What is Binge Eating?
Binge eating is an eating disorder characterized by a loss of control over eating behavior and the consumption of excess amounts of food within a short period of time. It is defined as having at least 2 binge episodes a weak for at least 6 months.
People with binge eating disorder are usually preoccupied with weight and food. They usually have high personal standards. Binge eating disorder is most common in older, overweight women.
Most people with binge eating disorder are obese. Obesity is defined as being more than 20 percent above a healthy body weight. Normal-weight people also can be affected.
Symptoms of Binge Eating
Some of the most common symptoms are:
What Causes Binge Eating disorder?
The exact cause of binge eating disorder is unknown.
How is Binge Eating disorder different from Bulimia?
How is Binge Eating disorder different form Anorexia?
The main difference between binge eating and anorexia is that people with anorexia often eat very little and exercise excessively.
Complications of Binge Eating disorder
The most common complications of binge eating disorder are the diseases that accompany obesity. These disease include diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, gallbladder disease, heart disease, and some forms of cancer.
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