Many people suffer from Binge Eating Disorder, and it is not something to be taken lightly. Eating large amounts of food can lead to serious health issues such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and many more.

What is Binge Eating Disorder?

Binge Eating Disorder Definition: Binge Eating Disorder refers to people who suffer from uncontrollable eating of large amounts of food and feeling incapable of stopping or controlling urges. This is a serious eating disorder. While many people can eat too much or too often occasionally, binge eaters do so excessively to where it becomes a regular occurrence and is uncontrollable.

Mayo Health Clinic sums it up by saying, “Almost everyone overeats on occasion, such as having seconds or thirds of a holiday meal. But for some people, excessive overeating that feels out of control and becomes a regular occurrence crosses the line to binge-eating disorder.”

Binge Eating Disorder - Uncontrollable Urge to Eat

Causes of Binge Eating

Binge Eating Disorder can have several causes and there is no one exact cause that can be solely held accountable. The causes of Binge Eating Disorder are:

  • Biological (Hormonal irregularities, family history, age, and genetic mutations)
  • Psychological (Depression, trouble coping with emotions, and low self-esteem)
  • Social and Cultural (Abuse, social pressure, bullying, etc.)

Those who suffer from the mentioned causes of Binge Eating Disorder may not fully realize what triggers set them off, what the underlying causes of their struggle are, or what steps are needed to overcome this life-threatening issue. And consequently, if not addressed, these causes can continue to take a toll on their health and life expectancy for many years.

Binge Eating Disorder Related Issues

Some issues that can be caused if the Binge Eating Disorder is not taken care of include:

  • Hypertension
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Joint and Muscle Pain
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Obesity
  • Preventable Early Death

Treatment Options and Therapy for Binge Eating Disorder

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT): This is an effective therapy for those suffering from depression. CBT focuses on thoughts that cause depression and focuses on how to overcome these thoughts.
  • Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT): This is a solution to depression that focuses on how the patient’s interactions or lack of interaction with others around them may be causing issues in their life.
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): This therapy option focuses primarily on high-risk, tough-to-treat patients, (such as those with suicidal behavior and borderline personality disorder), and focuses on changing thinking patterns in order to reduce depression.

If you have Binge Eating Disorder and are at a place where you know you have a problem, seeking help can add years to your life. Though you may feel guilty or like there is no coming back from this struggle, there are great resources available and it is never too late to make a change!

How Bariatric Surgery Can Help Binge Eating

Bariatric Surgery can prove to be a highly effective tool in overcoming Binge Eating Disorder. Gastric sleeve surgery can eliminate the feeling of hunger, which can reduce the chances of overeating since your body may not crave food. However, because Binge Eating Disorder can be a disorder that is not tied directly to hunger, but more so emotions, it is possible to still struggle with the disorder.

If necessary, counseling alongside surgery is recommended by the Mayo Clinic to ensure that underlying causes of your struggle with Binge Eating Disorder are addressed. A nutritionist is also a great source of support when going through such a big dietary and lifestyle change. Joining eating disorder support groups can also be a great way to find a community of people struggling with Binge Eating Disorder.

If you are considering bariatric surgery and need help with your diet, we offer nutritional guidance going into and out of surgery. Feel free to contact us at any time to schedule an over-the-phone consultation with one of our patient coordinators.

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