Eating disorders in common life - binge eating

Eating disorders in common life. This time about binge eating (unfortunately common even in bikinifitness) in our article by Alica HEVEROVA. 

Eating disorders are serious, life-threatening problems that are messing up with person’s emotional and physical health. They are seriously devastating conditions that can have critical impact on health, fertility, and relationships as well. This problem will not just fade away over night and every person suffering from these kinds of cruxs needs to seek professional help.

What is Binge eating?

Honestly, lot of us overeat from time to time. Lot of people sometimes feel like they have eaten far more than they should have ( mainly at celebrations, party, nobel occasions, when going out or during some stressing periods of lifetime ).  But Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is different and commonly known by compulsive overeating or consuming abnormal amounts of food while feeling unable to stop and person looses control over himself... 
The binge helps people to block out thinknig, or provide a distraction from problems and negative feelings. This is however short-time release and is soon replaced with extreme guilt and shame.
People suffering from BED will not use compensatory behaviours, such as self- induced vomiting (which is characteristic among people suffering from Bulimia) or over-exercising after binge eating. Most of people with this disorder are overweight or obese.

How to know that someone is suffering from binge eating?

  •  Person is eating more rapidly than normal.
  •  Eating until feeling uncomfortably full.
  •  Eating large amounts of food even when the person is actually feeling hungry.
  •  Eating alone because of feeling embarrassed by how much the person is eating, also that person has fear of eating in public or with others
  •  Person has secret recurring episodes of overeating
  •  Feels lack of control over ability to stop eating
  •  Frequently diets
  •  Feeling disgusted with oneself, depressed, or very guilty afterwards.
  •  Constatly speaking and thinking about food
  •  Shows extreme concern with body weight and shape

How does binge eating affect your body?

The list of potential binge eating disorder complications includes:

  •  Type 2 diabetes
  •  High blood pressure
  •  High blood cholesterol
  •  Gallbladder disease
  •  Heart disease
  •  Certain cancers
  •  Osteoarthritis
  •  Joint and muscle pain
  •  Gastrointestinal problems
  •  Depression
  •  Anxiety
  •  Sleep apnea

How to cure BED?

As I mentioned above, person who suffer from eating disorder necessarily needs to seek professional help. There are a lot of specialists or therapists out there. Familiar is also National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) or Binge Eating disorder Association (BEDA). Treatment options can include:

  •  Individual psychotherapy
  •  Support or therapy groups
  •  Family/couples therapy
  •  Family member support/education
  •  Specialized nutrition counseling
  •  Medical/psychiatric support and medication management as needed
  •  Movement classes
  •  Meditation/Mindfulness instruction
  •  Art therapies, psychodrama
  •  Yoga

BED in fitness industry

It´s hard to admit that you have a serious eating disorder problem but that is the key. You can´t get help if you don´t admit that you need it. Athletes mostly don´t like to talk about bad side of preparation or about tough stuff in general. But it is there, lot of athletes suffer from BED. They need to stick to the strict diet for a few months and then, after competition season is over they just don´t know how to control their appetite and end up gaining 10 kg in a few days. It´s so hard to get back on a track after this. This is also one of the many reasons why competing is not for everyone. Someone can handle it but someone can not.

American studies NEDA revealed shocking findings:

  •  Approximately 40% of those with binge eating disorder are male.
  •  Three out of ten individuals looking for weight loss treatments show signs of BED
  •  BED is more than three times more common than anorexia and bulimia combined.


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