Bipolar Central
Devoted to Helping Those Living
with Bipolar Disorder

Click Here for Your Free Bipolar DVD
Home | About Bipolar Disorder | About David Oliver | Bipolar Articles/Stories | Bipolar Success Stories | Blogs and Podcast | Catalog | Contact | Current Bipolar News David Oliver In the News | Donate | Events | FAQ's | FREE Resources | Health Directory | Other Illnesses | Recommended Sites | Site Map | Speaking | Testimonials
FOLLOW US!
Simple yet effective strategies to cope with your loved one.

Binge Eating Disorder (BED)

Binge Eating Disorder (BED) affects millions of Americans. It is sometimes referred to as Compulsive Eating or Compulsive Overeating. Patients with Binge Eating Disorder eat large amounts of food with no ability to control the amount they are eating and a feeling of shame or guilt about overeating. This disorder is not the same as the binge-purge syndrome that characterizes Bulimia Nervosa. Binge Eating Disorder patients typically do not purge after eating or using laxatives. And while everyone may overeat on occasion, BED is not just a case of isolated incidents. We’ve all eaten too much on a holiday or at a backyard barbeque, but patients with binge eating disorder regularly binge in spite of their desire to stop. They eat to cope with challenges and stress, and with feelings of low self-esteem and insecurity, though their overeating causes shame and feelings of disgust.

Patients may use binging to keep others away, maintain an overweight appearance in the belief that no one likes fat people because these patients may feel unworthy of attention or love. As with Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder can be used as self-punishment for being a bad person. Stress often triggers binge eating, and binging will also occur when personal standards are not fulfilled.

There is no known cause for binge eating disorder, but research between brain chemicals and metabolism suggests that genetics may be at play in obesity and in eating disorders, as this disorder often occurs in several members of a family. This research is still preliminary. It should also be noted that half of all people with binge eating disorder suffer from some form of depression. It is unclear whether depression causes BED or if BED causes depression. Patients with BED may abuse alcohol, exhibit impulsive behavior or feel out of control, and they may feel separate and isolated from others in their workplace, family or community.

What are the symptoms?

There are various symptoms associated with BED. Some secondary physical symptoms occur because of the patient’s unhealthy eating habits.

  • Consumes unusually large quantities of food in a short period of time (less than 2 hours)
  • Difficulty in losing weight and in maintaining a healthy weight
  • Eats in secret because of shame or embarrassment
  • Eats when under stress or facing emotional challenges
  • Eats quickly, unable to control what or how much they are eating
  • Feels anxious, lonely or depressed
  • Obsesses about food and body image,
    experiments with different diets
  • Eats uncontrollably past the point of feeling uncomfortably full
  • Above average weight or overweight
  • Eating continuously without ever feeling satisfied
  • Low self-esteem, suicidal thoughts
  • Keeps eating even though it will cause more pain and distress, feels disgusted or guilty after binging, unable to stop binging in spite of repeated attempts
  • Patient feels afraid that they can’t binge without help
  • Binges at least twice every week over a period of months

Symptoms of complications of BED can include classic obesity-related health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, gallbladder problems, heart disease, and even some kinds of cancer.

How is it diagnosed and treated?

Doctors use various techniques to determine whether a patient has a binge eating disorder. Doctors will also perform a full physical examination to rule out other disorders and to identify secondary health problems that may occur with eating disorders. In most cases, they will look for the following signs:

  • Frequent episodes of eating abnormally large amounts of food
  • Eating much more rapidly than usual.
  • Eating large amounts of food, even when not physically hungry.
  • Feelings of disgust, depression, or guilt after overeating
  • Frequently feeling unable to control what or how much is being eaten
  • Eating until uncomfortably full
  • Eating alone because of embarrassment at quantity of food the patient is eating

Most people who have a Binge Eating Disorder often hide it from family and friends, and have tried unsuccessfully to control it on their own.

Treatment(s) can include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Medications as appropriate: antidepressants, or topiramate
  • Psychotherapy
  • Gastrointestinal surgery for weight loss in extreme cases
  • Self-Help Groups like Overeaters Anonymous

Index of Articles

Statistics

About 2% of Americans (4 million) have a binge eating disorder. 10-15% of mildly obese people who diet on their own or through weight-loss programs have binge eating disorder. The disorder is more common in people who are significantly obese.

BED is a slightly more common in women than in men (three women for every two men).

A study of 23 people with eating disorders found that 1 had anorexia nervosa, 3 had bulimia nervosa and 19 had a binge-eating disorder. These findings, though limited to a small control group, are consistent with the statistics and percentages of the overall population of patients suffering from an eating disorder.

If you are in a crisis please call:
1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433) or
1-800-273-TALK (8255)


Search Bipolar Central


FREE Bipolar News,
Tips, Tricks and Secrets
Name:
Email:
Please Select:
  Please describe your situation:

Loved One With Bipolar Disorder?
Discover How to Help Your Loved One Live with Bipolar Disorder

Do You Have Bipolar Disorder?
Learn the Secrets to Living with Bipolar Disorder

Child With Bipolar Disorder?
Learn How to REALLY Help

Dating Someone With Bipolar?
Secrets to a Successful Relationship

Marrying Someone With Bipolar?
Learn How to Support Your Spouse

Need Money Because of Bipolar Disorder?
Learn How to Be Successful

Drug Addiction and Bipolar Disorder
Secrets to Beating Drug Addiction

Need Affordable Health Insurance?
Information You Can't Live Without If You Have Bipolar Disorder

In Debt Because of Bipolar Disorder?
Get out of debt fast!

Improve Your Emotional Health
Reduce Your Stress Levels and Increase Your Brain Power



This Week's Bipolar News

Survey finds benefits, risks of yoga for bipolar disorder
sciencecodex
PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Right now no one can say whether yoga provides clinical benefits to people with bipolar disorder, but in a ...

Life events may worsen bipolar I disorder course
news-medical
A study suggests that negative life events may trigger depressive episodes in patients with bipolar I disorder. However, in contrast to previous research ...

Click here for all Bipolar News.

RSS Feed

Featured Article:

The Warning Signs Of An Impending Bipolar Disorder Manic Episode

Bipolar disorder - as the name implies - involves two distinct set of symptoms. One set throws the individual down into the depths of a massive depression. The other places the individual who suffers with bipolar disorder at the top of a peak manic episode.

Most everyone can eventually recognize the warning signs of an impending depressive episode related to bipolar disorder. More likely than not, individuals with bipolar disorder try very hard to avoid it.

However, for many individuals with bipolar disorder, it's more difficult to recognize the signs of an impending manic episode. After all, a manic episode of bipolar disorder can be mistaken in some cases - especially in the very early formation -- for the lifting of the corresponding mood swing of the depression.

Click here to read the entire article

Stop Panic Attacks

Fat Burning Secret

Visit Our Other Websites:
Borderline Central
Health and Wealth Central
Mental Health World
SchizoInfo.com - coming soon

Home | About Bipolar Disorder | About David Oliver | Bipolar Articles/Stories | Bipolar Success Stories | Blogs and Podcast | Catalog | Contact | Current Bipolar News
David Oliver In the News | Donate | Events | FAQ's | FREE Resources | Health Directory | Other Illnesses | Recommended Sites | Site Map | Speaking | Testimonials
The information contained on this web page is not meant to provide medical advice.
Specific medical advice should be obtained from a qualified and licensed health-care practitioner.
There is no warranty that the information is free from all errors and omissions or that it meets any particular standard.

Terms of Service | Privacy Policy

Copyright 2004- 2014 , BipolarCentral.com