Staying up till late night and binge watching our favourite television series is something that we all are guilty of. The way that the last episode never comes before completing the entire series is quite similar to the case of binge eating. Binge eating is a disorder due to which a person tends to consume large amounts of food continuously and is unable to stop. Where berating during the festive season is completely normal, people with this disorder tend towards excessive overeating due to some kind of emotional distress. The overeating or over consumption of food in this disorder can not be controlled by the person and hence they do not realise that when they get actually feel hungry. Let us get ahead and learn more about this disorder from Dietician Upasna Sharma, Head Dietician, Max Hospital, Gurgaon.
What is Binge Eating Disorder?
Binge eating is a condition that is observed in people who are overweight or obse. Slim and healthy people generally do not experience this disorder. People who suffer from this disorder do not indulge themselves into activities like forceful vomiting, purging, fasting and strenuous exercises after overeating. The overeating or over consumption of food in this disorder can not be controlled by the person and hence they do not realise that when they get hungry. Large amounts of food is consumed in a
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go due to this disorder and people keep eating till the time they don’t feel uncomfortable. People suffering from this disorder generally prefer to sit and eat alone so that they are not seen by others as they are scared that someone might discover they are suffering from any kind of eating disorder. This disorder does not have a compulsion to overeat by doing it by choice. This is a psychiatric illness that leads to overeating but is not a compulsive disorder.
Causes of Binge Eating Disorder
Binge eating disorder is a psychiatric illness that leads to overeating in people. People with this disorder do not realise when they are hungry and end up overeating. Here are some of the reasons due to which a person might get affected by this disorder.
- Psychiatric illness
- Body image issues
- Loss of control
- Cultural factors
- Occupational factors
- Emotional trauma
Treatment for Binge eating Disorder
Primarily nutritional counselling and nutritional education plays an important role in treating the binge eating disorder. There is no standard procedure that can be used to treat two people suffering from this disorder. The first goal in this treatment is repo building with the patient which means to develop a sense of trust and confidence with the patient.
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Dieticians and family members of such people need to be very patient and supportive as this is a very slow process that needs to be held individually. There is no specific plan for this condition as it changes from person to person.
Dietician Upasna Sharma, Head Dietician, Max Hospital, Gurgaon.