When You Can’t Stop Eating: A Closer Look at Binge-Eating Disorder (BED)

What Are The Impacts of Binge-Eating Disorder?
There are several complications associated with Binge-Eating Disorder, including Physical Impacts and Emotional Impacts. They are as follows:

Physical Impacts of Binge-Eating Disorder:

Regular overeating will inevitably lead to weight gain. This is the main reason why persons with BED are usually overweight (about 20%) and oftentimes even obese (about 65%). Individuals with BED are also at a much higher risk for developing Type II diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. Gallbladder disease and heart disease are two other common physical effects of binge-eating. Other physical problems include joint pain and osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, and general gastrointestinal issues.

Emotional Impacts of Binge-Eating Disorder

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BED is associated with a variety of emotional and psychological consequences, such as low self-esteem, poor body image, and feelings of helplessness. These feelings can quickly lead to Depression and other mood disorders. Some sufferers even report having suicidal ideation due to their inability to control themselves when it comes to eating. Others self-medicate by using drugs and/or alcohol to “numb” the negative feelings they are having about themselves due to their disorder. Anxiety Disorders are common in BED sufferers as well.

How is Binge-Eating Disorder Treated?

While self-help techniques may offer temporary relief from Binge-Eating Disorder symptoms, it is important to seek out help from a professional counselor or therapist for your Eating Disorder. Usually these things do not go away on their own, and despite your best efforts, you may find yourself repeating old habits when certain events or emotions trigger you. If you live in the San Diego area and are currently looking for an Eating Disorder counselor, please give my office a call today for a consultation.

Each treatment plan is individualized based on the needs and specific circumstances of the client. There is no one “miracle” approach to treating Binge-Eating Disorder. Together, we will tailor a personalized treatment regimen that you are comfortable with following in order to treat your symptoms of binge-eating. If necessary, we may address issues of your past which may be contributing to your current Eating Disorder (i.e. traumatic childhood experience, difficulties coping with negative emotions and/or stress, low self-esteem, etc.). Together, we will get to the root of the problem which will then help us to alleviate your symptoms and ultimately make you feel better about your body and yourself overall.

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