You’ve probably heard these phrases: “Why doesn’t she get off the couch and exercise?” “Why doesn’t he do anything about his weight?” “How does she live this way?”
These are what judgemental people used to say, as they believe everyone should have a certain weight or shape. Due to this stigma, issues to deal with binge-eating disorder and obesity are swept under the carpet. Erroneous assumptions lead to misconception. Let this article enlighten you.
Binge eating disorder is a psychiatric disorder
While most people tend to eat too much particularly on holidays, Eating Disorder Center of Denver says that those with BED have an urge to overeat and this causes major distress. These people binge at least once or twice a week for three months. As one of the many mental health conditions, BED is classified as a mental disorder.
Binge eating disorder is more common than HIV, Cancer or Schizophrenia
According to a national survey, BED affects an estimated 2.8 million adults. It is also more common among adults in the United States than bulimia and anorexia combined. Moreover, this disorder occurs at a similar rate across Asian communities, Latino, African Americans and white people.
Binge eating is not similar to bulimia
When making a physical observation, BED and bulimia seem similar as both people eat compulsively large amount of food and end up feeling guilty, ashamed or distressed. However, the difference is that people with bulimia try to get rid of extra calories by purging. This can be done through the use of diuretics, over-exercising or vomiting.
People who have BED are all not obese or overweight
You cannot tell if someone has BED by just looking at them. Binge eaters come in all sizes and shapes. While two binge eaters may consume the same amount of food, one may be bigger than the other depending on the rate at which calories are burned.
The good news is that binge eaters can greatly improve their health and have better quality of life once they visit eating disorders treatment centers. Going through a psychotherapy session can help address issues that contribute to this disorder. Medications have also been shown to help treat binge eating disorders.