- the most common eating disorder among men
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- individual care helps recovery
As in the case of bulimia, BED (Binge Eating Disorder) is associated with uncontrolled consumption of huge amounts of food over a relatively short period of time, although no compensatory behaviour occurs afterwards. Episodes of overeating are a reaction to persistent stress – as reaching for food is a natural way to raise the level of dopamine in the brain and boost the brain’s reward circuitry. Overeating usually leads to overweight and obesity, although studies show that weight alone is not a risk factor. Since the disorder may result from improper diet, mental or genetic problems, there is a need for individual diagnosis of each BED case.
Symptoms and effects of overeating
Binge Eating Disorder can bring about serious health complications, both of the physical and emotional nature. It may also result in many of the risks commonly associated with obesity, like diabetes, heart disease and sleep apnoea. Among the emotional consequences widely linked with this eating disorder, the most frequent are anxiety, depression and low self-esteem. These factors have a great impact on the quality of life, both for individuals and their relatives.
The most common symptoms of overeating
- regularly eating more food than most people would do in a single sitting
- having binge eating episodes at least once a week for three months or longer
- feeling out of control while you’re eating
- eating a lot even when you’re not hungry
- eating alone, particularly because you’re embarrassed about how much you’re eating
- eating really fast or past the point of feeling full
Our treatment programme aims to unveil the physical and emotional factors beneath eating habits, to help you cease binge eating and undertake solid steps toward long-term recovery. We also assist in finding the right responses to increasing emotional problems, like using various relaxation techniques in the calming atmosphere of a luxury rehab house instead of reaching out for food. Your medical and nutritional needs are an object of our special attention at The Kusnacht Practice, so that we may manage to shape the correct and hopeful programme for uplifting your body and spirit.