John is in the process of eating a whole package of cookies and a large bag of chips, meanwhile he is doing his Biology homework. He hates that he's overweight, but he can'tseem to stop bingeing. In the back of his mind, he knows that in an hour or so he's going to feel guilty and disgusted with himself, but right now it feels like he just can't stop eating.
During ourteens, the body demands extra nutrients to support growth of muscle and bone, but binge eating is different from normal appetite increases or overeating from time to time. People with a binge eatingproblem consume unusually large amounts of food on a regular basis. They often eat quickly, do other things while eating (like watch TV or do homework), and don't stop eating when they're full. People whobinge eats are usually overweight or even obese, because they habitually consume more calories than their bodies can use. As a result, they may feel bad about themselves and about their bodies.
ButBinge eating involves more than just eating a lot. Emotions often play a role. People with a binge eating problem may overeat when they feel stressed, upset, hurt, or angry. Many find it comforting toeat, but after a binge they're likely to feel guilty and sad about the out of control eating. Binge eating is often a mixed up way of dealing with or avoiding difficult emotions. Usually, people whobinge eats aren't aware of what's driving them to overeat.
The causes of binge eating disorder are still not very clear, some experts believe that binge eating occurs because the person's genes,emotions, and behaviors (such as eating patterns) learned during childhood. There’s also belief that minute deregulations of the digestive system may cause binge eating disorder, though this is, as yet,unproven.
The major complications of binge eating disorder are the diseases that accompany obesity. These include diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, gallbladder disease, heart...