Binge Eating Disorder

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Introduction

Through time, the definition of the word ‘binge' has evolved to mean different things altogether. In the 70s, people binge when they go on a "drunken spree." (The American Heritage Dictionary) Today, people binge when they overindulge, not in alcoholic beverages, but in food. Many like to use this word trivially, to describe an episode of slight overeating. There are some, however, who cannot afford to see binging as an insignificant rise in food intake. When they binge, these people gorge and find themselves losing control over the amount of food they consume. They are the people who suffer from the binge-eating disorder. (Fairburn, 1995)

What is Binge-Eating Disorder?
Binge-eating disorder is a common illness that faced
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They also tend to consume a lot of what we call ‘fattening' foods, foods that "carry the social stigma of ‘junk' or ‘bad' foods", such as ice cream, cookies, sweets, potato chips, and other snacks (Wardlaw & Smith, 2006). Studies have shown too, that people with binge-eating disorder "consume significantly more meat than (those) without binge-eating disorder." (Cooke et al, 1996) As can be gathered from these food choices, and was scientifically tested, people with binge-eating disorder consume a greater percentage of energy as fat, and a lesser percentage of as protein than those without this eating disorder (Yanovski et al, 1992). Each of these factors can lead to unhealthy weight gain, which explains the commonness of obesity among bingers.
Apart from obesity, patients with binge-eating disorder are also generally poor in health. They are reported to have "poorer functioning and lower scores on all six scales of the General Health Survey." (Bulik & Kjennerud, 2003) Findings go on to show that there is an "increased prevalence of joint pain, headaches, gastrointestinal problems, menstrual problems, shortness of breath, chest pain, and Type II diabetes" among them. (Bulik & Kjennerud, 2003) Bingers also suffer from sleeping problems; Statistics show that they are seven times more likely to experience sleeping difficulties than those
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