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Binge-eating disorder is commonly known by compulsive overeating or consuming above normal amounts of food while feeling unable while feeling unable to stop and or at loss of control of eating. Episodes of binge eating are typically classified as occurring on average a minimum of twice per week. Binge eating occurs in both men and women it can often leads to the development of unwanted weight gain which can directly reinforce further compulsive eating resulting in obesity.

Men and women who are suffering from this so-called eating disorder struggle with many aspects in life and one of it is their emotions; they struggle with emotions with disgust and guilt and often have a related co-morbidity such as anxiety, depression, and even suicidal thoughts. These negative feelings the person feels while having binge eating disorder often lead him or her to continue to use food to cope; hence, the vicious cycle is created.

Though the exact cause of binge eating disorder is still unknown, there are still many factors that are thought to cause a person to have or develop this kind of eating disorder. Number one factor is biological abnormalities such as hormonal irregularities or genetic mutations. These two may be associated with food addiction and or compulsive eating. Number two is the strong correlation that has been established between depression and this binge eating disorder. The person who feels dissatisfied with his or her body, plus the low self-esteem and the difficulty coping with stress and emotions can also contribute to the development of this disorder. Number three is the traumatic situations the person having the disorder has experienced. Social pressures also triggers emotional eating or the compulsive eating. Persons subject to critical comments about their bodies and weight may also be vulnerable to binge eating disorder.

While these individuals suffering from the disorder of binge-eating experience embarrassment or shame about their eating habits, symptoms may often be hidden. Though it is usually hidden there are some behavioral and emotional symptoms that can be associated with the binge eating disorder. One is if the person continually eats even when he or she is full. He or she may also feel lost of control or feels inability to stop eating. Persons with this disorder or developing this disorder usually feels numbness or lack of sensation while binge eating. He or she never experience satiation or the state of being satisfied no matter the amount of food is consumed. There are consequences of binge eating  disorder and it involves many difficulties socially, emotionally and the top of it all is the difficulty physically. Some of those physical complications of having binge eating disorder are cardiovascular diseases, type two diabetes mellitus, hypertension, gastrointestinal pain, and muscle or joint pain. Emotional effects of binge eating disorder is depression and or anxiety.

The only treatment and the most effective way to address binge eating disorder is to seek professional support and treatment from healthcare professionals including psychiatrists, nutritionists and therapists. There would also be treatment program that would address the underlying issues associated with destructive eating habits that focuses on the central cause of the problem. It is necessary to concentrate first on the healing of the emotional causative factors that triggers binge eating disorder. Having proper guidance and establishing healthy coping mechanisms to deal with stress, depression, anxiety and such.

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