Binge Eating is an eating disorder where a person feels they have to overeat through regular binges. People who binge eat consume very large amounts of food over a short period of time, even when they’re not hungry. People who often binge eat feel they have no control, so they often do so in private because they feel embarrassed, guilty or disgusted with their behavior. Anyone can be affected by binge eating and its estimated that there’s around 1 to 30 or 1 to 50 percent chance of a person developing this disorder. Now, feeding and eating disorders are not just about food alone, which is why they’re recognized as psychiatric disorders. These set of people deal with a deeper issue or other psychological conditions such as anxiety or depression. Today, we’d be discussing the causes of the disorder
Causes of Bing Eating
Genetics: People with BED may have increased sensitivity to dopamine, a chemical in the brain that’s responsible for feelings of reward and pleasure. There is also strong evidence that the disorder is inherited. Basically, a person is much more likely to have an eating disorder if the parents or siblings have (or had) an eating disorder.
Dieting: Many people with binge-eating disorder have a history of dieting. Dieting or restricting calories during the day may trigger an urge to binge eat, especially if you have symptoms of depression.
Emotional trauma: Stressful life events, such as abuse, death, separation from a family member, or a car accident, are risk factors. Childhood bullying due to weight may also contribute to the disorder.
Psychological issues: Many people who have binge-eating disorder feel negatively about themselves and their skills and accomplishments. Triggers for bingeing can include stress, poor body self-image and the availability of preferred binge foods. Almost 80% of people with BED have at least one other psychological disorder, such as phobias, depression, post traumatic stress (PTSD), bipolar disorder, anxiety, or substance abuse.