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Binge Eating Disorder Binge eating is probably the most common of the eating disorders and affects about 2 of adults in the United States Binge eaters also tend to be older than those with anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa and nearly half of all binge eaters are men Most people with binge eating disorders are obese which is defined as being 20 or more above a persons normal body weight The cause of binge eating disorder is still unknown Persons with this disorder are distressed by it especially if they are trying to lose weight About 50 of obese binge eaters are depressed or have a history of depression Negative emotions such as anger sadness boredom and anxiety can also trigger binge eating Impulsive behaviors and other psychological problems have also been reported to be more common in binge eaters Some of the behaviors which can signal that a person has a binge eating disorder are as follows h HeShe feels their eating is out of control h Eat what most people would consider an unusually large amount of food h Eat until they are so full they feel uncomfortable h Eat large amounts of food when they are not hungry h Eat alone because they are embarrassed about the quantity of food they eat h Feel disgusted depressed or guilty after eating The major complication of binge eating is obesity and the diseases that accompany obesity These complications include diabetes high blood pressure high cholesterol levels gallbladder disease heart disease and certain types of cancer Other complications are depression and other psychological problems which may come about because of the persons obesity and also due to a feeling a loss of control over their eating habits Although not all binge eaters are obese the treatment for binge eaters who are obese is similar to treating obesity such as a weight loss program but it
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