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BINGE-EATING THAT PLAGUES ADULTS NOW RECOGNIZED AS A DISORDERMany people binge once in a while like at the holiday season or even just stress related But when you do it constantly it gets to be a problem Specialist Karen Eselson Belding says Binge-eating disorder is when an individual repeatedly consumes extremely large quantities of food-several thousand calories at a time-in an effort to cope with whatever is bothering them emotionally like depression grief of boredom This disorder affects 2 to 5 of Americans It is way more widespread than anorexic or bulimicMost binge-eaters let food control their lives They eat as much as they can then sleep for eight or more hours Yet binge-eaters are good at hiding their problem friends and family usually dont recognize a binge Although some people might not think that binge eating is not as dangerous as anorexia or bulimia they are wrong If the person has diabetes hypertension or other chronic weight triggered conditions they are also in great deals of trouble Another difference that separates this disorder with another is that who it strikes Anorexic and bulimic sufferers are 90-95 female On the other hand binge eating effects both men and women men about one-third and woman less than two thirds Most binge eaters are overweight and find themselves as failures Numerous surveys show that one third of people enrolled in weight loss programs are binge eaters Experts are not positive on what causes binge eating but believes it is a psychological basis and stress related There are certain treatment options for binge eating disorders such as cognitive behavior therapy psychoanalysis and anti-depressant medications such as Prozac Through cognitive therapy a therapist teaches the patient to understand the connection between feelings and episodes of bingeing Counselors do not give the patients a diet to follow or does not tell them what foods are good or bad for a feeling of freedom If they tell them they cant eat
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