Binge Eating Disorder: Learning The Differences Between

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Binge Eating Disorder: Learning the Differences Between Disorders, and How to Spot and Treat it Whether one is skinny or fat, one can suffer from an eating disorder. Eating disorders can be difficult to manage, one specifically being binge eating disorder. Binge eating disorder is an eating disorder in which one compulsively overeats, or is unable to stop eating large quantities of food, at least twice in one week, over a period of six months (Binge Eating Disorder, 2014). Binge eating is more commonly known for eating very rapidly until one is full at a very uncomfortable level, eating these large quantities of food when one is not hungry, and ultimately the feelings of disgust or self-hatred after consuming these large amounts of food…show more content…
Not only can binge eating disorder be harmful to the body, but it is also the most common eating disorder between both males and females (Albert and Kelly, 2003). While binge eating is the most common, that does not mean that the other eating disorders like bulimia nervosa or anorexia are not as prevalent. Anorexia nervosa is very common, mostly with women and teenagers and is quite dangerous if not given the appropriate treatment (Woodside, and Garfinkel, 1992). Definitions and Symptoms One kind of binge eating disorder is a subtype of anorexia nervosa. Anorexia nervosa is a disorder where a person does not eat hardly any food, causing them to lose a significant amount of weight, usually because of a fear of gaining weight or because they feel they are overweight when they are actually unusually thin (Comer, 2014). This can be extremely dangerous because if one does not eat food, then how are they expected to stay alive? Anorexia nervosa is one of the most dangerous of the eating disorders since people who have this disorder never eat, they often starve to death or die from malnutrition One of the subtypes of anorexia nervosa is binge eating and purging, where one consumes large amounts of food and then finds a way to get rid of the food whether it be through vomiting, laxatives, or intense exercise (Halmi,
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