With Binge Eating Disorder (BED), people experience recurring episodes of overeating that happen in a rapid manner and short timeframe. These episodes usually occur when they are not hungry and can extend past the point of a person reaching extreme fullness. People who struggle with this disorder may feel as if they have no control over their eating habits during an episode, where they can’t stop eating, can’t decide what to eat or can’t determine how much they should be eating.
If you are struggling with Binge Eating Disorder, it is normal for your binge eating episodes to be marked by significant distress followed by feelings of shame, guilt and depression. These episodes happen, on average, at least once a week for three months or longer. Unlike other forms of eating disorders, people who have Binge Eating Disorder do not usually use inappropriate or unhealthy weight control tactics such as fasting or purging to counteract their binges.
Individuals with Binge Eating Disorder may live in higher weight bodies, however, anyone at any weight may struggle with the disorder. For those at higher weights, cultural weight stigma and bullying experiences may play a significant role in the development of Binge Eating Disorder, as well as co-occurring mood disorders and addictions.
An estimated 3.5% of women, 2% of men, and 30% to 40% of those seeking weight loss treatments can be clinically diagnosed with Binge Eating Disorder. BED is the most common eating disorder among U.S. adults and affects three times the number of those diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa combined.
If you are struggling with Binge Eating Disorder it is important to know that you are not alone. The Alliance is here and we understand what you are going through. While it may not seem possible now, it’s important to know that life in full recovery is possible. Our team of experienced experts is uniquely trained to seek out and connect you with the necessary resources to get you there. Connect with us at Findedhelp.com to find eating disorder treatment options near you today, or continue reading to discover more about Binge Eating Disorder.