Binge Eating Disorder
Binge Eating Disorder (BED)
Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is characterized by recurrent binge eating without the regular use of compensatory measures to counter the binge eating while feeling out of control, ashamed or disgusted over the behavior.
Compulsive Overeating is a newly recognized condition that probably affects millions of Americans. People with compulsive Overeating frequently eat large amounts of food while feeling a loss of control over their eating. This disorder is different from binge-purge syndrome (bulimia nervosa) because people with binge eating disorder usually do not purge afterward by vomiting or using laxatives. Individuals who compulsively overeat often use food as an addictive substance.
As others may turn to alcohol, drugs, or gambling to alleviate stress, compulsive overeaters turn to food. Food has many associations with comfort and self-nurturing. Unfortunately, anything that feels good can be abused. Compulsive overeaters may feel empty inside, and turn to food to help them feel full. Compulsive overeating is commonly referred to as binge eating.
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