The importance of binge eating treatments
Binge eating disorder (BED) is a serious, life-threatening eating disorder characterized by recurrent episodes of binge eating. Binge eating episodes are defined as eating, in a discrete period of time (usually within 2 hours), an amount of food that is definitely larger than what most people would eat in a similar period of time under similar circumstances. Binge eating episodes are associated with three (or more) of the following: eating much more rapidly than normal; feeling that one cannot control one’s eating; eating until feeling uncomfortably full; eating large amounts of food even when not feeling physically hungry; eating alone because of feeling embarrassed by how much one is eating, and feeling disgusted with oneself, depressed, or very guilty afterward.
Binge eating disorder is the most common eating disorder in the United States. It affects women slightly more often than men and typically begins in adolescence or young adulthood. However, it can develop in childhood or later in adulthood.
Binge eating disorder is a serious, life-threatening eating disorder that is associated with numerous medical and psychological problems. These include, but are not limited to, obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, stroke, gastrointestinal problems, and sleep disorders. Binge eating disorder is also associated with an increased risk for suicide.
There are many binge eating treatments and usually, a combination of psychotherapy and medication is often the most effective treatment approach.
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