Binge Eating Disorder, which is commonly known as BED, is quite widespread in the U.S. According to statistics, about 2.8 million in the US are suffering from BED. Among women, BED is quite common in early adulthood. As for men, BED usually happens in midlife. So what causes people to binge-eat? Here are three common causes so that you can consult your doctor about binge-eating disorder treatments.
Genetic mutations, hereditary, and hormonal irregularities all can cause binge-eating disorders and other eating-related problems. In some cases, if an immediate family member has a binge-eating disorder, your chances of developing the same medical condition is higher than others.
Studies have shown a strong link between depression, anxiety and binge-eating disorders. In fact, many people suffering from BED have been shown not only to suffer from depression but also from the inability to express and manage their own emotions. They could also be suffering from low self-esteem, dissatisfaction from their body issues, and even loneliness.
Peer pressure linked to body dissatisfaction and even the feeling of not belonging to a group can lead some people, particularly teens, to binge-eat. Emotional eaters can also suffer from BED, using food to comfort their social issues. In some cases, children who are often subjected to criticisms about their bodies and/or weight problems have high risks of developing the condition.
Get the Treatment You Need
If not diagnosed and treated, binge-eating disorders can lead to a series of more pressing problems, physical, social, and psychological. It can also cause people to suffer from related issues such as insomnia, severe depression, suicidal tendencies, and even life-threatening illnesses. If you think you or a loved one is silently suffering from an undiagnosed case of BED, get the diagnosis they need and help them get the treatment they require.