Binge Eating Disorder

binge eating springfield moObesity has now reached epidemic levels in the United States. Today, ten million adults struggle with binge eating disorder.

Although billions of dollars are spent each year on weight-loss programs and diet products, the number of dangerously overweight children and adults continues to grow.

Binge Eating Disorder is when a person binges uncontrollably on large amounts of food, often consuming thousands of calories at a time. The individual is not eating because of physiological hunger; instead, the behavior is driven by the need to regulate unpleasant or painful emotions. This condition differs from bulimia because the individual does not subsequently purge after the binge. Studies show that more people suffer from binge eating disorder than anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa combined.

Binge eating is very hard on the human body, since it was never intended to ingest so much food at one time. The primary medical consequence of binge eating disorder is obesity. This disorder can cause heart disease, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol levels and type-II diabetes. Many of these medical complications can improve once a person changes their behaviors. And for those medical issues that don’t resolve, the sooner a person seeks treatment, the less severe the complication will be.