Binge Eating Disorder

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Defining Binge Eating Disorder

Binge eating disorder or BED was initially recognized as night eating disorder. This is a typical disorder found in individuals who have a tendency to eat at night. Compulsions to eat at night can be understood as BED. Many people misunderstand it for other eating disorders like bulimia nervosa. The characteristics of both the disorders are quite similarly related to over-eating. In BED the person doesn’t feel the need to get rid of the eaten food and it eventually leads to obesity. Also, BED is characterized by trivial regularity of excessive eating in a person’s routine. Its key characteristic was nocturnal eating but has now been generalized.

Today, people suffering from BED are found in large numbers. This disorder is commonly not taken too seriously. But it is important to take it seriously because this is an unhealthy habit and it would eventually lead to greater risks and worse situations in life. Although the BED cannot be classified as a brain related disorder, it is still a condition of the human brain described by the inability of a person to stop nocturnal eating. This habit is usually not out of hunger or need for food. Research shows that it happens mostly to men. BED can eventually lead to serious obesity related troubles. It occurs due to restlessness and indulgence is typically a consequence of the impatience.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Eating food at late at night at least twice a week
  • Trouble with controlling the urge for food
  • Low self-control
  • Increase in body weight
  • Feeling the need to eat after meals or in between wholesome meals
  • Not feeling the need to purge after excessive eating

Causes and Risk Factors

Binge eating disorder is found in men more likely as compared to women. Research has also found the connection of BED with a person’s lifestyle. It is usually found in individuals with workaholic lifestyle. Usually it begins with missing timely meals and eating at odd hours. Also, obese or overweight people are more likely to indulge into it as they feel that they have nothing to lose. The looming risks of increasing BED may occur due to the following reasons:

  • Working during odd hours or working till late
  • Family history of binge eating
  • Stress

Binge eating is an unhealthy form of coping with stress. Most people indulge because they becomes insensitive to their appetite. Brain’s anxiety makes people hog lots of food in one go. But it can eventually lead to bigger life risks like:

  • Obesity
  • Heart trouble and cardiac attacks
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic depression
  • Low self-esteem


As already discussed in detail, Binge eating disorder is not a statistically listed neurological disorder. It can be mistaken or accepted as a person’s habit. It is not just a habit and it needs to be taken more seriously. As it results is weight gain and obesity, it leads to further health troubles caused due to obesity. This disorder deprives a person of proper nutritious food. Binge food intake is usually made of high cholesterol and high sugar junk food. As a result, it changes the food priorities of an individual.

Over-eating should be treated by bringing about a major lifestyle change. This change may consist of inclusion of an exercise regime, timely meals, home cooked healthier food and timely sleeping routine. These little changes in a person’s way of life can bring about a major transformation in curing the BED. It is important for all of us to treat this behavior as an abnormal practice and spread more awareness about its consequences.


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