Contrary to common public perception, binge eating is not just a habit of overeating. It is a serious condition that you need to address to help the person get out of the situation. Public awareness of binge eating disorder will help identify the illness and provide appropriate treatments.
BED can lead to complex medical and psychiatric conditions
Binge eating can lead to medical complications resulting in additional diseases like Type 2 diabetes, heart problems, hypertension, and high cholesterol. Psychiatric complications include bipolar disorder, depression, and drug abuse.
Therapies and treatments are available for patients with BED
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) helps identify the patient’s behavioral pattern to address his emotional and social problems. Nutritionists monitor his weight and supervise his diet. Interpersonal psychotherapy evaluates his relationships with family and friends.
Medications like antidepressants can also help. Support groups are also available for fast recovery. One method or a combination of these binge eating disorder treatments could be effective to the patient.
The condition is often misdiagnosed
Due to misinformation, people often refer persons with BED to fitness clinics to address their weight problem. The truth is, their eating habits have something to do with the biological, psychological, and social aspects of their lives.
Moreover, there are misconceptions that if you’re overweight, you binge or overeat. If you’re underweight, you don’t binge or overeat. These are all false assumptions.
BED treatment is more than having discipline
Simply controlling one’s eating habits is not enough to treat binge eating disorder. The person’s need for food needs treatment. More so, lecturing the patients on the do’s and don’ts about eating will not make him change his or her habits.
One has to be patient and compassionate about the condition. This will encourage the patient to cooperate, which will surely yield long-lasting changes.
Binge eaters do not stop eating until they are uncomfortably full
Overeating causes the brain to release dopamine. These chemicals give pleasure to eating. The person cannot control himself when eating; hence, the habit becomes addictive.
With the right information, you can help diagnose patients with BED accordingly. For treatments to be effective and long-lasting, the patient needs compassion and empathy.