Binge eating disorder is a potentially life-threatening disorder. Individuals who struggle with binge eating disorder frequently consume abnormally large amounts of food and feel as though they’re unable to stop eating, which can result in tragic consequences. Women and girls who are suffering from binge eating disorder generally feel embarrassed about overeating and pledge to stop. However, the impulses and urges to continue binge eating are often too much to ignore.
Women and girls who have binge eating disorder often display behaviors that can be considered warning signs by friends and family members. These actions do not necessarily mean that she is suffering from binge eating disorder, but they merit a conversation.
Some examples of binge eating disorder warning signs include:
The symptoms of binge eating disorder go a step beyond the warning signs. For any woman or girl who displays some of the symptoms listed below, professional intervention is likely necessary.
It is important to note that while some women and girls who have binge eating disorders are overweight, those who maintain an average weight can still be susceptible.
Some examples of binge eating disorder symptoms include:
There is little known about the specific causes of binge eating disorder, which typically begins in adolescence or young adulthood. However, some studies show that there are a few genetic and environmental risk factors that can lead to the development of binge eating disorder symptoms. These include:
The impact of binge eating disorder can be severe. Among the most common affects you might experience if binge eating disorder is not treated include:
Added weight and subsequent negative health effects are often a concern with binge eating disorder. Purging, fasting, and excessive exercise are not commonly associated with binge eating disorder, so some women and girls who are struggling with these behaviors often gain weight until they receive proper care.
Generally speaking, the severity of binge eating disorder depends on how often episodes of bingeing occur each week. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), the diagnostic level of severity is as follows:
It’s very common for people who struggle with symptoms of binge eating disorder to also suffer from other types of mental illness or addiction concerns. With overlapping diseases, these struggles can be more intense and harder to manage.
The providers at Ample Grace Psychiatry understand the potential severity of co-occurring disorders. During your time in our care, they will address any additional challenges you face along with binge eating disorder.