Eating disorders are a common disease in today’s world. A lot of women are affected by eating disorders and fight with this disease on a day to day basis. Eating disorders include anorexia, bulimia and compulsive eating disorder. In this article we will discuss about compulsive eating disorder, which is the most common among all eating disorders. Compulsive eating or binge eating disorder is characterized with an obsessive relationship with food. A person suffering from this disorder will engage in frequent episodes of uncontrollable eating or binge eating, feeling out of control they will keep eating even after they are full and are not comfortable eating any more.
They will have huge quantities of food at one time as they tend to eat quickly without chewing. In addition to binge eating they will resort to grazing behavior, which is frequently returning to pick food throughout the day. This will result in huge calorie consumption in one day. Such episodes will be followed by feelings of depression and guilt. Patients of compulsive eating disorder will keep fantasizing about food and will eat even when they are not hungry. They will spend a lot of time thinking about food and will fantasize about eating alone.
Compulsive eating disorder will lead to a lot of physical & metal problems such as weight gain, obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart diseases, kidney diseases, hyper tension, major depression, etc. Long term side effects include bone deterioration, arthritis and stroke. These patients will suffer from inferiority complex and low self esteem. They will have problems leading a normal and healthy life, and their family life will also get affected due to this disease.
Professional treatment is recommended for patients of binge eating/ compulsive eating disorder. binge eating disorder treatment is available in all drug rehabilitation centers. This disorder can be treated with counseling and therapy. Most of the patients who go through binge compulsive/binge eating disorder treatments will recover completely or will have significant reduction in their disease. These treatments will include providing psychological help to the patient, so that her/his emotional conflicts are resolved.
Before the treatment begins these patients will go through an initial assessment by the doctors who will try and understand the patients complete life, and address issues such as social experiences, family and culture. The treatment program will be based on these factors and will be modified as per each patients need and comfort. The behavioral patterns which emerge due to emotional problems, resulting in binge eating, will be resolved so that they develop a healthier relationship with food. Treatments will include psychotherapy, group therapy, medical and nutritional counseling and lectures on healthy living.