Pounds added to body mass, often resulting from overeating or lack of physical activity.
If you have a binge eating disorder, your eating habits could lead to serious problems that might last a lifetime.
These include:- Weight Gain and Obesity
Weight gain is common when you binge eat. Two-thirds of those with the disorder are overweight. You put on extra pounds by eating lots of food in a short period of time and not burning the calories off with exercise.
A lot of people who binge feel bad about their weight, too. This leads to low self-esteem, which can cause more overeating. Being overweight or obese can also raise your chances of getting long-term health problems.
Binge eating disorder is not the only eating disorder potentially experienced by people with higher weight. People with higher weight may experience a range of eating disorders including but not limited to other specified feeding or eating disorder (OSFED; which includes ‘atypical anorexia nervosa’), bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder
Eating disorders are common and increasing in prevalence. This is particularly true for people with eating disorders who are of higher weight. This population comprises more than half of all people with an eating disorder in Australia with rates of eating disorders increasing most in people with higher weight.
That’s not because you gained body fat, but because of water retention from extra salt that was in the food you ate.
Behavioral and emotional signs and symptoms of binge-eating disorder include–
- Eating unusually large amounts of food in a specific amount of time, such as over a two-hour period
- Feeling that your eating behavior is out of control
- Eating even when you’re full or not hungry
- Eating rapidly during binge episodes
- Eating until you’re uncomfortably full
- Frequently eating alone or in secret
- Feeling depressed, disgusted, ashamed, guilty or upset about your eating
- Frequently dieting, possibly without weight loss
Choose minimally processed, whole foods-whole grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts, healthful sources of protein (fish, poultry, beans), and plant oils. Limit sugared beverages, refined grains, potatoes, red and processed meats, and other highly processed foods, such as fast food.
12 Key Fundamentals of Losing Weight
- Calories Matter(. If you want to lose weight, you must create some sort of calorie deficit.)
- Focus on Eating Whole Foods and High-Fibre Foods.
- Portion Control.
- Be More Active.
- Eat More Fruit and Veg
- Drink More Water.
- Cut Down on Alcohol.
- Don’t Keep Junk Food in the House.
- Read food labels before having food
- Plan your meals
- Eat regularly meals and dont skip breakfast
Lifestyle and home remedies
Typically, treating binge-eating disorder on your own isn’t effective. But in addition to professional help, you can take these self-care steps to reinforce your treatment plan:
Stick to your treatment. Don’t skip therapy sessions. If you have a meal plan, do your best to stick to it and don’t let setbacks derail your overall efforts.
Avoid dieting, unless it’s supervised. Trying to diet can trigger more binge episodes, leading to a vicious cycle that’s hard to break. Talk with your medical care provider about appropriate weight management strategies for you — don’t diet unless it’s recommended for your eating disorder treatment and supervised by your medical care provider.
Eat breakfast. Many people with binge-eating disorder skip breakfast. But, if you eat breakfast, you may be less prone to eating higher calorie meals later in the day.
Arrange your environment. Availability of certain foods can trigger binges for some people. Keep tempting binge foods out of your home or limit your exposure to those foods as best you can.
Get the right nutrients. Just because you may be eating a lot during binges doesn’t mean you’re eating the kinds of food that supply all the essential nutrients. Ask your medical care provider if you need to adjust your diet to provide essential vitamins and minerals.
Stay connected. Don’t isolate yourself from caring family members and friends who want to see you get healthy. Understand that they have your best interests at heart.
Get active. Ask your medical care provider what kind of physical activity is appropriate for you, especially if you have health problems related to being overweight.
The treatment plan for BED depends on the causes and severity of the eating disorder, as well as individual goals.
- Treatment may target binge eating behaviors, excess weight, body image, mental health issues, or a combination of these.
- Therapy options include cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, dialectical behavior therapy, weight loss therapy, and medication. These may be carried out on a one-to-one basis, in a group setting, or in a self-help format.
- In some people, just one type of therapy may be required, while others may need to try different combinations until they find the right fit.
- A medical or mental health professional can provide advice on selecting an individual treatment plan.
- It’s characterized by repeated, uncontrolled episodes of eating large amounts of food and often accompanied by feelings of shame and guilt.
- It can have negative effects on overall health, body weight, self-esteem, and mental health.
- Fortunately, very effective treatments are available for BED, including CBT and IPT. There are also many healthy lifestyle strategies that can be incorporated into everyday life.
- The first step in overcoming BED is to ask for help from a medical professional.