A new eating disorder has been noted and it affects a great many women. Health Briefs TV defines what B.E.D. is and how to beat it.
Binge eating affects millions of women and some men. The most recent version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders reports that Binge Eating Disorder affects 2.8 million women and men. It is not the same as bulimia, which is gorging on food and then purging it to get rid of the extra calories. BED is just the gorging on certain foods in one sitting until the person is way past feeling full. It typically starts at around age 21. The person with BED binges at least once a week for three months. BED affects people over the age of 21 also. And it is also done in private.
People who live with Binge Eating Disorder might feel out of control when eating. Feelings of shame follow an episode of it. Doctors recommend talking to a therapist about the underlying reasons for consuming vast amounts of food, and learning how to control it.
The Health Briefs TV show wants to note that gorging on a favorite food every now and then does not define BED. It is the all-consuming need to fill oneself with food to the point of overeating and feeling overly stuffed. If these signs seem relevant to someone you know, seek a medical professional’s advice.