Binge Eating Disorder: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 2)

shutterstock.com
shutterstock.com

Binge eating disorder is a very common problem, especially in the United States. We already brought you part one of this informative list of facts about this issue, and now we’re back with part two.

Number Eight: Binge Eating Disorder Affects Both Genders Equally

Although other eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia, tend to disproportionately occur in women, this one shows no discrimination according to sex, at least in the West world. Research outside of the West world is relatively non-existent and very needed.

Number Seven: Finding Specialists Can Be Difficult

Since this is such a new diagnosis officially, it’s not as easy to find specialists who are equipped to treat it, as it is with other health issues. For this reason, if you or someone you love is suffering from BED, you may need to interview several people before finding the right doctor. There are organizations working to change this, however, such as the Binge Eating Disorder Association.

Number Six: Overweight Binge Eaters are Not Always ‘Lazy’

There’s a common stereotype that people who have this disorder and become overweight as a result are lazy people, but this is not the case. Similar to anorexics, compulsive eaters are usually perfectionists who strive to control their lives and use binge eating as a release.

Number Five: It’s the Most Common Eating Disorder in the U.S.

Typically when we hear about eating disorders, we think of anorexics or bulimics. Many people don’t realize that binge eating disorder is the most common problem in this spectrum.

Number Four: BED Is the Result of, and Leads to, Many Separate Issues

Sufferers typically also experience anxiety, low self-worth, and depression. The disorder can also lead eventually to diabetes, heart disease, and even sever sleep problems such as sleep apnea.

Number Three: It Also Affects Children

This disorder is not just a problem with adults. Kids can also suffer, and family-based treatment, which involves relatives being involved throughout treatment programs, has shown to have a promising effect for children with BED.

Number Two: The Most Common Eating Disorder Among Males

This problem affects all different types of people, races, and demographic groups. Out of the few eating disorders that exist, BED is the most common one for men.

Number One: It Most Commonly Appears at Age 25

Though it can occur in childhood or adulthood, typically it comes about in the mid 20s. We hope you found part two of our list educational.

SHARE