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What is Binge Eating and what are the issues?

Wednesday, 07 December 2011. Posted in Eating Disorders

What is Binge Eating Disorder?

Binge eating disorder is characterized by compulsive overeating in which people consume huge amounts of food while feeling out of control and powerless to stop. The problems usually start in late teens or early adulthood.

A binge eating episode can last several hours or it can last all day. Binge eaters often eat even when they’re not hungry and continue eating long after they’re full. They may also gorge themselves as fast as they can while barely registering what they’re eating or tasting.

The key features of binge eating disorder are:

  • Frequent episodes of uncontrollable binge eating.
  • Feeling extremely distressed or upset during or after bingeing.
  • Unlike bulimia, there are no regular attempts to “make up” for the binges through vomiting, fasting, or over-exercising.
  • Eating when not hungry and eating in secret or eating at night

The behaviour makes the individual suffer from extreme feelings of guilt, shame, disgust and depression. They desperately want to stop binge eating, but feel like they can’t.

If you think you may need treatment,
call us to arrange a private consultation.

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Health Consequences of Binge Eating Disorder:

The health risks of BED are most commonly those associated with clinical obesity. Some of the potential health consequences of binge eating disorder include:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol levels
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Sleep apnoea

However, treatment is available and at Clinical Partners we have a team of specialists who are able to help individuals suffering from binge eating.  By calling us in confidence on 0203 326 9160 we can discuss you situation and recommend a specialist who can help you.


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