Research shows that binge-eating disorder, which is more common than other eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia, affects more women than men. Experts say that despite popular opinion that binge eating is a mood or phase, it is a serious issue that needs to be addressed. Regence BlueCross BlueShield’s executive medical director Dr. Amy Khan states that eating disorders often represent serious mental health conditions.
Khan explains that eating disorders are serious ailments that can impact an individual’s social, emotional and physical functioning. This is in addition to affecting their cardiovascular health and causing gastrointestinal issues. The disorders are also known to affect a person’s metabolic and neurological function and have been associated with obesity.
Symptoms of binge-eating disorder include:
- Frequent dieting without weight loss
- Feeling guilty, upset, disgusted, ashamed or depressed about one’s eating
- Consuming food in secret or alone frequently
- Consuming food until one is uncomfortably full
- Eating quickly during a binge episode
- Eating when one is not hungry or when full
- Feeling that your eating behavior is out of control
- Consuming unusually huge food amounts in short periods of time
A survey conducted last year demonstrated worsening symptoms and an increase in eating disorders throughout the pandemic. Data shows that there was a 30% increase in bulimia nervosa, with binge-eating disorder also reporting significant increases. Reports from the National Eating Disorders Association also show that help-line calls also rose by 40% since March 2020.
Khan stated that saying that people were going through a phase or that they were choosing abnormal behaviors associated with eating were misconceptions, noting that being afflicted with these disorders wasn’t a moral failing. She added that increased levels of anxiety and stress could contribute to the condition’s development, along with excessive dieting and a family history of the disorders.
In addition to this, Khan explained that individuals suffering from binge eating disorder often ate large amounts of food in two hours, weekly for a few months, adding that most exhibited a lack of control and would eat more quickly than normal, which left most feeling uncomfortable sometimes. Khan asserted that individuals suffering from this disorder also ate large amounts of food even when they weren’t hungry, which aligns with symptoms mentioned above.
If you or a loved one is dealing with eating disorders such as binge eating, consulting with a physician or eating-disorder specialist or attending a support group as virtual interventions may be of help. If you require immediate assistance, you can use the 1-800-931-2237 National Eating Disorder help line to get help.
Companies such as Tryp Therapeutics Inc. (CSE: TRYP) (OTCQB: TRYPF) are also engaged in research to develop effective remedies for binge-eating disorder, so there is hope for the millions afflicted by this condition.
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