptoms of BED:

Stockpiling food to consume secretly at a later time
Eating normally in the presence of others but gorging when isolated
Continually eating even when full
Inability to stop eating or control what is eaten
Never experiencing satiation: the state of being satisfied, no matter the amount of food consumed
Experiencing feelings of stress or anxiety that can only be relieved by eating
Feelings of numbness or lack of sensation while bingeing
The consequences of BED involve many physical, social, and emotional difficulties.

Some of these complications:
Type 2 Diabetes
Insomnia or sleep apnea
Cardiovascular disease
Gastrointestinal difficulties

Depression and/or anxiety
Hypertension
Gallbladder disease
Muscle and/or joint pain

Treatment of Binge Eating Disorder.
Treatment of binge eating disorder is challenging enough, because most people feel ashamed of their disorder and try to hide it. Often, they’re so successful that close family members and friends don’t know they binge eat.
This problem require a big treatment plan that’s tailored to meet our individual needs. The goal is to help us gain control over our eating behavior. Most often, it involves a combination of strategies.

Medication
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) is approved by the FDA to treat binge eating disorder. The drug, helps reduce the number of episodes and is the first FDA-approved medication to treat binge eating disorder. The most common side effects are trouble sleeping, dry mouth,  increased heart rate, and jittery feelings. But it also has more risk, like stroke, psychiatric disturbances, and heart attack,
The antiseizure drug topiramate (Topamax) may also help, but its side effects can include memory problems, tingling sensations in fingers and toes, trouble speaking, and sedation.

Psychotherapy
This is a type of counseling that focuses on changing behavior (behavioral therapy) and your thinking (cognitive therapy). It includes practical techniques for developing healthy attitudes toward food and weight, as well as approaches for changing the way you respond to difficult situations.
Most people get better from binge eating disorder with treatment and support.

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