Men and Women Are Affected By Binge Eating Disorder
Men and women receive different assignments of eating disorder based on gender stereotypes. Eating disorders can and do affect millions of both men and women. Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are two of the most well known eating disorders. However, the population of both men and women suffering from eating disorders does not compare to binge eating disorder. Binge eating disorder is the most common diagnosis for eating disorders among adults.
Binge Eating Disorder Doesn’t Discriminate
Mental illnesses does not discriminate based on gender, race, culture, language, skin tone, weight, size, or shape. Mistakenly, many assume that binge eating disorder might occur most often in heavy to obese adults. On the contrary, binge eating disorder affects normal weight adults, even those with high metabolism and characteristics like athleticism.
Compulsive Overeating and Binge Eating Are Not The Same
Though overeating is a compulsive issue which affects many, it is not a diagnosable psychiatric issue. Unfortunately, compulsive overeating is not met with the same clinical support as binge eating disorder. There are twelve step support groups like Overeaters Anonymous which provide emotional support and helpful eating plans.
Binge eating disorder, however is a psychiatric issue. Binge eating is not the same as overeating. Binge eating refers to involuntary episodes of eating much more than an occasion would warrant, not being able to stop, and experiencing feelings of remorse or guilt afterwards. Binge episodes are not the same as overeating episodes as they are not emotionally based.
Binge Eating Disorder Isn’t Just About Eating
Bingeing episodes of the binge eating disorder caliber can gravely affect health and wellness. As a result, binge eating disorder impairs quality of life and the ability to participate in one’s life.
Signs and Symptoms of Binge Eating Disorder
- Consistent episodes of eating an excessive amount of food
- While in a bingeing episode, feeling out of control, as if they couldn’t stop if they wanted to
- Experience feelings of distress and discomfort during and after bingeing episodes
- No instances of compensation through harmful measures such as purging or excessive exercise
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