Binge eating disorder, also known as binge eating syndrome or compulsive overeating, is a condition that has been recognized by the American Psychiatric Association. Eating disorders tend to develop as a way to cope with more serious problems, such as anxiety or depression.
Individuals who have binge eating disorder may consume a lot of meals in a short period of time. A person usually feels pleasure during a binge and then becomes ashamed or powerless afterwards.
Signs and Symptoms of BED
People who have BED frequently experience severe dissatisfaction or distress regarding their overeating, weight, and body form. The following are examples of binge eating symptoms:
- eating much more rapidly than normal
- eating until uncomfortably full
- eating large amounts without feeling hungry
- eating alone due to feelings of embarrassment and shame
- feelings of guilt or disgust with oneself
Potential Causes of BED
Although binge eating disorder has been studied extensively, there is still a lot of study being done into its cause. There are several factors that may contribute to the development of binge eating disorder, including:
- Genetics — People with BED may be more sensitive to dopamine, which is responsible for feelings of reward and pleasure.
- Gender — BED is more common in women.
- Body image — Those with BED often have a negative body image.
- Emotional trauma — People who have gone through stressful life events, like abuse, death, or a car accident, show a greater risk.
- Other conditions — Almost 80% of people with BED have at least one additional psychological disorder like depression, PTSD, bipolar disorder, anxiety, or substance abuse.
Binge eating disorder typically strikes between the ages of 13 and 25, although it can affect anybody. The majority of individuals need help and encouragement to get over their BED, and if left untreated, it can endure for many years.
The GMI Research Centers are researching BED and are seeking new participants to join. Our studies seek to determine the safety and efficacy of an investigatory drug for the treatment of those with the disease. To see if you qualify for our study, be sure to give us a call today.