Essay on Binge Eating

998 Words Oct 10th, 2013 4 Pages
Binge-Eating Disorder

Many people are affected by overeating compulsions and binge eating is a disorder I am very interested in exploring. We all overeat from time to time. Taking an extra helping at Thanksgiving dinner or having dessert when you’re already full. But for binge eaters, overeating is regular and uncontrollable. A binge eater uses food to cope with stress and other negative emotions, even though afterwards you feel even worse. You may feel like you’re stuck in a vicious cycle, binge eating disorder is treatable. With the right help and support, you can learn to control your eating and develop a healthy relationship with food.
Binge eating disorder is characterized by compulsive overeating in which people consume
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A “discrete period of time” refers to a limited period, usually less than two hours. A single episode of binge eating need not be restricted to one setting. For example, an individual may begin a binge in a restaurant and then continue to eat on returning home. Continual snacking on small amounts of food throughout the day would not be considered an eating binge. Binge eating appears to be characterized more by an abnormality in the amount of food consumed than by a craving for a specific nutrient. People with eating disorder struggle with feelings of guilt, disgust, and depression. They worry about what the compulsive eating will do to their bodies and beat themselves up for their lack of self-control. They desperately want to stop binge eating, but feel like they can’t.
Binge eating may be comforting for a brief moment, but when reality sets back in, along with regret and self-loathing. Binge eating often leads to weight gain and obesity, which only reinforces compulsive eating. The worse a binge eater feels about themselves and their appearance, the more they use food to cope. It becomes a vicious cycle a person eats to feel better, feeling even worse, and then turning back to food for relief. Binge eating leads to a wide variety of physical, emotional, and social problems. People with binge eating disorder report more health issues, stress, insomnia, and suicidal thoughts than people without an

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