The study of binge eatingin over 9300 people, many of whom are obese is very important.
It shows that it affects 3.5 percent of women and 2 percent of men…and that it is treatable and curable.
Binge eating disorder lasts 8 years, on average (vs. anorexia, which lasts less than 2 years on average).
If three of these sound like you–
# eat an unusually large portions even when not really hungry
# keep eating until uncomfortably full
# eat alone or in secret because of shame or embarrassment
# snack or graze continuously without ever feeling satisfied or full
# eat large quantities when stressed emotionally # unable to control what or how much you are eating
# consistently feel disgusted, depressed, or guilty after overeating
…then see a physician specialist. Medication and therapy are both effective, and you should get started.
Men and women between the ages of 18 and 29 were most likely to be diagnosed with an eating disorder. Binge eating is often associated with depression, anxiety or both.
Here are the diagnostic criteria for binge eating disorder.