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What is a binge eating disorder?

Binge eating is considered a serious eating disorder. This condition involves consuming unusually large amounts of food. Almost all individuals overeat on occasion such as during holiday meals. However, for some individuals, the overeating can cross the line to binge eating. The binge eating could become a regular occurrence and may be done in secret (closet eaters). An individual may become deeply embarrassed about the gorging and could vow to stop. The individual may feel a compulsion that they cannot resist the urges and could continue with the binge eating. Treatment may be beneficial in treating the disorder. When someone shows signs of binge eating, questions can arise regarding the causes, symptoms and treatments. Read below for questions that have been answered by Experts about binge eating.

What are ways to overcome binge eating?

Strategies that can help to overcome binge eating can include:

• Eat three meals a day along with healthy snacks. The metabolism can be jump started by eating breakfast in the morning. Breakfast should be followed by a balanced lunch and dinner with healthy snacks in between. Skipping meals can lead to binge eating later in the day, therefore an individual may need to stick to scheduled mealtimes.

• Avoiding temptation. An individual may overeat if they eat junk food, desserts and unhealthy snacks. The temptations may need to be removed from the refrigerator and cupboards.

• Managing stress. Finding alternate ways to handle stress and other overwhelming feelings without the use of food could help to control the binge eating. The ways to help control stress can include exercising, meditating, sensory relaxation strategies and simple breathing exercises.

• Stop dieting. Food cravings can be triggered by the deprivation and hunger of strict dieting. An individual may need to focus on moderation instead of dieting.

What are medications that can be used to treat binge eating?

The medications that can be used to treat binge eating disorder can include:

• Appetite suppressants: Appetite suppressing medications such as Sibutramine can help reduce the number of binge eating episodes and could promote weight loss.

• Topamax: the seizure medication can help decrease the episodes and help increase weight loss. However the medication could have some side effects such as fatigue, dizziness, and burning or tingling sensations.

• Antidepressants: These medications can help decrease episodes in individuals with bulimia. These medications may also help individuals with binge eating disorder.

What effect does self-esteem have on binge eating?

Most binge eating episodes can be precipitated by negative thoughts. These thoughts can be self-critical, or anxiety or depressive in nature. The act of binge eating can make an individual feel good at first however negative physical symptoms such as nausea which can replace the feelings of anxiety or depression. However this replacement may only be temporary. For an individual with binge eating disorder, the emotional pain is being replaced with the physical pain of over eating.

What type of medical practitioner can help treat binge eating?

Binge eating disorder can be treated while working with a therapist that specializes in eating disorders. There may be several different options from traditional outpatient one on one counseling to group therapy. Medication may be needed if there are any underlying disorders such as depression or anxiety. Psychotropic medications may be prescribed for some individuals with eating disorders. Changes in an eating pattern can be triggered by depressive symptoms.

This condition is considered a serious eating disorder. With the help of a qualified medical practitioner, control of the condition may be gained through lifestyle changes and possibly with the use of medications. Anytime an individual is showing signs of binge eating disorder, questions and concerns can arise. For more information or answers to these questions, an individual can contact an Expert.
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