Binge Eating Disorder is a severe eating disorder in which you frequently consume unusually large amounts of food. You may develop psychological and physical problems related to binge eating. Some of these complications arise from being overweight due to frequent bingeing. Other complications may occur because of unhealthy yo-yo eating habits — bingeing followed by harsh dieting. Also, food consumed during a binge is often high in fat and low in protein and other nutrients, which could lead to health problems.
Dangers of Binge Eating Disorder
Complications that may be caused by, or linked with, binge-eating disorder include:
- Suicidal thoughts
- High blood pressure
- Type-2 diabetes
- High cholesterol
- Gallbladder disease and other digestive problems
- Heart disease
- Some types of cancer
- Joint pain
- Muscle pain
- Menstrual problems
Research suggests that weight fluctuations (which can result from binge-eating disorder, particularly when accompanied by periods of restriction) are more harmful to a person’s health than a stable, above-average weight.
Emotional Complications of Binge Eating Disorder
Women and girls suffering from binge eating disorder may find that they feel bad about themselves or their lives. They may experience problems functioning at school, work, with their personal life, or in social situations. The secrecy of binge eating disorder and the feeling of shame or depression that accompany this unhealthy pattern of behavior may lead to social isolation as well.
Discover a Life Free From Binge Eating Disorder
Recovery from binge eating disorder is possible. Women and girls come to us after years of living in conflict with food. After breaking the cycle of the binge eating behaviors and learning new skills and tools, they can return to life with a new, healthy relationship with food.
For additional information about the treatment of eating disorders at The Meadows Ranch, please call to speak to an Intake Coordinator at 866-390-5100 or complete the form below and we will contact you with the information you need.